2022/2023 School Year
The following software programs are required and used by students in their studies and design work. As you will see below, many are free, but Rhino requires purchase.
These products are required for both graduate and undergraduate students.
(Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
|Win/Mac||Free||SU provides Microsoft Office for free to all active students. Click here for info. Graduating students can get a year of Office 365 for $12 post-graduation.|
Adobe Creative Cloud
(Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat Pro + other products)
|Win/Mac||Free||The school now provides Adobe Creative Cloud to matriculated Architecture students. Get it here. All Adobe products are included with the subscription.|
|AutoCAD Architecture||Win/Mac||Free||Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.* The Mac version of AutoCAD is also available, but is not the Architecture edition and is not as feature complete.|
|Rhinoceros 7.0||Win||$100||SU Bookstore price. Rhino 7 licenses include a free Rhino 6 legacy license. You can install both versions 7 and 6 on the same machine. Version 6 may be required for some plugins that are not yet compatible with version 7.|
|V-Ray for Rhino||Win||Free||Obtain the V-Ray installation software from the G drive in G:\ARCH\Student Resources\Software. Then follow the installation instructions.|
* Once you have an syr.edu email address, register for free to obtain and download the Autodesk software. Visit the Autodesk Education Community and look for the “Sign In” link. Fill out the registration form using your syr.edu email address. When creating a password, please pick a different one than your SU NetID password. After logging in with the new account info, go to the software download section to obtain the free programs.
These products are for 2nd-5th year undergraduates and graduate students.
|CAD / BIM / Environmental|
|Autodesk Revit||Win||Free||Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*|
|Autocad Map 3D||Win||Free||Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*|
|ArcGIS Pro||Win||Free||Visit this link to obtain the free license.|
|Google Earth Pro||Win||Free||Download & install. The pro version allows for higher quality printing of maps.|
|3ds Max||Win||Free||Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*|
|Maya||Win/Mac||Free||Obtain through the Autodesk Education Community.*|
|Cinema 4D Studio||Win/Mac||Free||To obtain the software, visit the Cinema 4D Student website.|
|Lumion 3D||Win||Free||Visit this site to obtain a free license.|
Students must keep the original receipt of purchase of all software. All instructors of course work that use computing media may require students using machines and software not in School computer clusters to provide a copy of the purchase receipt(s) of the relevant application(s). The School requires this to avoid software copyright violations.
Important Note to Macintosh Users
We no longer recommend purchase of a Mac, as some essential software used in the program requires Windows (namely certain Rhino plugins, ArcGIS Pro, Autodesk Revit, ClimateStudio, etc.).
In the past, Mac users could install Windows through Boot Camp, but this option is currently unavailable on the new M1/M2 Macs. The are a couple of 3rd party apps such as Parallels and Fusion that run Windows inside macOS, but we’ve seen many cases where poor performance and graphical glitches cause problems and frustration. If you choose to try Parallels/Fusion, Windows 10 is free for students.
* Rhino for Mac does not support essential plugins used in the school and is missing commands found in the Windows version.
* The Mac version of AutoCAD isn’t as feature complete as the AutoCAD Architecture version for Windows.