To an architect, the iPhone or the iPad is a very handy tool. It’s mobile, handy and powerful enough to run formulators and edit complex floor plans. The iPad is turning out to be an essential accessory for architects these days.

What empowers the architects, however, is the plethora of iPhone/iPad architect apps designed to help you make floor plans, craft CAD-based designs, export the designs in various formats and more.

Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Architects

Here’s a list of iPhone/iPad apps for architects.

#1. AutoCAD 360

AutoCAD 360 iPhone App IconAutoCAD 360 has CAD tools for creating designs; you can rotate, measure and write text efficiently. The tools can be used online and offline. The designs can be carried to the site and edits can be done on the field. There are Pro subscription plans available in the app that opens up other supporting features (pro- plans range from $4.99 – $99.99). You can upgrade to more space, get support to social media and more improvised tools.

Price: Free (Pro $4.99 – $99.99)
Download AutoCAD 360

#2. Design Observer

Design Observer iPhone App IconThe Design Observer is a reading app for artists. The app is useful for photographers, architects, painters et al. The app publishes content from hundreds of different writers on every niche including architecture and engineering. It’s a resource for inspiration, information and full-fledged analysis by expert voices in the fields of design, architecture, illustration, urbanism, sustainability etc. The only drawback as of now is that it doesn’t feature quick social sharing.

Price: Free
Download Design Observer

Also Read: Best iPhone Apps for Interior Design

#3. MagicPlan

MagicPlan iPhone App IconMagicPlan is primarily to get accurate floor measurement and draw floor plans easily. The app uses your camera to capture the images of your room/house and automatically creates floor plans that you can share (with other MagicPlan users). While the app is free, there are in-app purchases for exporting to PDF, JPG, DXF and other formats.

Price: Free
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#4. SketchBook Mobile

SketchBook Mobile iPhone App IconAlthough not designed specifically for architects, Autodesk’s SketchBook Mobile can be helpful for all the sketches . The app has 65 types of brushes and a wide color palette to choose from. The app gives you larger canvas and zoom capacity up to 2500% for getting into the details. You can capture an image and work on it (this is an useful feature when you are working with drafts from others).

Price: $1.99
Download SketchBook Mobile

#5. Architect’s Formulator

Architect's Formulator iPhone App IconArchitect’s Formulator has formulas involved in architectural measurements. The app has formulas from soil filling to correctly placing bricks. It has special formulas for swimming pools, sidewalks, parking area etc. It comprehensively brings together over 400 formulas from across electrical, carpentry and plumbing formulators too. It’s designed to be a one-stop app for all the calculations you’ll need to do. Hefty but exhaustive and detailed.

Price: $9.99
Download Architect’s Formulator

Think of any other app that could have made it to this list, do mention in the comments below.

  • Jerry

    HI, I’m Jerry, co-founder of ArchiSnapper – a simple tool to save time with field reports. I just wanted to share our existence here, as maybe some readers could be interested ;) … Feel free to try it out and share your feedback with me! Cheers, Jerry –

  • Adrian D

    The obvious app that would be useful is of course with lost of useful historical terms and illustrations is the Pevsner’s Architectural Glossary app -