Computer Requirements | College of Architecture & Environmental Design | Kent State University

Computer Requirements

This policy was established to aid in the planning of computer purchase(s) throughout the completion of the Architecture and Interior Design programs. 
 

The college requires that students entering the Architecture and Interior Design programs have a mid-range to high-end consumer-grade laptop.  The College will update these specifications on an annual or biannual basis to match advances in software and hardware requirements.

 

Computer Requirements for the Architecture/ID Programs

1st - 4th Year

Example Specs:
15 inch display
Intel i7 Series Processor
Dedicated Graphics card (ie. Nvidia GTX series)
16 GB Ram
512 GB Solid State Drive
External Hard Drive (for backup) atleast twice the size of your internal hard drive
Additional 21” monitor is highly recommended

 

4th Year and Graduate Architecture Students:

Students entering 4th year Architecture will begin using very resource intensive applications.  Students often opt to purchase a high-end desktop to complement their laptop.

 

Example Specs:
Intel I7 Series
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or greater
16 – 32GB Ram
256 - 512 GB Solid State Drive (OS Drive)
1 – 2TB Storage Drive

Wireless Card/Adapter (There are not wired connections at studio desks and students must connect using wifi)
External Hard Drive (for backup) atleast twice the size of your internal hard drive
Dual 21” monitor is highly recommended

 

 

Current Software

    1.    AutoCAD Architecture 2019 Academic Version Free download when you join the student community at students.autodesk.com
    2.    Revit Architecture 2019 Academic Version Free download when you join the student community at students.autodesk.com)
    3.    Adobe Creative Cloud Suite Offered to students at a discounted rate at software.kent.edu
    4.    Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc)
    6.    Rhino 6 Primary 3D modeling software used offered at a discounted rate: https://www.rhino3d.com/edu
 

Additional software may be required for certain electives.  

 

Please note - free downloads are offered by the respective software developers and not Kent State. These free promotions are subject to change or end at any time without notice. Most downloads are not perpetual and expire after a set amount of time.  
 

Note About Apple Computers

We do not recommend the purchase of an Apple/Macintosh Computer due to compatibility issues with print drivers and software packages.