Revit, Google Sketchup or 3D Viz for Architectural Students?

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Revit, Google Sketchup or 3D Viz for Architectural Students?

Postby natalieniemann » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:42 pm

I'm a registered architect and also teach fulltime at a community college in the architectural technology program (2-year associates in applied science) and would like some advice on rendering software. Which software is the most appropriate for not only students but for entry-level employees in architecture? Is it Revit, Google Sketchup, 3D Viz or other? Our department is always striving to improve our program to better prepare students for the workforce. We offer one hand-drafting course and five AutoCAD drafting courses as part of the curriculum. We also offer Autodesk's 3D Studio Max for rendering, but I feel this software is too powerful and broad for architectural rendering. It would be better to simplify the program and offer rendering courses that are more commonly used in the industry. Any advice would be very helpful. Thanks.
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Postby svenglezz-ASMEIL » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:57 am

Seems Google SketchUp is the way to go.

Can run on many older computers, and is easly downloadable,
simple to learn, and for students is esp. great...they have the FREE version, so can practice from home etc.

With a fast growing community for this sketchup' lot's of video information for learning and drawings online to use.

Very powerfull software, with endless limits for the expert users to.
Hope it helps.
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