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Architecture & Landscape Design

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Mondays, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-INDES-1039
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Design solutions are more easily found when the designer has a sound understanding of materials, systems and construction methods and when they are properly conveyed using industry-standard documentation software. This project-based course acknowledges both outcomes as students learn the primary tool for building professionals, AutoCAD Revit, to understand architectural anatomy. They gain confidence with the interface and Building Information Modeling (BIM) as they work in class and through self-directed assignments to create cutaway and component architectural views. Students learn the terminology and specifications of vast libraries of materials, and can expect to exit the course with competency using Revit, leading to a better understanding of structural, electrical, media and HVAC systems and a stronger portfolio.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E

Prerequisite: Interior Design: Introduction

  • Name: David Paolino (Bio)
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Mondays, Jan 13 - Feb 10 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-COM-2798
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Designers can start drawing, designing and rendering their ideas with SketchUp, the free downloadable 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to jewelry to game design to 3D printing. This course teaches students about the use of SketchUp as a design and rendering tool. The instructor presents the fundamentals of the interface, and how to model original spaces and objects from scratch or import prebuilt objects from the Google warehouse. The accelerated format allows for faster learning as students quickly move on to advanced topics like texturing objects and simple animation creation. This course is recommended for novice designers or design students interested in learning how to incorporate 3D into their work.

Applies to: GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E

  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
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