Gifts For Architects in 2020

Skyline New York Chess Set

If you’re looking for an impressive gift, look no further than the Skyline New York Chess Set – some of the city’s most famous buildings, reimagined as black and white chess pieces for a stylish take on the much-loved board game.

Equilibrium Architects Scale

While it’s not the most expensive present on this list, the Equilibrium Architects Scale is arguably the most practical and will be a much-loved addition to any work space. With easy to read annotated units and 11 different scales, this is a great gift for any professional.

Rotring 800 Mechanical Pencil

With its full metal body offering the perfect balance of weight and fatigue-free writing, the Rotring 800 is a sleek and stylish pencil that any architect will be proud to use each day. The hexagonal barrel is comfortable to use, and the stylus provides great control and speed.

Picking the perfect gift for an architect

Architects are notoriously difficult to buy for – the level of attention they place on their work, on design and on functionality can make it an intimidating task when it comes to gift buying. Architects often have an impeccable sense of style and value the finer details, so what do you buy for someone when you want to impress and amaze them? When it comes to purchasing a gift for the architect in your life, the focus should be on stylish, impeccably-designed and smart items that make a statement.

Whether you’re trying to find something efficient and practical that will tie into their work, a small but fun gift that will make them smile, or a breath-taking and innovative design piece that will take pride of place in their office, there are some wonderful products on the market that any architect is sure to love. One thing each of these products has in common is their attention to aesthetics and stylishness. After all, great design is at the heart of everything any skilled architect creates, so it should follow suit in the gifts they receive.

Perhaps they have been working in the profession for years and would appreciate something a little different or maybe they’re an architect in training and would love a functional item that will help them on their way to developing their dream career. The following list features ten of the best gift ideas to suit the architect in your life, from books and puzzles to tools and models.

Architects will enjoy poring over the pages of this stunning book which puts the spotlight on over 150 entirely black buildings, from modern-day Hollywood homes to 15th century stone structures in Portugal, and myriad churches, libraries and skyscrapers in between. The book features work from some of the best architects in the world, from Peter Marino and Jean Nouvel to Philip Johnson, Eero Saarinen and Steven Holl. This is a great gift idea for architects who will love the masses of creative, monochromatic inspiration it provides. A visually beautiful and interesting book, Black helps readers to further appreciate the understated drama and beauty of black architectural masterpieces that have been created by some of the world’s leading architects over the past thousand years.


Key features:
  • Spans the last 1,000 years of architectural highlights
  • Beautiful exterior design makes this the ideal coffee table book
  • Striking images are paired with informative and fascinating text about each building

What could be more fun for an architect that recreating one of the most famous structures in the world out of LEGO pieces? The LEGO Architecture White House kit is a replica of the renowned James Hoban design that was chosen by President George Washington in 1792, standing 9 inches wide when fully assembled. The set comes with a base to stand the structure on and includes a printed name label, as well as a booklet with facts about the building’s history and construction. This design was chosen by the President out of six designs and remains to this day one of the most famous buildings in the world. This kit offers both the satisfaction that comes from building it initially, as well as the endless joy that will come from admiring it once it’s completed.


Key features:
  • The set includes 560 pieces and a base to stand the finished model on
  • Includes a booklet detailing the history of the White House and its construction
  • Highly detailed and accurate replica of the real-world White House building

Let everyone know there’s an architect around with a card case holder inspired by one of the most famous architects to have ever lived. The Frank Lloyd Wright Card Holder is made from stainless steel and comes packaged in a fabric pouch, making it a great gift that’s both lovely to look at and practical. The case has six compartments to store plenty of cards and IDs and features the famous Frank Lloyd Wright logo. Any architect who appreciates the work of Frank Lloyd Wright will surely be instantly charmed by this case. The design etched on the front is taken from one of the architectural genius’ designs, serving as great inspiration every day. What better way to store your cards and IDs than in a case inspired by the master of architecture?

Key features:
  • Measures 2 7/8 inches tall, 3.75 inches wide and 0.75 inches deep
  • A portion of the proceeds from the case go towards the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Offers great protection for all your IDs and credit cards with its stainless steel construction

The Rotring 800 Mechanical Pencil is one of the best drafting pencils in the world and has a premium hybrid design, working as a mechanical pencil and stylus due to the retractable mechanism. The hexagonal barrel provides plenty of comfort when sketching and writing, as well as preventing the pen from rolling off the table when placed down. The Rotring 800 has a precision stylus tip which gives the user excellent control and accuracy, whether you’re working on paper or sketching digitally. No architect can bring their thoughts to life without an efficient and great performing tool like this and the Rotring 800 is the ultimate in drafting pencils. It’s a pencil designed to last, ensuring years of creative use.


