Elevation is the height of a geographic point above a fixed reference point. In the design field it's really important because it portrays what the eye can not see while looking at a floor plan. If you have autocad and no other software, these steps in creating elevation will help you alot and also save you time so you can spend more time on the actual design and not think about how you will be able to draw elevation of a simple or complicated floor plan of that design. These steps will help you (with pictures:
For this exercise, I put together a quick floor plan to show these steps:
Rendering is important when you want to portray the idea to a potential costumer, whether you are working freelance, on a firm or you just a student and want to add them to your project (portfolio,online portfolio, board display, finals etc). I am going to show you how to render an indoor scene/room on revit using these easy steps. The time that it takes to render depends on the specs that you are running on your computer and also how much stuff you have on your scene ( we can minimize that though using *region box* so it only renders what you see and not the background.
*Keep in mind that I post-process my final renderings in other software (photoshp,vray,kerkythea etc) after I finish all the final details on my revit rendering/working files.
This is the scene that I am going to be rendering. ( make sure you have applied the materials, paint and anything else to the scene so the renderings come out photorealistic. This tutorial is for educational purposes)
3ds Max ( with Vray) has always been one of my favorite software. It is a lot more powerful especially when it is linked with Revit. It took me some time to achieve the appropriate look that i was going for (photorealistic in some renderings ) ,however, the result was worth the time spent. I edited some of these 3ds max renderings. I will keep updating and add more design solutions! If you have any questions regarding the software or how I achieved these renderings, I will gladly answer any questions about 3DS Max Design, Revit, V-Ray, Photoshop (what I used for the renderings), illustrator, Rhino and help you out. Thanks for checking out my website!
This was another update walkthrough that I did. This is the exterior (landscape ) and the interior of the house which includes the existing conditions and the additions that I did. It was a little bit of a challange, (like everything in life) but I was able to conquer it and make it exiting and part of a unique project. If you have any questions regarding the software that I used ( Revit, 3ds max , vray, photoshop) please let me know and I will gladly help and answer your question. My goal is to become better and better everyday in the architecture field and helping others will also help me.
This was a architecture walkthrough that I did with Revit regardless of the Lewisville project that I worked on as a freelance project. It is 2500 frames and the rendering took a couple hours just to do hidden line. I am using an hp computer HP computer , quad core (64 bit), (really powerful computer for what it's worth)inter core i7 processor, with a nice nvidia graphics card (2 GB dedicated ), memory of 16 GB, 1 TB hard drive. I was glad my computer could handle and process everything that I was designing. I remember before when I had a different computer and all I could see was wire frames when I would render a walkthrough. Next, I will be rendering it with 3DS MAX DESIGN and VRAY.
This is the site of one of my architecture projects that I am working on. It is a freelance project that I picked up and it has been going great so far. It is located in North Carolina and the terrain was a little difficult to work with. It was created on the Revit software and the dots that you see on the picture are the point slopes. The contour lines were created from that base of data that I picked up (GIS- geographic information system) I had to find out the boundaries and work on the landscape in addition to what are the existing conditions.
Have you noticed everytime you go to apply for a design position ( on this post-architecture,interior architecture, graphic design) they ask about your experience? What if you just got out of school and have not had any experience other than an internship(s) that you have done on your third and forth year (maybe fifth year with some programs)? Make sure you have strong portfolio to clearly show what you can do. How do you know you have a strong portfolio?
An axonometric floor plan displays a lot of features that a two dimensional floor plan could not show. Materials is one of these features (other then being three dimensional of course). Unless you do a rendered floor plan (or renderings) , a two-dimensional plan will seem flat and is more of a construction document. It will be a nice touch on a project for a client or put it on a board that you have to do for a design school project. Before putting my design projects on the computer (Revit, AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, 3ds Max, sketchUp etc), I draw/sketch my ideas on paper/sketchbook. Here are some simple steps that I take to draw axonometric floor plans and that you can apply to your own specific project:
There are many options out there (as far as laptops) where you can run design software smoothly without any graphic problems. Most architecture programs will have their computer requirements on their school page. The laptop requirement for my school (UNC-Greensboro) was a macbook pro. It is a great computer however if you are running architecture software such as (revit,3ds max) you will need to add a copy of windows to it. ( bootcamp, or parallel) so the programs can run. (They make autoCAD for mac now). If you are just going to run sketchUp or adobe suite then you are going to be fine regardless of what you choose (again, depends how much memory space(ram, video card etc) you have on your computer) Check out these three steps when your making the decision on purchasing the next laptop (mac or windows (32 bit or 64 bit)
First, I would recommend to choose a laptop that is quad core,great processor ( intel 3rd generation i7 3630qm 2.4 ghz + is very good and also amd is a good choice (make sure you choose the latest) is another option.
I graduated Forsyth Technical CC for architecture technology and then transferred to a four-year university where I completed two more years for interior architecture and earned my bachelors. Here is a list of necessary equipment that has helped me in my design projects and I am sure you will have to get them at some point of your school career in architecture.
