Professional | ~5 hr.

Families and Parameters for Architectural Design

Course | Skill builder
Discover how to create real-world families to enhance your architectural projects and accelerate design efficiency.

Revit provides a generic library of standard content to support the creation of models at early stages of design. However, as your design progresses, project specific content with specific data will need to be developed and managed. This course will provide the required skills to understand and build your own content.


After completing this course, you'll be able to:

  • Create Revit families, categories, Revit family templates, and custom family templates.
  • Create reference planes and assign properties.
  • Define parameter types and uses.
  • Create instance and type parameters.
  • Create, edit, and manage shared parameters.
  • Use solid and void geometry to create 3D families.
  • Create profiles and understand where profiles can be used.
  • Use sweeps and blends for complex shape modeling.
  • Create  2D symbolic details with detail components.
  • Develop a door family with nested 3D and 2D components.
  • Create a parametric bookshelf controlled by formulae.
  • Create and place custom tags.
  • Create in-place families.
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Course modules

~10 min.
Getting started
Course Module

Discover what you'll learn in this course and download the software and resources you need.

~40 min.
Revit family basics for architectural design

Learn what various types of families are available, what they are used for, and how family templates can accelerate the creation of families. 

~51 min.
Parameters for architectural design

Learn to create custom parameters for a project and for any element or component category in the project. 

~51 min.
Family modeling with solid and void forms

Solid and void extrusions are created in Revit from various geometric shapes, and you use the Family Editor tools to produce the required family geometry. Additionally, profiles are added to define and edit the shape of 3D geometry.

~1 hr. 30 min.
Architectural family content

Families that are specific to architecture include doors, furniture, ceiling partitions, and 2D detail components. 

~30 min.
Course challenge exercise
Course Module

Now that you've completed the learning material in this course, you can take the challenge exercise to measure your skills on the topics covered in this course. 


~20 min.
Final test
Course Module

Ready to test your knowledge? Pass this required test with a score of 75% or more to complete the course and earn a certificate of completion

Instructor resources

Resources for teaching in the classroom.

Teach this course in the classroom. It is recommended that you watch the videos and familiarize yourself with the course before delivering this content in the classroom.

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We’ve provided an instructor guide for teaching the course content in the classroom, with discussion prompts, learning objectives, and estimated times for demonstration and practice. Additionally, grading rubrics for the challenges found in the course are provided. Students can either work in teams or solve the challenges on their own.

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