Best Free Architectural Design Courses

Find the best online Free Architectural Design Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings.

Mass Building using Autodesk Revit

Revit Quick Start Program is designed for both beginners and industry professionals looking to explore Revit

Created by 3DTraining .com - Learn. Practice. Work.

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Students: 28660, Price: Free

Welcome to 3DTraining.com's Quick Start Video Series: If you are a beginner or industry professional new to Autodesk Revit these videos will give you a quick overview of the software to help you decide if you seriously want to pursue a career in 3D.

In this project-based course you will learn:

·Autodesk Revit's Core Interface and Navigation

·Introduction to Revit's unique Project Workflow

·Design an organic shaped building using massing tools

After this course, you will have created your own basic building that walks you through step by step how to work on a project from start to finish such as basic massing, editing a mass and converting a mass to a useable product.

Included in this course is a link to download the 30 day trial version of Revit (Courtesy of Autodesk) and approx 60 minutes of training video provided by 3DTraining.com. The average student will complete this course in approximately 2-4 hours.

And if you enjoy your experience working in the software and you are interested in professional training to find work in this field visit our site and sign up for a free one hour intro class for more information.

Also when you visit our site, don't forget to check out our company news page to see how the 3DTraining.com unique training methodology has helped our students launch a successful career in the 3D industry.

Sketchup Architect Beginner Fast Track

Learn the fundamental tools necessary to model with SketchUp

Created by Thomas Soltren - Architectural Designer

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Students: 22516, Price: Free

This course is designed for beginners and those who want to gain a solid foundation with SketchUp.  We will go over getting started with SketchUp and how to use the most common tools used to build architectural models.  We will also go over some useful tips I have learned along the way.  Lets get started

Lumion for Architects

Learn basic to advanced techniques of using Lumion with Sketchup to render a fully animated architectural video.

Created by Sam Lytle - 3D Visualization Specialist and Owner of Civil FX

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Students: 15421, Price: Free

Lumion is a powerful tool for architects, landscape architects and other designers and is making its way into more and more studios and offices. The ease of the interface and workflow within this software along with the ability to make 3D models from a variety of software programs look fantastic makes Lumion great resource to have.

While almost anyone can pick up Lumion and learn the basics, there are also more advanced techniques that some users aren't even aware of. In Lumion for Architects we approach this software with the expectation that you will learn the basics along with a few tricks that will really take your renders and animations to the next level including the grid technique that allows construction phasing and other animations, time lapse videos and how to use advanced move for technical animations.

One of the best parts about this course is that the 3D models are available as part of the course work. You can join Sam step-by-step as you assemble the same museum that you will see in the instructional videos and he even shows you how you can show off your final render with the world.

While this course is designed with an architect in mind, it will be valuable for anyone trying to get the most out of Lumion. As a matter of fact, while Sam owns his own 3D visualization studio, he is an engineer by trade rather than an architect. (If you are an architect, no hard feelings... right?)

We look forward to you joining us in Lumion for Architects!

Building Information Modelling : Essentials of BIM level-2

The guide to learn the basics to understand the BIM concept.

Created by Ayman Kandeel, CEng ®, PMP ®, MICE®, ACP®, RICS-BIM® - Autodesk BIM specialist & Certified Professional instructor

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Students: 10636, Price: Free

In this course you will understand What is mean by BIM, what are the key points of the BIM process and the roles and responsibilities of each person in the BIM team, you will learn what mean by BIM levels and what is the latest BIM level. Yoiu will know how to create your BIM executing plan and how to implement it. You will be familiar with new terms like ( BIM maturity, BIP, EIR, BEP,  LOD, COBIE., etc..)

** The course will explain all the following important topics in BIM**

1- BIM definition.

2- BIM dimensions.

3- BIM VS CAD.

4- BIM uses.

5- BIM applications.

6- BIM implementation factors .

7- BIM levels of developments.

8- BIM responsibilities

9- BIM levels maturity.

10- BIM executing plan.

