View Full Version : Recommend to Me Architectural Design Software
03-07-2010, 02:14 PM
Hope this is the right place for this. I have an interest in designing buildings and would like some software to help me do it. I have absolutely no experience in this, but as I see way too many hideous office buildings/parks on my way to work in the morning on the Dulles Access Road, I am sure I can do better. Please make some recommendations.
03-07-2010, 02:22 PM
Have you tried Google Sketchup (http://sketchup.google.com/)? It's free, pretty easy to learn and quite intuitive.
03-07-2010, 02:25 PM
My sister graduated in architecture/engineering (Dutch term: bouwkunde, which is sort of the middle ground between those terms) about 7 years ago. They used AutoCAD for most of the course work. There's much more advanced software out there.
ETA: Note that real advanced engineering software is expensive as hell, and designing useful and safe buildings entails a lot more than just making pretty looking virtual sculptures.
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