Why architecture students shouldn’t wait to learn Revit

If you’re studying architecture, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Autodesk Revit, the application built for Building Information Modeling (BIM). But are you learning how to use it? Learning Revit won’t make you an architect. It will however make you better prepared to become an architect. In universities, Revit is often taught as an elective but an increasing number of job listings and internships are asking for it. Savvy architecture students understand that Revit is going to be part of their career. Learning Revit is no longer an elective.

Design skills that make you more valuable

Learning how to use Revit with project-based tutorials will give you valuable real world experience creating digital drawings, 3D models, sections and details. You’ll learn how to design floors, walls, windows and doors in plan view and then 3D view. Afterwards, you will move on to structural and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. These new design skills will allow you to apply your new knowledge to your own projects in school or at an internship and set you apart from classmates and fellow interns possibly working for that future full-time position.

Presentation skills that get your work noticed

featured_image_1 Knowing how to confidently communicate the design intent of your project is as critical as knowing how to create your design in the first place.  By enhancing your presentation skills with professional-looking elevations, renders and visualizations, you’ll be able to confidently showcase your work.

Gain valuable exposure to BIM

Revit is not BIM. Revit is built for BIM. Both Revit and BIM are very important for your future. Revit helps designers design, simulate, visualize and collaborate in order to capitalize on the advantages of the interconnected data within a BIM model. Learn Revit now and you’ll gain confidence in manipulating the data with a BIM model and see how changes you make to one object in a model automatically reflects throughout the design. Becoming comfortable with how your design data is connected will give you a distinct edge over your student peers and future coworkers that are more accustomed to working with 2D drawings.

Prepare for your internship

It's important enough that we're mentioning internships again. At your school, you may not get the chance to take an elective teaching Revit until your third year, yet you could find yourself getting internships your second year asking for Revit experience. That means you should begin to learn Revit as early as your freshman year to be prepared for any opportunity. The more internships, the more experience and connections, the more opportunities you'll find post-graduation. 1348

Maximize your design possibilities

1380-09-DTLabs_v2 As an architect, your ultimate job will be to solve problems. You’ll learn how to solve those problems more efficiently with better results using Revit’s intelligent building components to improve accuracy. Also, you’ll be able to use Revit’s bi-directional associativity to reflect changes throughout your model automatically and enhance collaboration with multiple users working simultaneously on the same model. Better results mean a stronger portfolio, opening yourself up to more possibilities in your future career. And with Revit already under your belt you’ll be better prepared to tackle other design applications, keeping you flexible and able to focus on creating your best work.   Want to learn Revit but don’t know how? Professional design software can be expensive, but as a student you can get access to a free 3-year license today for Revit Architecture from Autodesk. Digital-Tutors project-based tutorials can help you get a head start on getting the experience to stay ahead of the class, land that perfect internship opportunity or feed your passion for design in the industry’s leading design software for BIM. This month we’re offering some of our industry-proven CAD tutorials for free, simply click on this link to get started before the month is up.