What is the best way to get experience with technology programs for architecture?
I would like to start an internship and be prepared for my freshmen year in college. I've heard that a lot of architecture students already use pretty impressive programs. What is a good way that I can get started? #architecture #programs #college
Please review this article below, make note of the top two or three software options to research further. Please absolutely talk with your parents before subscribing and contact your college/professors to inquire about software that is compatible with their programs and courses.
Perhaps you can sign up for trial versions where applicable (see article): https://all3dp.com/1/best-3d-architecture-software/
Software Price OS
SketchUp Free / Commercial $299 Windows 7 and later, macOS
FreeCAD Arch Free Windows, macOS, Linux
Dynamo Free Windows 7 and later
B-processor Free Windows, macOS, Linux
TAD (The Architect's Desktop) Free Windows Vista or later
AutoCAD Architecture Free for Students / $1,575 Windows 7 and later
Revit Free Educational Licenses available / $2,310 Windows 7 and later
ArchiCAD Free version available / $300-$6800 Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.9 or later
Vectorworks $2945 Windows 7 and later, macOS 10.10 and later
MicroStation Free Educational Licenses available / $5,627 Windows 7 and later (64 bit)
Allplan Educational Licenses available / $9,500 Windows 7 and later (64-bit)
Rhinoceros Educational $230 / Commercial $800 Windows 7 and later
BricsCAD BIM Free Educational Licenses available / $2,405 Windows 7 and later (32 and 64 bit), macOS 10.9 or higher, Linux
Keep learning and Stay well,
I think the answers you've received so far do a great job of suggesting some next steps and software packages to do some more research on.
As far as training goes, there are many resources out there, a few of which I'll list below.
1. Currently Autodesk is supporting distance learning with free access to software for students, and free training and educational content - https://www.autodesk.com/education/covid19
2. Lynda, now owned by LinkedIn, has a huge platform of software training and offers a 1 month free trial.
3. Udemy is another online resource where you can search for courses by software, experience level, and filter for free courses.
4. Lastly, you can find some good content on YouTube.
Paul recommends the following next steps:
Congrats on the decision to go to architecture school! I has been about 10 years since I graduated, but there are definitely technology classes that will help you polish your skills in architectural software. The first year of school where I went concentrated on modeling and hand drawing so software wasn't used much until sophomore year. If you do want to try some programs out before you start in school I'd recommend getting comfortable with adobe programs like photoshop, illustrator and indesign if you aren't already. Play around with sketchup for quick modeling ideas, but the more robust software that we are using in our office is rhino. When it comes to documenting our buildings we use revit and it sounds like students use that primarily for documentation in later years in school. I work with some professors at NCSU so I'll ask around and see if I'm missing any major software. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions!
Autodesk also offers FREE educational licenses to students here: https://www.autodesk.com/education/edu-software/overview?sorting=featured&page=1
I would encourage you to download that software first and try to build the house/apartment/dorm you live in for practice. If you have questions, look for YouTube videos, surf the Autodesk Knowledge Network or Forums. I hope this helps!