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Thursday, July 23, 2009

A slice of BIM response

I don't normally do this, but my email subscribers rarely venture onto my blog, so I thought I'd repost a comment to my pizza post. Josh, thanks for the comments and paypal me an invoice for your pizza lunch. I'd be happy to buy you lunch since it was my post that got you hungry in the first place.

Josh Moore, July 23, 2009 10:27 AM

Nice post...here's my thoughts about BIM/Revit in schools. I'm all for it. Personally, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007, and although I do envy those with mad hand drawing skills, I can speak for myself, and I think many of my classmates when I say that a good knowledge of Revit during school would have been a tremendous advantage in Studio.

For me, I would take a expert Revit skills over expert drawing skills any day. I mean, that's why we moved to AutoCAD from Hand drafting in the first place, right? You can get so much more done, and it's much more precise and meaningful the hand drawing could ever be.

I think, in order to keep up with competition and build the best buildings possible, teaching students how to use BIM softwares (not just Revit), is vital.

I don't mean to get on my soap box, but I think as architects, we are taught, and caught up in "conceptualizing" in school. I have nothing against having a concept, but I just think that with all of the Codes we have to follow, at the same time be energy mindful, and all of the other things we HAVE TO DO to get the building built, I am of the opinion that a concept should revolve more around the function of the building, than the aesthetic form. We could get in the whole debate of Form follows funtion or the other way around, but I think we spend way too much time thinking conceptually in school (at least mine), than learning the necessary tools to be a good architect (including BIM/Sustainability software).

There are so many tools out there, I'll be the first to say, sometimes it's extermemely hard to keep up. I'm of the opinion that nowadays, Architect's should be required to continue education in software tools that allow them to make better, more informed decisions about the design of a building. This should all start as a requirement at College.

For a dean of any College of Architecture to not believe that teaching Revit would completely change the way the student thinks about the design of a building for the worse, is crazy. And what's crazier, in my opinion, is to think that in today's world, we are doing the student an injustice by doing so, because it might hinder their hand drawing skills.

Seriously? The student is going to use whatever tool they feel most comfortable with and that will get the job done most efficiently and effectively. I find myself sketching periodically (even though it isn't pretty), just to get the idea of a detail or design on a building, but then I immediately move to hardlining it in Revit, becuase it's so fast and easy to change, and you already start to think about Building requirements, clearences, etc. that you usually miss when sketching. Well that's my LONG two cents...

By the way, I was already hungry before you mentioned PIZZA! Having some for lunch :-O>

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