11- Employers Information Requirements

At the end of this course you will be ready for the advanced level of BIM with information management. 

Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully

Learn the principles of passive cooling design and use it as a teaching tool.

Created by Deepa Parekh - Lead - Sustainability Education @ EDS

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Students: 9150, Price: Free

Designing buildings that reduce the need for active cooling is a key concept of energy efficiency. Clarity of the fundamentals of passive design and how to apply the theoretical principles in design resulting in creative solutions to thoughtfully cool the buildings is crucial knowledge. We believe that all architects should know how to design such buildings and all faculty teaching architecture should know how to teach students to design such buildings.

The 'Cooling Buildings Thoughtfully' course is designed for faculty of architecture to provide the tools and techniques for equipping future architects with the knowledge and competence to design buildings that reduce the demand for cooling. The focus of the course is to show various creative methods of practical application of technical concepts in architecture design.

The course contains 16 hours of content with over 20 lectures and 4 videos. While the course is self paced, we recommend that you go through each lecture sequentially. At the end of each lecture there is short quiz which will help you assess your understanding of the topic. Handouts have been provided on the 'lecture description' that can be downloaded to do the hands-on exercises. If you do not have a reliable internet connection, you could also download the presentations, video and additional resources to read it offline.

Is this the right course for you ?

  • If you have been trying to integrate theory and design - this is the right course for you !
  • If you want to see students come up with creative solutions using passive design principles - this course will help you get there !
  • If you have been looking for ideas to teach this seemingly complex and technical topic to students in an interesting and interactive way, you need to get started with this course right away !

By taking this course, you will be able to successfully demystify the concepts to students so they understand the design manifestation of the theory. This entire course can be used as a teaching tool. By completing this course, you have completed the first step in this process of successfully teaching building science fundamentals. The face to face training program that will follow this module will be next step in experimenting with application of theory using creative teaching techniques and tools.

Electrical Designing Basics (MEP)

Learn Electrical Design Basics for Building Services

Created by Mohammed Abdul Wajid Mudassir - B.Tech-EEE, MBA

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Students: 6284, Price: Free

The Design Process: An electrical design goes through several important stages of development. First, the designer must understand the scope of the project. Then, the designer defines and designs each component (such as general office areas, specialized machinery, and power distribution equipment) to recognized industry standards. Finally, these individual components are compiled to form the final presentation for the design.

This Course Covers

1. Introduction to building services

2. Electrical design steps

3. Requirement to perform electrical design

4. Basics of electrical engineering

5. Types of electrical loads

6. Types of electricity

7. Power system

8. Basic formulae

9. Example problems

10. Thumb rule

11. Abbreviation part 1

12. Lex level

13. Appliances load

Learn to Render AutoCAD Floor Plan in Adobe Photoshop.

Step by step process to learn 2D Floor Plan Rendering.

Created by Neetu Bhardwaj - Architectural Software Trainer

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Students: 5104, Price: Free

This  course contains a detailed explanation of using Adobe Photoshop software to render AutoCAD floor plans in a visually presentable way.  It consists mainly of taking a PDF of an Autocad Plan, adding an extra element of visual interest through colors, highlighting the different features like floor,tiles,wood etc. through textures.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Introductory Course| LEED V4

An Introductory Course to Start Your Preparation for the LEED Green Associate Exam and to Gain Deep Insight About LEED.

Created by Projectific Inc - LEED Exam Preparation Services | LEED Consulting

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Students: 4027, Price: Free

Prepared by the world's most trusted LEED exam prep provider, this LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Introductory Course will introduce students to the LEED rating system and provide deep insight about the principles of green buildings. This course is designed to be a solid starting point for the candidates who want to earn the LEED Green Associate credential, which is created for professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice. Please note that this course in an introductory course, and cannot be used as a complete exam preparation material for the LEED Green Associate exam.

