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Architectural Lettering: How to Write Like an Architect

Lately I have been putting in a valiant effort to change my handwriting permanently to architectural lettering. It is expected as a designer or architect that all blueprints, drawings and designs done by hand have architectural lettering. This lettering was established ages ago by architects so that all writing on blueprints were legible therefore costly mistakes would not be made. Practicing this lettering used to be part of the curriculum in most architecture and design education. Since the advent of computers it is no longer mandatory nor taught in school for the most part. However, it is still a necessary part of the job and I have been unsatisfied with my lettering on my designs since I started. Bad handwriting tends to make any design look amateur. All handwriting should match the quality of the design.

I have searched the internet far and wide and these are the best guides and typefaces for practice that I have found. Since it took me a while to find some great guides for practicing I figured I would share them with you. I can’t be the only one desperate to learn architectural lettering.


I recommend paying to download: Architect NDP (also listed and linked below)


Freestyle Architectural Lettering

NOTE: I would slant or flip the letters though. The shorter parts of the lettering should always be on the right. The slant is always in a counter-clockwise direction.


Architect NDP Typeface

Best for practicing your more casual and stylized architectural handwriting.


Tekton Typeface Architectural Lettering

For a cleaner more sophisticated look.


How to Write Like an Architect Video

Here is a how-to video on how to start writing like an architect no matter what your profession:


Are you in the process of changing your handwriting? Have you already mastered architectural lettering? If so, how long did it take you? Are you happy you did?

Rose Lagace | @artdepartmental


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