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Best 3D Rendering Software Solutions for Architects in 2020

Architectural renders have moved over time from sketches to photorealistic images that breathe life into designs; an art form that takes a viewer through a journey of the strengths of the architectural design. In order to make these, we need an architectural rendering software. However, there are as many architecture rendering programs out as there are Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavours, making it challenging to find the right flavour to suit your palate.


To ease your journey, we have put together a list of the top software solutions for you to check out in 2020, hoping that some are compelling enough for you to want to give them a spin.


1. V-Ray by Chaos Group

When it comes to producing state-of-the-art, photorealistic rendering, V-Ray reigns supreme. With its easy integration into several different 3D applications, it is one of the most versatile rendering platforms. This powerful software has a wide range of tools and features and boasts high speed and quality. While it may seem intimidating initially, a cleared schedule and a willingness to climb its steep learning curve pay off at the end with you having unlocked the very best of the best.

Created by aTng; image via Chaos Group

2. Lumion

Lumion is an extremely fast rendering software that offers a friendly learning curve with its simple user interface. Lumion’s biggest strength lies in the fact that it is compatible with almost every 3D modelling program that possibly exists, making the program highly approachable for users of a lot of different backgrounds. The program is a delight to use and undeniably useful for both students and professionals, allowing for immersion through walkthroughs and 3D animations.

House in the Forest by the Lumion Team; image via Lumion

3. Maxwell

A prime example of “old is gold”, Maxwell is a well-known program among architects, having been around for a long time. An attractive and easy to learn interface combined with a spectacular amount of realism have ensured that this program remains a classic. This user friendly interface has encouraged several architecture students to dip their toes into this solution for their rendering ventures before diving into deeper waters.

Havnegade by Rune Skjøldberg; image via Runes.nu

4. Blender

What started off as an open –sourced software turned indie artist gem, Blender has gone on to become a huge commercial phenomenon, with its large number of tools making it one of the most incredibly capable 3D rendering software. The learning curve isn’t steep, allowing you to learn it in just a few hours, and its powerful and unbiased rendering engine providing you with some of the most stunning, hyper-realistic renders.

Interior Design Studios in Czeladzi by Julian Malik; image via Blender Guru

5. Twinmotion by Unreal Engine

3D Immersion is vital to giving a person a sense of the space they are being show, and Twinmotion offers just that, with its real-time rendering producing high-quality images and panoramas. It churns out standard or 360° virtual reality videos in seconds, helping you better communicate your design. Using geographic locations, apply real contexts and helping you visualize even the construction phases of your projects, this software transforms static 3D models into lifelike experiences.

Image via Unreal Engine

There are a lot of other excellent rendering engines out there, and we would like to give a shout-out to some more of them which we think you would love to experiment with:


Autodesk provides two great options with Viz Render and Autodesk Revit, allowing for integration with other Autodesk software.

Octane Render is one of the fastest rendering software solutions available

A unique set of sculpting tools and an on-board rendering engine put MODO on our list.

Cinema 4D by MAXON is fast, stable and has a very intuitive user interface.

Enscape is a real-time 3D rendering software that runs alongside your 3D modelling programs to evaluate any changes in an instant.

You can rest assured that choosing any of these architectural rendering software solutions would be a smart choice, as every one of these solutions is worth the time and effort. Here’s to a new world of rendering possibilities and glorious renderings.

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