The 10 Most Useful Apps for Architects & Designers

Applications to make designing easier

Following on from our previous post, The 10 Most Useful Apps For People Working At Heights, we have now put together some time saving apps for architects and building designers.

1.  CONSTRUCTION MANAGER for iPhone, iPad and Android

Ensure your site information such as maintenance logs, daily reports, project estimates and time sheets are up to date between company headquarters and construction sites.

2. AUTODESK A360  – VIEW CAD FILES for iPhone, iPad and Android

View 2D & 3D CAD models in over 50 different CAD file formats and navigate large-scale models. Review and markup the designs, measure dimensions and areas and track the project status at any time.

3.  PLANGRID for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows

Share your construction plans, annotations, photos and reports instantly with your entire team. The easiest way to track revisions, progress and issues with or without internet.

4.  BIMx for iPhone, iPad and Android

If you are an architect using ARCHICAD, BIMx is the perfect tool to present and/or share your designs with clients and contractors. Virtually make adjustments in the 3D model without the need for installing CAD software beforehand.


With an easy to use layout and features this app is capable of handling even the most demanding construction projects. Includes all the features found on advanced construction calculators but customised to suit touch screens.

6.  CONCEPT for iPhone

A free iPhone app which gives you the tools to visualise your ideas before putting pencil to paper. Explore the aesthetics of wood, concrete and steel with Concept’s image gallery.

7. MY MEASURES for iPhone, iPad and Android

Mark up photos with measurements, arrows, angles and text comments then share with others.

8.  MORPHOLIO TRACE – SKETCH CAD for iPhone and iPad

Do you still love to sketch? Trace allows you to sketch, draw, markup, design and create. Enhance your workflow easily with the flexibility of digital hand sketching.


Handy app which can calculate and email the material needed for your next concrete pad project.

10.  HOUZZ for iPhone, iPad and Android

Need inspiration? View over 16 million hi res images of interior and exterior designs on Houzz. Save, make annotations and share thousands of concepts to collaborators.

What apps do you use all day, every day?

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