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Experience a seamless design process, from concept through completion, with support from Autodesk architectural design software

Workflow for architectural design


Develop higher quality, more innovative projects with tools for design, documentation, visualization, and simulation available in Autodesk architecture software. Improve communication throughout the project lifecycle by more securely managing and sharing data with collaborators and stakeholders.



  • Conceptual design

    Capture design ideas: Use an iPad to capture building design concepts anywhere, anytime and bring them into Revit software for further development.

    Modeling: Sketch freely and manipulate forms interactively with conceptual modeling tools within Revit software.

    Analysis: Quickly gain insight into energy consumption with cloud-based analysis tools. 

  • Energy analysis

    Design development: Experience a more seamless design-to-analysis process with design models containing data that can be used for downstream energy analysis.

    In-process energy analysis: Create more sustainable, energy-efficient designs by gaining insight into the energy consumption of design concepts early in the design process.

    Detailed energy analysis: Support LEED certification and Energy Star ratings with tools that help you perform whole-building analysis and optimize energy efficiency.

  • Collaboration

    Design collaboration: Work simultaneously with other project team members on the same building information model, in the same office or across geographies.

    Detailed design coordination and clash detection: Reduce change orders by coordinating architecture and engineering designs before construction begins.

    Data management and collaboration: Improve collaboration with internal and external team members with software that offers version control, rollbacks, and tracking to keep you aligned. 

    Collaboration during construction: Improve communication and see updated changes instantly by viewing and editing files on your mobile device or the web.

  • Visualization

    In-process design rendering: Visualize and communicate design ideas from within your design software.

    In-process design rendering: Quickly produce high-quality renderings in the cloud to evaluate design options with your project team.

    Communicate design intent: Better communicate design ideas and options to clients through interactive presentations. 

    Market and sell your designs: Bring your ideas to life with cinematic-quality renderings and visualizations that can be used in marketing. 

Products for architecture

Autodesk Building Design Suite integrated building design software

Building Design Suite
Integrated building design software featuring BIM and CAD tools.

Energy Analysis for Revit
Cloud-based software for analyzing energy usage.

BIM 360 cloud-based rendering

Rendering in A360
Cloud-based near- photorealistic rendering.

BIM 360 Glue cloud-based software

BIM 360 Glue
Cloud-based software for project coordination and collaboration.

Autodesk Revit software for Building Information Modeling (BIM)

BIM tools for architectural design, MEP, and structural engineering.

Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based energy analysis service

Green Building Studio
Cloud-based energy analysis software.

AutoCAD Architecture software

AutoCAD Architecture
The version of AutoCAD software for architects.

Autodesk Point Layout construction layout software

Point Layout
Create, export, or import coordinate data for construction field layout.

Autodesk Revit LT software, 3D BIM tool for design and documentation

Revit LT
A 3D Building Information Modeling tool for design and documentation.

AutoCAD design and documentation software

CAD design, drafting, modeling, drawing, and engineering software.

Autodesk Showcase 3D visualization software

AutoCAD 360
Cloud-based CAD editor app available for web and mobile.

Autodesk Showcase 3D visualization software

Visualization software for 3D design.

Industry trends and topics

BIM breaks down barriers

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. Meeting the increasing global demand for BIM, Autodesk BIM software for architects includes a comprehensive portfolio of solutions for design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration that uses the rich information in the intelligent model to inform better decision making and break down the barriers to better business.
Learn more about BIM

Sustainable design creates a better future

To help you meet the need for a more sustainable world, Autodesk provides tools to help you make more informed decisions and implement green architecture, engineering, and construction. Incorporate sustainable design practices with faster and more accurate analyses conducted in the cloud.
Learn more about sustainable design

Autodesk supports BIM interoperability

Data exchange standards help project teams move BIM models and information from one 3D modeling software application to another, facilitating more efficient, collaborative workflows. Autodesk’s work on our data exchange development protocols underscore our ongoing commitment to support industry BIM interoperability efforts and open source development methodologies.
Learn more about BIM interoperability.

What customers are saying

Products they used

Shanghai Tower

Teams working on China’s tallest building met goals in construction efficiency, design communications, and project coordination with support from Autodesk® BIM solutions. They will use BIM to manage the building’s ongoing operations.

 Shanghai Tower customer story

Beck Group

An architecture firm used BIM solutions to design and build an innovative church. The team stayed ahead with help from software that enabled them to explore and refine ideas from the earliest stage of the design process.

 Beck Group customer story


Autodesk BIM solutions helped RLF collaborators to meet deadlines and deliver quality by helping to align their ideas and workflows in real time, giving better insight into the project from the beginning.

 RLF customer story

DARK Architects

Designers, engineers, and consultants successfully and efficiently solved problems on a challenging project by creating, collaborating, and updating an effective building model using BIM solutions.