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What is AutoCAD?

I've been looking into architecture as a potential career path and noticed nearly everything related to architecture needs some sort of AutoCAD experience. #architect #architecture #career

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Aaron’s Answer

Hey Edwin!

C.A.D.D. is an acronym in the architecture and design world which stands for Computer Aided Drafting and Design. AutoCAD is a specific (and widely used) software program which is used for this purpose - digital blueprinting and modeling of 3D items. It's fairly expensive on its own but you should be able to get experience with it through a school, internship or certification program. It would all depend on what is in your area.

Aaron recommends the following next steps:

Learn about AutoCAD: https://www.autodesk.com/products/autocad/overview
Research local schools, internships or cert programs for AutoCAD experience
Learn about certification in AutoCAD: https://www.autodesk.com/certification/overview
Thank you comment icon Thank you for the answer, I will look further into AutoCAD following your steps! Edwin
Thank you comment icon Thanks Aaron for the detailed answer Salah Mounir
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Aric’s Answer

Hi Edwin, AutoCAD is a computer based drafting program and is one of many that architectural firms use to create drawings from existing conditions to renderings to the final construction documents owners use to get their buildings built! 30 years ago architects created these drawings by hand using t-squares, triangles, french curves, lead pencils, etc. Then computer programs came into the picture (maybe even 40 years ago). Now I would say 99% of architectural firms use some computer program to complete their drawings. Every once in awhile you will find a dinosaur out there that still draws by hand,
AutoCAD is easy enough to learn on your own or you can take classes. I myself am self taught but only use it for 2-d purposes. You can also use the program for 3-d. As time goes on all these programs become more and more intuitive.
Architecture is a great career but it is definitely not about AutoCAD. It is about design, health, safety and welfare of your end users. It is about listening and working with all kinds of people. You can focus your skills on certain building types, such as, residential, multifamily. commercial, institutional, educational. mercantile and the list goes on. You can be a jack of all trades that does many building types as well.
Good luck in your search!
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