Autodesk Conceptual Design 2011 Curriculum

The Autodesk Conceptual Design 2011 curriculum includes objectives and key terminology, and combines theory and practice from scientific principles to hands-on application. A handful of architecture professors and practitioners developed these professional modular lessons and interactive teaching tools that support the fundamentals of conceptual design using the Autodesk® BIM portfolio.

Promote success by utilizing the complete kit of professionally developed instructor tools, student workbooks, and datasets that may be seamlessly integrated into your curriculum.

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Instructor Resources

Instructor resources support the student workbooks with presentation teaching tools.

Instructor Guides

Instructor Resources

Student Workbook

Each unit is mirrored by a student workbook unit that provides project-based exercises that support the concepts introduced in the instructor resources.


Included in the curriculum are video tutorials demonstrating conceptual design concepts.


The datasets are used in conjunction with the student workbook to work through the provided exercises.

Unit 1 Dataset Files

Unit 2 Dataset Files

Unit 3 Dataset Files

Autodesk software highlighted in this curriculum:

  • Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 software
  • Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software
  • Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2011 software
  • AutoCAD® 2011 software

Additional Resources

Visualization Design Guide with Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Created to assist teams competing in the U.S. Department of Energy's 2011 Solar Decathlon, this resource provides instruction on using Autodesk® 3ds Max® Design 2010 software for visualization. Learn how to create a daylighting system, adjust a photographic exposure to help produce renderings, analyze materials, and finally, create an architectural animation that is so near realistic you feel like you are walking through your structure. Produce amazing renderings and have the model and materials behave in a near physically correct and realistic manner.

Architectural Modeling with Autodesk Maya
Prepare the next generation of professionals with the Conceptual Design Curriculum Module featuring Autodesk® Maya® software. Autodesk Maya is used by leading 3D artists in the film and television, game development, and design industries to help create engaging, near lifelike digital images, near realistic animations, and great visual effects. For architecture, Autodesk Maya is a powerful complement to the BIM workflow during conceptualization, enabling you to create and modify geometrical concepts and designs with a robust toolset.

Author Bios

This curriculum was developed by David Fano, partner at CASE Design and adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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