On the first section, the course will provide deep insight about green buildings and sustainability, and explain the main principles behind green buildings. The discussion will then continue with the integrative process, which is one of the main elements of green building design and construction. In the second section, the students will be introduced to the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED, and the LEED professional credentials. On the third section, the candidates will be introduced to the structure of the LEED rating system and will gain a deeper understanding on how the LEED rating system actually works.

The course will help the student to learn, rather than to memorize the essential information for the exam. It does not matter how much time passes after taking the exam, as learning the real reasons behind the green building and LEED principles through observation will help to consolidate this information concisely.

This course is also recommended for students, professionals, and anyone who has not chosen to take an LEED professional exam, but nonetheless retains a strong interest in LEED and green buildings.

*LEED® and USGBC® are registered trademarks of the U.S. Green Building Council. We are not affiliated with the USGBC or the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and we do not administer LEED professional exams or the LEED green building certification program. We do not claim any endorsement or recommendation of our products or services by USGBC or GBCI.

The Basic Concept of Engineering Geology

Basic concept of engineering geology

Created by Bina Nusantara University - Fostering and Empowering

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Students: 3470, Price: Free

This course comprises the basic concept of Engineering Geology. This course will discuss topics on Introduction to Engineering Geology, Tectonic Plate Theory, the Basic Principle in Geology, the Geological Time Scale, Rocks and Minerals, the Igneous Rocks, the Sedimentary Rocks, the Rock Structure and the Rock Weathering. Students will have the basic knowledge to identify properties of geological engineering.

Architectural Digital Drawing : House

Learn how to make simple yet impactful architectural art

Created by Mila Duncheva - Architectural educator

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Students: 1587, Price: Free

Are you interested in architecture or built environment design? Have you always wanted to draw buildings but are too daunted by pen and paper?

Start your architectural digital drawing journey with  me, Mila Duncheva. I have a PhD in Architecture, a Batchelor of Arts in Architecture and am so passionate about teaching that I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have been drawing continuously for the past 10 years and am experienced online learning content creator. Drawing has helped me progress my career and also relieve pressure in times of stress. I want drawing to help you just as it has helped me.

I will guide you step by step to digitally draw a house using architectural drawing logic. From the experience you will get a sense for perspective, linework and adding colour and texture. You will complete a drawing to a professional standard and will gain valuable skills such as analytical thinking and creative problem solving.

Enjoy every minute of this architectural digital drawing course!

Mila

Video music credit: Tiny people by Alexei de Bronche

Offsite Ready – Offsite and Modular Construction

Knowledge for Change

Created by Lewis Ross - Representing the Offsite Ready Project

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Students: 1463, Price: Free

This course will provide participants with an understanding of the differences between offsite and onsite construction within the construction industry. Participants will gain an understanding of both the advantages and challenges of offsite construction.

Topics include:

  • Offsite fundamentals

  • Digital design

  • Estimating / commercial

  • Logistics

  • Offsite manufacture

  • Onsite placement and assembly

  • Management and integration.

Our course has been co-designed by industry and academic experts in the field of offsite construction. The project is led by CSIC (Construction Scotland Innovation Centre) and delivered in partnership with MOBIE (Ministry of Building and Education), CWIC (Construction Wales Innovation Centre), Edinburgh Napier University, COGC (City of Glasgow College) and COYO (Class of Your Own).

AutoCAD 2021: learn by drawing

AutoCAD 2021: efficient training and fast technical drawing samples in AutoCAD 2021

Created by Iman Kassab - Instructor in architectural programs and English

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Students: 1311, Price: Free

this course is a kind of a tip course for everyone who needs to get involved in drawing and get in touch with the program in a fast way. Also you can imagine yourself scanning the course from the first while by drawing small assignments which you can revolve around the meaning of each icon of the basic learning with some professional tip through it.

this type of a small technical drawings will help you get through the basic steps in drawing any draft that came across your mind and way.

Beside modules and lessons in this course you will need to work on the software by certain amount of time and hours to get better by time pass by.