1. Drawing Board
There are various drawing board sizes ( they could be 24 inches by 36 inches or 32 inches by 48 inches long, and 24 inches by 36 inches wide). Personally, I chose the 32 inches by 48 because at school you will have your own desk (cubicle or it could be open) and have the space to put it. The boards are these big sizes for more than one reason. the main one is that these sizes accommodate easily the work drawing sheet sizes. Check out the board for warping or bending surface. I had to look closely for these and the third board was the right one for me. The material was made of white pine and it was light to transport ( unless you have a two seat car, that would be a little bit of struggle to transport) The board will have a ruler (parallel bar) where you can secure your drawing so it does not shift when you working on it plus you can put other items (triangles, highly suggest having one of these next to you at all times while drawing on the board).
This is the road to making an online portfolio that has worked for me and helped in having a web presence in the architecture/interior architecture,graphic design field. Networking is key in our profession in the design field. After all, to is about location, location, location a little bit right? Let's get into the topic more deep.
First, decide what or how much work you would like to include on your portfolio. You want to include your best work at the beginning and also finish strong with a great project! Be proud of your work! You spend alot of time creating them and now it's time to showcase them! I am in now way, shape or form suggesting that in the middle of your portfolio, you should include not so good projects. One way to look at it that has helped me is by asking your friends, what they think of a specific project or how to make it better. Listen to their feedback, criticism and embrace it with open arms. It will help you alot and save time when you work on a project since you will know what to fix or get rid off.
Second, Look out for a website to host your portfolio that would fit your needs. Personally, I use Behance (it is free) platform to host all my projects. At one point, I turned my blogger page to a website where I posted my recent projects. There is Wix platform (also free) where you can make the portfolio too. Depends, on your preference and how comfortable you are using each website. you can try to make an account and test-drive each of these pages and see what would be easier for you to upload the projects. Let me know if you have any questions concerning any problems you might encounter during the process of making an online portfolio! I will gladly help with answering these questions. If you are not new to this process, how did you make your online portfolio?
Every since I graduated for Interior Architecture at University of North Carolina Greensboro, It has been extremely hard to find a position in the design field. Maybe it is location, location, location. I have a lot to offer and recently i have worked on a couple different freelance projects. Some of them were for different clients that I got in touch from networking and some where competitions that I have entered. The last work that I completed was the Smart Office competition that was sponsored from HP, Microsoft and Talenthouse. I had a good experience at Talenthouse and made me realize alot of things. I have to keep working hard and keep showcasing my work and talent that I have. Hard work pays off, and a position in the design ( architecture, interior architecture, graphic design, GIS) field will open with time and I will take every opportunity. Time will tell if everything will work out. Till then, every day is a good day that I will keep working hard, and today it's a new day.
106 Parrish Street, Durham, NC 27701 is the site address for project 3. We
documented and observed both building and site context thoroughly and analyzed and interpreted data observed in a useful and meaningful way to inform the conceptual design process that we are going to do. My group looked at:
building’s structure/ codes/ ADA exploration)
-the zoning and building code details of the site
-in its existing state, consider the egress system and accessibility issues in the building
-ADA as it applies to the site
-the structural system of the building to examine what changes the building is ready to take in
-the other present problems faced by the facility and how it can be rectified
-constraints and opportunities of the site
-what is/ are the unusual/dominant feature(s) of the site
-show the existing building drawings illustrating the interpreted features
Environmental psychology is important in this space because lighting is going to support social interaction while affecting many social, cultural aspects. The steel columns holding the underpass together is an inspiration where we could use stranded fiber optics. The role of the design could be to support and facilitate public realm whether people walking through it or on bikes or rollerblades.
Architects : Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar J. Kaufmann Year: 1934 Owner : Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Location: Mill run, Pennsylvania
" merging man with the surrounding landscape..." "one of a kind..." "It is a work of man for man; not by a man for a man..."
of Fallingwater, a private home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s are
certainly as beautiful as they are plentiful. The home is so stunning, in fact,
that people who heard of it or saw a photograph after it was built travelled to
the mountains of Pennsylvania to see it for themselves. This wasn’t a fleeting
fad; visitors are still just as drawn as they were over eighty years ago. It is
ironic that the home has been photographed so much. A picture can say a
thousand words, it’s true. But a thousand words aren’t enough to describe
is more than a home, it is more than a structure that bears its name. It is
remarkable and stands out among other architectural works as much for its
setting as it does for its design. There are as many reasons a person wouldn’t
want to build on the land as the Kaufmann family, who’d enjoyed vacationing
there for years, had for embracing it and choosing it as their home. Wooded
acres surrounded by more wooded acres, a waterfall and streams and creeks, and
not-so-gently rolling terrain isn’t land usually considered prime for building.
But Fallingwater was built on just such land and has since become such a part of
American history that the property can hardly be imagined without Fallingwater
there. The mist from the nearby waterfall and the stream that runs beneath the
home catches the light and covers the view of the foundation, creating the
beautiful illusion that the home is floating in air. As spectacular a sight as
Fallingwater is to behold, it seems to belong, as if it’s always been there,
blending seamlessly in color and strength with the towering trees that still
stand tall around it. The land seems to
have been designed for Fallingwater as much as Fallingwater was designed for
the land. This takes nothing away from Frank Lloyd Wright’s brilliant work. The
acclaim and recognition he received for his design was well-earned. He was
given the daunting task of designing a large, luxurious home that would sit
above a waterfall, fit into the natural beauty of the land and be structurally
sound, and he did just that. The fact that he was so remarkable he made it look
simple speaks even more to his ability.