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Drawing is often referenced as a hand-rendered activity, and today it still plays an important creative role in the design development of architecture and interiors. Many architecture and design courses emphasize the importance of hand drawing and modelling as an effective way of communicating and developing a design brief but, while the role of hand drawing is undoubtedly a signifi cant one, the reality of day-to-day




design practice now places far more importance on drawing and modelling using digital means. Increasingly, computer-aided-design, or CAD, is becoming the professional norm in terms of both creativity and effi ciency, and this book examines the fundamentals of digital rendering for architects and students.




There is a consistent formal language within CAD that references key methods of drawing and modelling, and, by showing examples from a variety of software programs, this book can be used as a global reference rather than a guide to any one specifi c type of software. The main aim of this book is to demystify 2D and 3D software interfaces and provide a detailed explanation of the key skills required in architectural design, from simple 2D drawing and 3D construction methods to more complex rendering techniques.




The programs included are some of those most commonly used in education and in industry: SketchUp, Vectorworks, Form Z, AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Maya and Photoshop. Different software programs are examined alongside each other, so that you can see how similar tasks areperformed across the range of programs. Step-by-step tutorials are included in each chapter, showing how to draw, model and render a building from start to fi nish using a variety of programs, and tip boxes provide further references to alternative software types.




This will allow you to develop a broad awareness of what can be achieved with CAD and become less reliant on one specifi c software type, to become a global user. In the fi nal section, all of the skills demonstrated in the book are brought together to show the step-by-step rendering of an iconic architectural building – the Barcelona Pavilion. This demonstrates how the constituent parts of a project come together. There is also information on Building Information Modelling (BIM), which is fast becoming an integral part of architectural design and manufacture.




A comprehensive resource section includes troubleshooting tips, a glossary, and suggestions for further reading as well as useful websites. It is my hope that this book will assist architecture and interior design students as well as existing practitioners who are unfamiliar with CAD or whose skills are rusty. A common fault with some courses is the lack of formal CAD teaching; quite often students are left to it. This book offers a solid grounding in the fundamentals of CAD, and shows how to complete architectural visuals to a professional standard.

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