CAD is an important skill for architecture students to learn

Posted on November 03, 2010

Students often are eager to learn new things and explore new methods of getting assignments completed. This is particularly true for Colleges offering students degrees in Architecture and the Allied Arts. Training in design and practice fundamentals are essential to the success of an architecture student after graduation and upon entering the workforce. The most popular discussions today, though, focus around what CAD programs to use, whether to train students in avant-garde technologies, and whether to require students to gain credits in such courses.

While no architecture student should second guess the necessity of a design and practice course requirements as a foundation to their education, they should strongly consider why and how they will be educated to use CAD tools. Students must first recognize the importance of CAD tools for both their future career and their present skills to complete their projects. It is well known that CAD is an industry standard tool and much of what can be done today in architectural design is in part defined by how it can be produced in a CAD software program. Additionally, CAD tools can enhance production and help students accomplish more than other drafting tools.

It is very important to understand that CAD is a tool and not a skill to develop. There are certain parameters and ways of drafting for each software program, but how one uses them is based upon there own patterns and ways of understanding the software's interface. Architecture Firms use a variety of software programs and all with different standards and methodologies. Nonetheless, CAD is important for students to learn because it is an industry standard tool that is often mistaken for a skill. Skill in using the tool can only be developed by actually using the tool. That said, take CAD courses that have you use the tool and discover things about how to use it to accomplish certain tasks in different ways.

There is an ever growing number of CAD software programs that in part shape what the most influential design firms can create as architecture. Much of what can be done today in architectural design is in part defined by how it can be produced in a CAD software program. It will benefit the student to understand how these designs are realized through the CAD software process.

CAD makes much of the work of production easier and more efficient than other presentation or drafting tools. Once a student has developed some skills in using the tools in a CAD software program they should use the tool for their projects and further develop their understanding of how they can use the software to assist in their process of drafting a design.

CAD is an industry standard tool for producing architectural drawings and models and in large part informs the design in contemporary architecture. If a student takes the time to learn how to use these tools, they will be better prepared for the work-force with industry relevant tools in practice, and they are likely to improve their productivity and efficiency on their projects.