Starting a project in Revit

There are many ways to start an architectural project. The approach will depend on each designer’s preference and at which design stage you are beginning your project in Revit.

  • Approach 1: Starting with a layout

    • Most architectural projects begin by designing space layouts using lines or basic modeling tools such as walls, doors and windows. Once a layout is complete at one level, often the design develops vertically on different levels.
  • Approach 2: Starting with a reference

    • Some architects like to begin their conceptual work in CAD, SketchUp or other software tools. Once a concept is finalized, a REVIT model is then generated using the output drawings from CAD/other tools as references.
  • Approach 3: Using complex forms for conceptual design

    • Some architects like to begin their design by playing with space volumes and complex forms. Once the form is finalized, a building model is then generated based on that form. In REVIT, this is done through Massing tools. It is especially useful for complex form development during conceptual planning phase.

Please note that as this course ‘Basic 3D Modeling tools for an Architectural project‘ is focused on beginner level, the tutorials provided in this course are based on approach 1 and 2. If you are interested in learning more about approach 3, click on Massing Studies.

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