Q+A: Software for a job

My question is which do you require to take classes for software and if yes which one would be the primary software in which u need to excel for a good job or internship? i am good with autocad and basics of revit and photoshop. Do suggest . professionally which is the most used and required software ?

Sagarika wants to know about software, and this one I have conflicting views about. I have views which are lofty and idealistic, but I also have views which may fall more in the realities. Peter Raisbeck, an architecture academic and blogger, wrote about BIM, I highly suggest giving that a read. He makes some really good points, some which may hit close to home. He also writes a good post about going non-digital, give that a read also. Warwick Mihaly does a great series of lessons for design students, never does he mention software. As for me, I use to tutor fellow students in Revit until I realised that it wasn’t helping when a student changed their design because they couldn’t do what they really wanted to do. Since then I’ve wrote about Revit in architecture school, so maybe give that a read as well.

So now that those are out of the way, let me answer your question. It comes down to what sort of job you want. Like what Peter wrote, if you want to just use Revit all day, learn Revit and become really good at it. However it should be made clear that knowing a piece of software really well won’t make you a better future-architect. Instead you should be learning about good design and research. Maybe even practice drawing/sketching, because from experience, when you’re out on site with a builder and you need to figure out a detail, you don’t have time to go back to the office and draft it in AutoCAD or Revit. Instead you pick up a piece of broken plasterboard, pull out your Sharpie and draw through the problem. That kind of problem solving makes you much more valuable than someone who knows a piece of software, because ultimately that’s what architecture is, problem solving. I’m going off-topic here but one of my tutors in a history subject once said that architects will sometimes create a problem, merely to figure out how to solve it.

However, if you want your question actually answered with a software suggestion, ignoring everything else, then I suggest Revit. The profession is moving forward with BIM, and Revit is simply the best at that. If you can improve your Revit skills, while still maintaining good AutoCAD abilities, then that should favour you when applying for jobs looking for architecture graduate with Revit skills.

I hope this short post gets you thinking a little bit more than simply deciding which software to get lessons for.

I’m going to end the Q+A, I’m working on a few blog posts and want to focus on them. It was a cool little experiment nonetheless.

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