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first let's be clear if you are an architect a landscape architect urban designer or anything related to this you need to know how to draw in understand space that is why you go to architecture school there will never be a program that will replace your ability to think and design architectural spaces that being said there are tools that can help you represent your ideas in a much productive efficient faster in sometimes realistic way so let's see some of the programs any architect should know architecture software can be divided into five categories BIM software 3d modeling software drafting software render engines and graphic enhancements software the majority of these programs aren't used only for architectural related things but they are very used in architecture schools offices and in other fields as well if you are an architecture student take into account that you don't have to be a master in all of these programs but you do have to have a basic knowledge of them and understand which are the most used according to what you want to do in the future right so let's start with BIM software there may be many more but we can say that the ones dominating the market are ArchiCAD and rabbit our camp was the first BIM software and Revit follow it some years later they're very similar in its functions perhaps the main difference is that Revit since it is a part of Autodesk has major compatibility with other Autodesk programs while ArchiCAD doesn't and also for Mac operating systems ArchiCAD is the dominant winner rather to this date is not very compatible with Mac operating systems these programs are known to be very time efficient and productive while some people would first draw a floor plan then a section then a construction detail then import it to a 3d program to be modeled and then to be rendered you can do all this in Revit or ArchiCAD very few steps when you are drawing a wall you are at the same time modeling it in a 3d space and deciding its materials and having it ready for an architectural detail if you want to learn for an architecture program definitely start with a BIM software sketchup rhino3d mats and blender are some of the most used 3d modeling programs in the architecture industry sketchup has the advantage of perhaps being the most easy to use program of the bunch with a much more intuitive workflow Rhino can be seen as the one with more parametric abilities for designing with extensions like grasshopper that can help you model and design very intricate patterns and projects 3d mattes is also a bit complex for some but it has the advantage to be able to adjust almost anything in a very millimetric way so we can say that this is preferred one in the art of this industry we could say that these are the grandfather's of all the programs that we see nowadays this is how many of our teachers did their plans back in the days no mouse just the keyboard and typing in commands you know just typing in commands AutoCAD and Vectorworks are mainly 2d drafting programs are still very heavily used in many places around the world there are very easy to use programs that have the event of being compatible almost everywhere you can also render model in 3d in 3d here but it is just not their specialty we can also call this category the cosmetic area so here you can find also very basic engines to real state-of-the-art programs like a confused or render with a photo there are real-time rendering software and there is also normal rendering software among the most using the architecture industry or v-ray Corona and lumion for real-time rendering it is recommended you know the basic us the basics of these programs to work in an architecture office but if you definitely want to stand out from the crowd dominating them will be a huge plus in your resume I'm talking about v-ray in Corona graphic enhancement finally we have come to the software that is not directly architecture focused but it helps a ton when finishing your projects Photoshop Illustrator InDesign etc I think by now every architect should know the basics of this these programs try doing diagrams on illustrator renders in Photoshop and your presentation boards in InDesign that is the workflow that many offices use and as the most efficient if we have ever wondered how I can make so many tutorials is because of programs like these Photoshop is seriously the best program ever for me it was if it was for me I would do everything in Photoshop I love it seriously but it was really really helpful so as you can see there are a ton of programs to choose from here we don't decide which one is the best but we give you an idea of your choices if you're an architecture student I really recommend Revit Photoshop Sketchup v-ray and then design if you want to work in a major architecture office I recommend going into your website and looking up what programs they use and just learn them I mean in the end they're all just tools the real skills are in your head
Thanks for your comment Cyril Perla, have a nice day.
- Gayla Windschitl, Staff Member
Thanks for this interesting article
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- Gayla Windschitl
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