Professional | ~8 hr.

Advanced 3D Modeling for Architectural Design

Course | Skill builder
Explore the possibilities of creating 3D architectural models in Revit. Apply these new skills to your work and take your career to the next level.


Revit offers many tools for creating production-level BIM models with speed and efficiency. Dive into these essential features using an industry-standard workflow for modeling. You’ll create and work with architectural elements, such as walls, floors and ceilings, roofs, stairs, and railings. Round out your skills with lessons on topography, mass families, rooms, areas, and materials.

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

  • Create wall types, embed walls, and create sweeps and reveals.
  • Create and adjust curtain walls, work with curtain wall panels, and place doors in curtain walls.
  • Create ceilings, place lights, and create floor upstands.
  • Use shape-editing features and assign thickness to floors.
  • Model advanced roofs, such as glazed and mansard, place fasciae and gutters, and create dormer windows.
  • Edit railing paths and create multi-story stairs and u-shaped staircases.
  • Create a toposurface from a linked CAD file.
  • Create a building pad in a toposurface and add site components.
  • Create mass families, edit masses, and develop the model using model by face tools.
  • Develop an area scheme, area plans, and area boundaries.
  • Work with room bounding objects, room data, schedules, and color schemes.
  • Create and assign materials to objects.

Course modules

~2 min.
Getting started

Getting started

~1 hr. 20 min.
Modeling walls

Get hands-on right away by creating a multi-layer wall. Assign materials to layers, then move onto building vertical compound walls.

~1 hr. 5 min.
Modeling curtain walls

Learn how to create new curtain walls, edit curtain grids, work with curtain wall types, and adjust curtain grids to place a door family.

~1 hr.
Modeling floors and ceilings

Create ceilings and ceiling types, then host elements on the ceiling. You’ll create upstands, thickened edges, and use Revit’s editing features for floors by assigning variable thickness to floor layers.

~40 min.
Modeling roofs

Discover how to create roof types. Using Revit’s roof by footprint method, you’ll create a roof sketch, adjust slope properties, and convert the sketch to a roof element.

~55 min.
Modeling stairs and railings

Create a multi-level staircase and add a shaft opening to create a stairwell. You’ll add and modify railings to staircases, then discover how to host railings onto other structures such as walls, floors, roofs, and topography.

~20 min.
Modeling site and topography

Push your skills further by modeling site elements and topography. Work with a CAD file to create a toposurface, adjust its contours before editing, then create a subregion.

~1 hr. 5 min.
Modeling masses

Mass modeling is a quick way to draw conceptual volumes. Learn this workflow, from creating and editing mass families to further developing the model using model-by-face tools.

~35 min.
Modeling rooms and areas

Learn how to create areas, including area schemes and area plans. Then create room data schedules, giving you the ability to locate components according to the room they occupy.

~45 min.
Modeling materials

Learn how to create and assign materials to 3D objects. You’ll discover how to use the Autodesk Material Library, how to adjust appearance render settings, and how to use the Paint tool.

~20 min.
Final test

Final test

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