As instructor

I support my students when they ask any questions and totally I understand THEIR needs and their comments to improve the product i deliver and get in touch with my clients very fast so i dedicate my own time from 2 to 3 hours per day for any comment.

so, I'm open to any discussions and argues to put up with any miscommunications or misunderstanding in any part of the module.

if you hesitate and felt hat the course failed to deliver you what you need, it is a 30 days money back guarantee as a refund.

thanks in advance

Learn autocad floor plan crash course

Floor plan design

Created by Hephzibah Ire - Tutorial teaching Urban basic and student tutor

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Students: 833, Price: Free

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software developed by the company Autodesk (hence the name AutoCAD). It allows you to draw and edit digital 2D and 3D designs more quickly and easily than you could by hand. The files can also be easily saved and stored in the cloud, so they be accessed anywhere at anytime

This is a course that explains the basic things that autocad can used to do for easy construction and application of measurements with the same scale used on paper drawing  it would be nice if a new user of auto cad can check out this tutorials it would help in a great way for better understanding in much more complex works and things like that which you could come across during construction with auto cad therefore all and anyone who wants to play around with autocad either as a student ,business man, constructor or any one in line with using this could join this tutorial for help outs before further practices on the software

AutoCAD stands for Computer Aided Design. This software used for designing and drafting. It allows a user to conceptualize ideas, product designs and drawings to the required level of technical accuracy, perform rapid design calculations and simulations in the field of manufacturing industries.

Learn autoCad level01

AutoCAD

Created by Hephzibah Ire - Tutorial teaching Urban basic and student tutor

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Students: 626, Price: Free

AutoCAD is a computer-aided design software developed by the company Autodesk (hence the name AutoCAD). It allows you to draw and edit digital 2D and 3D designs more quickly and easily than you could by hand. The files can also be easily saved and stored in the cloud, so they be accessed anywhere at anytime

This is a course that explains the basic things that autocad can used to do for easy construction and application of measurements with the same scale used on paper drawing  it would be nice if a new user of auto cad can check out this tutorials it would help in a great way for better understanding in much more complex works and things like that which you could come across during construction with auto cad therefore all and anyone who wants to play around with autocad either as a student ,business man, constructor or any one in line with using this could join this tutorial for help outs before further practices on the software

AutoCAD stands for Computer Aided Design. This software used for designing and drafting. It allows a user to conceptualize ideas, product designs and drawings to the required level of technical accuracy, perform rapid design calculations and simulations in the field of manufacturing industries.

Learn SketchUp from absolute Beginner to Advance level

Learn SketchUp to Develop professional Skills

Created by Design Tiny House - Engineering & Architectural Design Consulting

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Students: 427, Price: Free

This course ( Learn SketchUp from absolute Beginner to Advance level ) is designed for the absolute beginner, meaning no prior experience with SketchUp or 3D modeling software is not required as well as no knowledge from Architectural designing or work experience from the Engineering field is also not necessary.

You will start learning step by step about different types of tools as well as Option settings and After taking this course you will have a good understanding to learn more advanced levels of SketchUp.

In this course you will learn about following tools and options setting from absolute beginner level, which are given below:-

  • Learn how to use Default Tray in SketchUp.

  • Learn how to use Fog in SketchUp.

  • Learn how to use SketchUp Standard views in SketchUp.

  • Learn how to use Move tool in SketchUp.

  • learn how to use Rotate tool in SketchUp.

  • Learn how to use Scaling tool in SketchUp.

[ Note:- if you do not have any knowledge about SketchUp so Please don't escape any video lesson and watch all of the video lessons step by step to develop your understanding

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please enroll in the course Learn Google SketchUp Pro from absolute beginner level part1 and it will help you as a beginner to learn more tools and options settings ]

Complete Course for Beginners for Solar Energy

A perfect course with industry examples, tips, thumb rules & calculations for simplifying your learning for Solar Plants

Created by J.P. Singh - Solar Energy Consultant

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Students: 221, Price: Free

Hello, Dear Solar Enthusiast!

I welcome you to this Solar Energy course, designed with the goal to share the learning for the beginners of Solar Energy.

