Laptop Requirements for Architecture and Interior Architecture & Design Students

Students entering the Master of Architecture or Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture & Design programs will need to have a PC (Windows-enabled) laptop for compatibilty with architectural software packages used in various required courses.

At a minimum, the laptop should have:

  • 16 GB of RAM
  • Intel i7 (7th gen or later) processor
  • 500 GB to 1 TB SSD main drive
  • A dedicated graphics card with 4 GB of memory

We do not recommend build-in Intel HD-type graphics due to performance issues when operating CAD applications. For screen size, we recommend a 15" screen or greator for good viewing area, battery life and portability compromise.

The following software packages may be needed:

  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Autodesk 3D Studio Max
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Rhinoceros (Rhino 3D)
  • Sketchup
  • MS Office

This is not meant to be a complete list of software, always check with your studio professors before making major software purchases. MS office products are provided free to KU students and AutoDesk products are free from AutoDesk.com/education after signing up.

The School of Architecture & Design also has several labs available to students. The Bridge Computer Lab computers have many of the software programs required to do coursework and is available to students, staff and faculty via passcode access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  


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