Laptop Requirements, Equipment + Supplies

Laptop Requirements:

Please see the laptop requirements here:


Software Requirements:

Allow a budget to purchase and subscribe to the minimum software needed for courses.

Rhinoceros; $175 one time purchase

Adobe Suite; $135 per year subscription

VRay: $115 per year subscription



Budget $500 per year


Equipment and Supplies:

For the typical first year Architecture Undergraduate of Graduate student:

The items listed below in bold type are included in a package prepared by the Jefferson University bookstore for approximately $70. If you do not have any drawing materials it would be easier and less expensive for you to purchase this package. Not all items will be used immediately.  Feel free to purchase tools and supplies as necessary.   You may order from the on-line school store and have items shipped directly to your campus address in 2-4 days.

For the First Day of Class:

  • Sketchbook - hardcover, unlined, min. 5”x7” (spiral or hard bound)
  • Pencil Sharpener, one that catches the shavings
  • Set of drawing pencils; recommended weights – 4H, 2H, H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Eraser - white plastic
  • Architect's scale ruler - triangular, 12" long

For the First Month of Class:

  • Cutting mat 18”x24” with grid
  • Metal ruler - min. 18” long, with cork on the back
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blades
  • Box of 100 #11 X-Acto blades
  • Mat or utility knife with blades and Snap-off knife (Olfa or X-Acto)
  • White (or yellow or buff) tracing paper, 12” or 24” wide roll
  • Drafting tape or drafting dots (You may also want masking tape)
  • White glue - Elmer’s or Sobo, get both the smallest bottle and a larger bottle for refills
  • Rubber Cement
  • Push Pins (not thumb tacks) Clear, 100
  • Lead holder (clutch pencil)
  • Leads for lead holder; recommended weights - HB, H, 2H, 4H
  • Lead sharpener (hand held)
  • T-Square (36” or 42” long), metal or wood with clear edge
  • 30˚-60˚ triangle - 12" or 14"
  • 45˚ triangle - 10" or 12”
  • Prismacolor pencils, 12-pack set, larger if you can afford it (plus Black, White, Warm Gray 50%)
  • Color Wheel

Recommended Additional Drafting Tools you will need for this Class:

  • Eraser - yellow or blue plastic, for ink
  • Eraser - Kneaded
  • Erasing shield
  • 45˚ triangle - 4”
  • Circle template
  • Set of 5 Staedtler Marsgraphic pigmentliner pens
  • Drafting vellum - 24” wide roll – or individual sheets as needed
  • Adjustable triangle - 8"
  • Compass - get the best one you can afford

Recommended Additional Model Making Tools

  • Shop Safety Glasses (REQUIRED)
  • 6” metal straight edge (ruler)
  • Modelmaker’s miter box & saw (or “The Chopper”)
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Double faced masking tape
  • Set of needle files & Emery Boards
  • Additional X-Acto knife handles & blade styles
  • EXTRA MONEY - Allow at least $250.00 for additional expenditures. There will be additional materials required – chip board, bass wood, presentation boards and paper, paint, clay, wood, metal, fasteners, etc.  These should be purchased when specific projects require them.  You should factor the cost of project based materials into every semester.

Most of the supplies you will need for first year are available in the Campus Store, but you might find a broader selection of tools and materials at some of these stores.  In addition, the Fab Lab provides a map to various specialty material stores.


Artist & Craftsman Suppy
307 Market Street
(267) 861-6008
7926 Germantown AvenueC
(215) 248-1513

Blick Philadelphia
1330 Chestnut Street
(215) 545-3214

Everything Plastic
444 N. 2nd Street
(215) 238-9800

Merion Art & Repro
17 W. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 896-6161


Home Depot
1601 S Columbus Blvd
(215) 218-0600
4640 Roosevelt Blvd
(215) 537-6100

Lowe's Home Imrovement
2106 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd
(215) 982-5391

Stanley's Hardware
555 Ridge Avenue
(215) 482-1200
Walking distance if your purchases are not too bulky.

Make your life easier by getting: a storage box for your tools, a lightweight portfolio for carrying flat drawings, an Ice Tube for rolls of drawings.  Many students find a folding rolling crate to be useful.  You might also want a combination lock with a cable.