Let me share with you that I have tried to develop this course keeping in mind that a beginner could learn the technicality of the Solar field in a simpler and easier manner. I have tried to all the aspects of the Solar plants which include Technicals, Financial calculations, Financial modelling, Net Metering, Different types of Installations, Monitoring etc. Some of these aspects are generally missed in the other courses. I understand how difficult it is sometimes to explain the technical aspects, therefore I have tried to take the help of analogies and simple to relate examples and calculations for developing an easier understanding of the complex technicalities.

Being working as a Solar Energy consultant and executed approximately 50 projects with an aggregated capacity of 4000 kWp or 4 MWp, I have been able to gain useful experience and insights. I have tried to pour all my experience into this course, hope this would be valuable.

Examples from the industrial experience coupled with tips and thumb rules, average calculation formulae etc would really equip the viewer to gain a great command and grip. After, taking this course, a very detailed understanding of all the fundamentals involving Technicals, financial, execution, would help in building up the required confidence for taking up Solar projects or assignments in this field.

Be ready to cover tons of topics in the Solar field to charge yourself for your Solar expertise. We will be covering topics such as-

Basic fundamentals of Solar PV Energy!

Calculating the contribution of the Solar Plants for curbing carbon emission.

Comparison of  Grid-Tie vs. Off-Gris PV systems

What are the various components of a Solar PV system, how they function?

Thumb rules and formulas on your tips for evaluating any solar plant and carry forward the necessary plannings.

How to size the Solar plant, how to calculate the Savings and ROI period of your solar plant.

How to choose the best financial model for your solar plant, Comparative of different financial models.

Understand the net metering and calculate the bills from import and export readings.

Role of monitoring in increasing the output of the Solar Plant.

This course has been designed for: anyone who wants to explore the ins and outs of Solar PV Energy. The course has been designed in such a way that it is suitable for beginners and some of the detailed calculations and concepts would benefit the advanced learners as well. I am sure, it will also prove awesome for experienced Solar Professionals who want to enhance their skills and increment knowledge as some of the concepts presented here are not shared in other equivalent courses. You would see them once you go through the course.

And finally, if you are looking to enhance your knowledge in a comprehensive manner, Switch this Course On! Yes, Take the course and let the lamp of knowledge brighten your career and endeavours. Best wishes to you.

Practising as a consultant in the solar field, I would share more in the coming days and I do wish to add the experience as upgraded content and I look forward to keeping updating the content with the latest developments.

Intro to XR Visualization for Architecture

Everything you need to know to get started bringing your designs into VR.

Created by Lauren Smith - Scenic Design & VR Visualization

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Students: 138, Price: Free

Extended Reality (XR) can improve client communication, speed up your approvals process, and save time & money with real-time rendering. It's not surprising that XR is becoming increasingly popular for architectural visualization. With several types of headsets on the market and a growing number of software integrations, it's hard to know where to start.

This course is for architects with little to no experience with XR interested in understanding how to begin working with these valuable new technologies. We'll start by defining XR, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR). We'll explore several possible paths to VR to identify the best fit for your current workflow. Paths include Twinmotion, Enscape, Unity, and Unreal. After spending some time talking about what makes a successful VR design, we will dive into client sharing. By the end of the course, you'll have a general understanding of your XR Visualization options and several resources to continue your learning journey.

About the instructor:

Lauren started drafting in CAD over 12 years ago for a small historic preservation architecture firm in New York City. After four years in architecture and no aspirations to become an architect, she found a new home in the Events Industry. Since then, she has been designing stages and environments for corporate events.

Lauren uses the latest visualization technology, including Virtual Reality (VR), to bring client visions to life. Though experienced in other visualization software, including Cinema 4D with V-Ray and advanced Vectorworks Rendering, she prefers the unique immersion VR provides. In 2017, Lauren founded Scenic Mentor, a free 3D & VR tutorial blog, to help other 3D CAD/BIM designers learn this valuable new tech.