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 bi-annual basis to match advances in software and hardware requirements.

 

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ARCHITECTURE/ID PROGRAMS

Usually these specs can be met by simply shopping for a "gaming computer" or a "gaming laptop". 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.

1ST - 4TH YEAR ARCHITECTURE AND ID STUDENTS

Example Specs:

  • 15 inch display
  • Intel i5 or i7 Series Quad core or greater Processor (AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7)
  • Dedicated Graphics card (ie. Nvidia GTX series or AMD Radeon RX 500 or Radeon RX Vega Series)
  • 16 GB Ram
  • 512 GB Solid State Drive 
  • External Hard Drive (for backup) atleast twice the size of your internal hard drive
  • Wireless Card/Adapter (There are not wired connections at studio desks and students must connect using wifi)
  • Additional 21” monitor is highly recommended

 

4TH YEAR AND GRADUATE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS

Example Specs:

  • Intel i5 or i7 SeriesIntel i5 or i7 Series Quad core or greater Processor (AMD Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or greater (AMD Radeon Vega Series)
  • 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 (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign) Offered to students at a discounted rate at software.kent.edu
  4. Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, etc)
  5. 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.