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Most used architectural software in the U.K


Digitalization has brought in major changes in the architectural field too and it has made the process easier. Many architecture firms these days have even taken up the motto to go "paperless". The invention of various software for rendering, modelling, etc has made this possible with great outputs. The growth of technology is worth the praise and architects look forward to it.

In this blog, we will be discussing the top ten software preferred by architects and is extensively in use.

Following are the ten preferred software for architecture in the U.K

1. Rhino 3D


From the time of its invention in 1998, it has become very popular as it provides the provision to enter physical drawings to process the 3D version and provide documentation for the design.

Rhino offers all the required tools a designer needs and beyond models, one can also create animations and professional renders. Rhino has been tagged as flexible software, with the help of rhino script one can also create their own plugins. The most notable feature is its ability to export rhino designs into real-world using 3D printing.

2. Revit

Source: Architizer

The building information modelling (BIM) concept is key in modern architecture. It relates to the development of sustainable buildings. Though we are in a world where environmental awareness in real-time, most of the clients consider sustainability as the prime focus.

Key feature of Revit is automation, any changes made to the model, it gets recorded throughout the project.

A second key element of Revit is cloud rendering, which in-turn makes teamwork a great aspect of this software

3. Sketchup


Sketchup provides decent elements to create professional models and the most celebrated part of SketchUp is still tagged as free-download. It offers flexibility as one can choose the features that suit the project thereby investment ( some of the exporting features are turned off) at the right point.

The cost makes it ideal for students and those operating on slim budgets. Speed is also a key aspect of SketchUp. You can create simple 3D models quickly. Even complex models are possible with the right features.

4. V-Ray

Source: Archinect

This plugin can be used along with ArchiCAD and SketchUp. Its purpose is to create a realistic rendering. This allows you to show off your 3D models as they would look in the real world. The software offers access to stunning textures with a good colour palette to enhance the model.

5. AutoCAD


AutoCAD has been a life-saver for architects since 1982. Most of them use AutoCAD as a first step in creating 3D models. Architects can access an industry-specific version of the software. This allows for a more efficient drawing of base models.

6. Maya


Maya, this software had created controversies and still people find it difficult to accept as an architectural software. But Maya has succeeded in creating unique freedom in working which other software has failed to do. This fosters innovation in design. Many use Maya to come up with new ideas before transferring their Maya models into other software. And this very fact led to Maya's acceptance.

7. ArchiCAD


ArchiCAD is tagged as the favorite by many as they say it offers everything a designer would ever need. And by integrating V-Ray into ArchiCAD allows you to bring the best photorealistic models.

Its user-friendly interface makes it a student's first option. It offers a time-effective way to create detailed models. As such, it is great for projects where time is a factor.

The software also offers several tools for automating complicated processes.

8. Grasshopper


Grasshopper allows architects to use parametric design to improve the efficiency of their workflows and also it allows the designer to create a full library of previously used ideas and elements.

Grasshopper also benefits from being an open-source software. This software community constantly develops new plugins, along with that Grasshopper links closely with Rhino 3D. This integration eliminates the need to understand coding when using Rhino 3D.

9. Dynamo


Dynamo usually comes as a free plugin for use with Revit and is also regarded as having one of the best geometry engines of any design package. This makes working on complex elements easier and the software slots well into the BIM workflow

It can work with a large number of file types. As such, you can use it as a support tool for a range of other software. One of the most common uses of this is exporting Revit design information into Microsoft Excel files.

10. Fusion 360


This software has gained popularity due to its versatility. Beyond designing and testing, you can use the software for fabrication. Further, Fusion 360 supports collaborative work environments through its use of the cloud. This allows you to bring together professionals from several sectors to work on projects. Fusion 360 is one of the few tools that will help you create realistic renders of your designs. A new feature almost every two months is an added advantage to the user

A masters programme or a work place in UK is challenging, exciting and knowledge enriching. Good knowledge and hang on the most used software of the respective nation helps you to work better by meeting the standards of the client's expectation.