Streamline architectural design and drafting

Specifically tailored for architectural design, AutoCAD® Architecture software is an architectural drafting tool to help you design and document more efficiently.

Features

Design

Architectural renovation

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Building renovation tools can help speed the design and production of renovation projects. The tools enable you to graphically represent design changes to existing buildings as existing, new, or demolished, and coordinate renovation drawing views.

 

Preview architectural object styles

With Style Preview, you can visually confirm walls, doors, windows, and other architectural object styles in the Properties Palette before use.

 

Walls, doors, and windows

AutoCAD-Arch-Walls-Windows-Doors-smallCreate documents and architectural drawings using walls, doors, and windows that mimic real-world behavior and construction. Modify walls and their endcap conditions on a component level for improved handling of common wall conditions, such as angled, cornered, or intersecting fire-rated walls. Insert and place doors or windows into your architectural drawings with more precise control. When you move any wall, all connected walls and spaces automatically update.

 

Integrated rendering

AutoCAD-Arch-Integrated-Rendering-smallBring architectural designs to life for impressive client presentations at any stage. Streamlined visualization capabilities are fully integrated into the AutoCAD Architecture workflow. Accelerate architectural design review cycles by publishing directly to DWF™ or DWFx file formats.

 

Real-time Fillet/Chamfer changes

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Collaboration

TrustedDWG™ technology

Help ensure the fidelity of your AutoCAD drawings when sharing and saving design data.

Project Navigator CheckOut

CheckOut lets you make changes outside of the project structure to avoid frequent, unnecessary xref change notifications. CheckOut also helps prevent team members from reacting to incomplete temporary changes or tests. No one else can view your changes until you check the file back into the project structure.

Project Navigator CheckIn

When you CheckIn a drawing, it saves automatically and notifies team members of the updated version. Add comments to a new file upon CheckIn to help ensure team members clearly understand your changes. Multiple backup versions are automatically saved, so you can also quickly return to a previous state of a drawing.

Industry Foundation Class (IFC) support

AutoCAD Architecture provides Industry Foundation Class (IFC) file format support, including recertification from buildingSMART for importing and exporting version 2×3 IFC files. Toolkit enhancements make it easier to migrate changes from one release to another.

PDF support

Share and reuse designs easily with PDF support.

Documentation

Sections and elevations

Create and update 2D sections within AutoCAD Architecture through dialog box reduction. To create a section, draw a section line. AutoCAD Architecture will generate a 2D section, based on the objects that are automatically included within the boundary of the section line. For even greater control, add and exclude additional objects as well.

Color-coded version differentiation

Visual Compare highlights graphic changes and geometry differences between two versions of a drawing. And, changes are color coded to make them easier to see.

Automated property set definitions

Automatically attach property set definitions to architectural objects to complete quantity takeoff calculations more easily. You can attach existing property set definitions to newly created objects and their styles, and easily attach new or modified property set definitions to existing objects.

Wall dimensioning

With AEC Dimensions, you can dimension any wall and all of its components according to your own standards. Dimensioning includes wall stud centerlines and faces. Associative dimensions automatically update as your designs change, eliminating time-consuming manual updates.

Space tagging and documentation

Automatically tag every room in your architectural drawing, complete with room areas. Change the bounding elements and spaces update automatically, saving you time and helping to make documentation more accurate. Space definitions can include offsets from bounding elements based on preset rules or rules you define, enabling area calculations that reflect a variety of industry standards, including BOMA, DIN, and SIS.

Room documentation

Use the Roombook feature to apply multiple finishes to a surface. Roombook calculates walls, floors, and ceilings, as well as room circumference and furnishing elements, for better room documentation. Easily create a detail schedule for each surface and export the data to an Excel spreadsheet, or export a DWF™ file to Quantity Takeoff cost estimating software.

Architectural drawing creation and annotation

Document and annotate architectural drawings faster with an extensive library of detail components and powerful keynoting tools. Automate the creation of architectural details and maintain consistent annotation. Generate keynote legends when your details are complete.

Annotation and unit scaling

Change drawing units and object tags, text, and other annotation scaled objects to keep the same relative appearance and size.

Customization

Easier style access

The Styles Browser palette lets you browse styles for many objects from a variety of sources and libraries. Dynamically search and select preferred styles. Import preferred styles and assign the selected style to the object in the drawing.

Streamlined user interface

A sleek user interface offers enhanced desktop organization, a large drawing window, and easy access to tools and commands. Find your favorite tools faster, locate less frequently used tools more efficiently, and discover new features more easily. The user interface design is consistent across many Autodesk products.

Customized scheduling

Easily customize the look of out-of-box schedule styles to meet your company’s standards. You can also create new schedules from scratch, complete with your required calculations. Schedules link directly to your designs and can update instantly to reflect design changes. Group, format, and subtotal similar data at different levels, and export grouped and subtotaled schedules to Excel.

Easy changes to block instances

As your design changes, you can make changes to your components more easily. Assign block instances a different definition without recreating the block.

Display order by layer

Set order for layers in a list, and apply the display order for objects on each layer. Preview changes to make sure they’re predictable.