Most architectural firms only work with one or two software platforms such as ArchiCAD or Revit. These platforms can be very expensive and difficult to master which is why, when a corporation has more than ten people on staff, they prefer to create efficiency by only using one or two products internally. However, interior designers tend to collaborate with different architectural firms and need to be capable of using a range of software because we need to adapt our information to fit the original format established by the base architect.
To collaborate with various architectural firms, my team must be proficient in the following apps.
- ArchiCAD is a software that enables architects to work with Building Information Modeling (BIM) and handles all common aspects of aesthetics and engineering during the entire design process of the built environment.
- AutoCAD is mostly used for precise 2D and 3D drawings.
- Revit is a BIM software that drives efficiency and accuracy across the project lifecycle, from conceptual design, visualization and analysis to fabrication and construction.
- 3D Max and SketchUp are resourceful three-dimensional modeling and rendering software suites, designed with final placements of the project in mind. They help clients visualise how their projects will look and feel in virtual reality.
- VRay and Enscape are rendering apps that need to work together with 3D software (ex. SketchUP, 3D Max and BIM).
- Rhino is parametric and can create, edit, analyse, document, render, animate and translate NURBS curves, surfaces and solids.
Our proficient documentation approach helps our team document interiors with accuracy allowing the client to price and evaluate the cost of building before design documentation begins, saving them time and money. Because we now have full access to furniture and lighting in 3D, we can provide imagery that transports people into the digital space in a hyper-realistic manner.
We carefully select each piece of furniture and surface texture and model it into the space to accurately develop renderings/CGIs so that our clients can see a realistic vision of their interiors before they’re completed. We keep the intellectual property in-house to allow the client to request additional views at any time and aid the production of volume imagery to help maximise media and content assets during the life of the project. This is not extra work; it is just another way to easily transition to full renders making it even more affordable for our clients. We document real designs digitally, from finishes and textures to the smallest of objects – everything necessary to help expedite a project’s vision from conception to delivery.
Give your interior designer the chance to create documentation and you will be pleasantly surprised with the result!