Key features:
  • Features a full metal body and retractable design
  • Guaranteed warranty for two years from the date of purchase against defects
  • Comes full loaded with a high-polymer HB lead and includes an eraser under the cap

A great stocking filler or token gift, the Architecture Coffee Mug would look perfect on any architect’s desk. If the person in question loves to drink coffee while they’re working on plans and sketching out designs, this is the ideal present that ticks both boxes. The mug itself has a great feel to it and is microwave and dishwasher safe, as well as arriving packaged in a matching gift box. If you’re struggling to find the perfect present for the architect who has everything, look no further than this fun coffee mug that’s sure to stand out in the workplace for all the right reasons.


Key features:
  • 10oz mug that’s microwave and dishwasher safe
  • Features clear drawings from 10 famous buildings around the world
  • Has a beautiful blueprint blue tone to it with a matte finish

3D pens can be a great tool for architects, allowing them to actually draw their model and bring it to life straight away. It’s the ideal present that integrates perfectly into the whole design process and is something that any architect would love to experiment with. The Tecboss 3D Printing Pen is able to us PLA and ABS filaments, so you can work with the material that suits you best and has an OLED display, so you can clearly see what temperature you’re working with. 3D pens are an alternative present idea that enables creative minds to experiment in different ways with their designs. Great for sketching, printing or just doodling 3D masterpieces, this printing pen is a fun and imaginative gift.


Key features:
  • Has an adjustable temperature design with a patented ceramic nozzle and stable extruding
  • Features 8-level speed control for the ultimate in creative expression
  • Includes two finger protectors for safer use while you’re creating

Striking, innovative and high-quality, the Skyline New York Chess Set is an injection-molded recreation of the NYC skyline in stylish black and white that any architect will appreciate. The individual pieces include the One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, among several other world-famous architectural highlights. The architecture of New York is praised the world over and many of its iconic buildings have found their way onto this chess board for you to admire each and every time you sit down to play, making this a considerate present which will remain a wonderful talking point for many years. 


Key features:
  • Injection-molded acrylic set imitating the NYC skyline
  • Comes in a presentation box for easy storage and preservation of the set
  • Makes a beautiful conversation piece for any architect, design student or chess aficionado

An invaluable tool for any architect, the Equilibrium Architects Scale is made from hollow core aluminium and has a stylish matte finish. Architect scales are typically made from plastic, but this item is far more durable and better suited to professional use. It includes 11 different scales for architectural constructions in imperial units that makes it easy to use during planning and creating blueprints. While jobs are increasingly heading in a digital direction, the Equilibrium scale is always going to be useful for this profession. And in addition to being practical, it also looks sleek and elegant white sitting on a desk as well.


Key features:
  • Features clear black graduations that are easy to read against the aluminium
  • Has 11 different scales annotated in custom architectural lettering
  • Made from durable matte hollow core aluminium

Every architect loves LEGO so what better gift than a LEGO brick that can actually be used for architectural work? This PNY LEGO USB 2.0 flash drive fuses fun with function, so whether you’re working on a sketch at home or presenting designs at the office, you’ll be able to store your work in one easy-to-access place for simple portability that’s attached to your keys. And when it’s not in use, it makes for an additional brick for building fun. The USB is compatible with all other LEGO pieces, so it can be incorporated into bigger designs and can be used for endless play when work time is over – the best of both worlds.


Key features:
  • Comes with a bonus LEGO brick for more building enjoyment
  • 32GB storage which can hold approximately 5,632 songs or similarly-sized files
  • Great for portable storage while working at different locations

If the architect in your life is also a fan of brain teasers, this beautiful and intriguing puzzle is sure to impress. The Craighill Jack puzzle is stunningly crafted from solid cartridge brass bars which interlock in a particular way to create an abstract construction that resembles the classic jack shape – but it’s a lot harder than it looks and dismantling it could result in you forgetting how to put it back together again! The piece is truly striking when fully assembled and would look great on any architect’s desk, plus it’s a lot of fun to put together in the meantime. For any architect that enjoys taking on a challenge and putting their mind to work, give them this puzzle to ponder over in their spare time – they won’t be able to put it down.


Key features:
  • Milled in Massachusetts and made from solid cartridge brass
  • Made from six notched bars which interlock in a set pattern
  • Makes for a beautiful desk addition or paperweight when assembled