Design Software for Architect Students

Design software allows you to save time and get a more efficient workflow. Nowadays, clients expect to see more than just a concept drawing, they expect to see virtual representation with extra details. 3D modeling software can do lots of that and more. In this post, we showed some of the popular software for architecture students.

  • Revit Architecture

The building information modelling (BIM) concept is key in modern architecture. It relates to the development of sustainable buildings. In a world where environmental awareness is at an all-time high, sustainability is high on the agenda for many clients.

  • SketchUp

Many architects favour SketchUp because of its real-world applications. Google purchased SketchUp in 2006. Though it has since sold the company, Google implemented a lot of useful features. For example, you can pull topographical images from Google Maps into SketchUp. The same goes for satellite images.

  • AutoCAD

AutoCAD software has been a fixture of the architecture sector since its release in 1982. The software has come a long way since those early days. Students and professionals have used AutoCAD for decades. As such, learning how to use it often proves helpful when searching for jobs in engineering or architecture.

  • Maya

There is some disagreement about how useful Maya is when it comes to architecture. Some argue that it is too general a design software. They note that it doesn’t have many of the tools that more dedicated pieces of software benefit from. However, this lack of constraints is often useful to designers.

  • ArchiCAD

Many point to ArchiCAD as offering everything a designer would need. It proves useful in creating both 2D and 3D models. Further, you can integrate several other software packages into it. ArchiCAD’s main feature is its user-friendly nature. You can learn the basics of the software with minimal effort. This has made it a favourite with students and those just starting out in architecture.

  • 3D Max Studio

3ds Max Design software is a comprehensive 3D design, modeling, animation, and rendering solution for architects, designers, civil engineers, and visualization specialists. 3ds Max has a very robust modeling toolset with a huge library of different modifiers which can make the modeling process easier. Depending on how new you are to the world of 3D then modeling in 3ds Max can be a little easier to grasp.

  • Lumion

Lumion breathes life into rendering, making the process simple and enjoyable from the moment you import your model until you render out a beautiful image, video or 360 panorama. It helps to show the beauty and personality in your project, and it makes the experience of your design visible for everyone to see, long before the project actually gets built.

Whether you are still a student or a professional, the design software packages we just listed have many uses for the industry. Many job recruiters may ask you to be skillful in them, and there are many more in the market. Clients usually amazed by the production result, make sure you master them to add more advantages to your skills.

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  • autodesk.com

Drafting Equipment for Architects

A career in architecture brings a lifetime of opportunity to express your creativity and make a positive impact on the communities around you. Make sure you invest in quality equipment you can rely on throughout your career and that will stay dependable even as the architectural landscape shifts around you. Today, we list the important equipment that used to be very essential before the use of technology and computers.

What is the difference between design and drafting?

When it comes to engineering and architecture, design and drafting are a staple in those industries. Design is the initial phase of the project of any architectural endeavor which consists mostly of planning, whereas the drafting phase is the process in which the ideas come alive in the form of shapes and structures.

What are the different drafting tools?

Drafting tools are instruments that can be used for measurement and layout of drawings or to improve consistency and the speed for creating standard drawing elements.

  • Drawing tools
  • Pencil
  • Drafting board
  • T-square
  • Drafting machine
  • French Curves
  • Rulers
  • Compass
  • Templates
  • Perspective machines
  • Drawing materials
  • Drafting paper
  • Thick draft paper
  • Cloth
  • Tracing paper
  • Tracing tube
  • Inks
  • Dry transfer

What are the materials used in mechanical drafting?

The Mechanical Drawing Tools commonly used in mechanical drawings such as dividers, drawing boards, pencils, scales, triangles, and T-squares.

  • Compass Sets and Dividers
  • Drafting Tools
  • Drafting Kits
  • Drafting Scales
  • Trimmers & Cutting Tools
  • Parallel Straightedges
  • Drafting Triangles
  • Irregular Curves
  • Portable Drawing Boards

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Do not be an architect, Unless!

You have dreams about being an architect?

You need to read the below points in order to be a successful architect. There are many tips which can help you to be a good architecture student, do not miss any of them.

You might think being an architect is very prestigious, think twice about that

Here are the common mistakes made by many architecture students:

  • Choosing the wrong field

You might think it’s cool to secure an architect job, but the fact is that you need to have passion and enjoy playing with colors, forms, and lines.

  • Wasting time

You must always insure to have the best design idea; however, wasting too much time might result in a hurried, last-minute submission of flimsy projects

  • Weak designs

Focus on complex compositions, be imaginative and innovative. Do not expect a good mark if you submit a poor and cheesy work. Producing a well-balanced design is always challenging, but it can be obtained by giving attention to you design.

  • Improvement

Turn your weakness into strengths. Practice always makes perfect, learn to use distracting mechanisms by flaunting your own strengths.

  • Development over time

It is what the examiners usually want, do not send negative signs by producing undeveloped work.

  •  Restarting your work

Many students have the habit to abandon the old work and start over. Notice that what seem “weak” to you might end up to be amazing design. Do not fall into the trap.

  • Copying others

Committing plagiarism is one of the gravest mistakes. It only shows that you are not qualified and the lack of originality and interest

  • Visual level

Architects should have an excellent, refined presentation. You should show your commitment and reflect how organized your work is.

  • Procrastination

It is one of the most common mistakes among architecture students. Many highly skillful students tend to procrastinate and delay their work, planning the process of your design is essential.

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