Lecture    AB3759
Animations for Architects
Eric Mitchell
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Animations typically have a polished and time-intensive connotation. However, increases in computing power and program interoperability have begun to bend this notion. This class will focus on the benefits of quick animations—animations that help designers form, shape, understand, and present a design. We will explore the methods that are required to take Autodesk® Revit® software models and move them into Autodesk® 3ds Max® software in ways that allow designers to make active design decisions. We will show quick, functional animation workflows, covering a variety of topics, including solar glare, form, constructability, programming, scheduling, and more through animation. This class hopes to show that designers can effectively study and explain their designs through fast-production animations. We will show start-to-finish methods through case studies.

Key Learnings

  • Explain concepts and information to clients and managers through animation
  • Implement real project examples in your firm
  • Demonstrate the benefits of animations as a design tool
  • Make design decisions through quick animations


 Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell
Eric Mitchell manages Autodesk® Revit® projects and digital design technology at KlingStubbins in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has worked on a variety of multidiscipline BIM and visualization projects, including Lightner Public Safety Center, Fidelity Investments Campus, and the Reynolds Tower. Eric is an involved member of the BIM Standards Committee, where he helps to develop standards, templates, and workflow, and to push the boundaries of BIM and digital design. Eric has guest lectured at North Carolina State University, College of Design.

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