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Autodesk provides architects and designers with the software they need to develop accurate, higher-quality architectural renderings.

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What is architectural rendering?

Architectural rendering is the process of creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional images of a proposed architectural design. The goal of architectural rendering is to illustrate lifelike experiences of how a space or building will look like before they have been built. Using architectural rendering software can lead to more sophisticated and eye-popping designs that represent design intent accurately before any physical work on a project begins.

Benefits of architectural rendering

There are three main benefits of using 3D rendering software for architecture projects:

  1. Develop design ideas more accurately
  2. Identify problems early in the development stages to reduce costs
  3. Communicate design ideas  with clients and partners

Types of architectural rendering

  • 3 axis CNC machine


    Like the inside of an office building or home, many details including flooring, furnishings and lighting contribute to a space. Interior renderings offer a perspective on what it will be like to work or live in that space.

    Image courtesy of Ziad Balakosy

  • 4 axis machining


    Many considerations like light, shadowing and reflection factor into the creation of exterior renderings. These factors are important in considering how a building will relate to the environment and people around it.

    Image courtesy of BNIM

  • 5-axis CNC machine


    Many companies use an aerial view render in their presentations to show a dynamic perspective that leads to better understanding of landscapes, surrounding buildings and complete visualisations.

    Image courtesy of VRRT

How is architectural rendering used?

DBOX: Traditional storytelling with modern workflows

DBOX stays on top of new technology to deliver exclusive work like the 432 Park Avenue project, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.

Image courtesy of DBOX

Tangram 3DS on VR and architectural design

Tangram 3DS specialises in comprehensive design solutions for the AEC, interior design, maritime and real estate industries.

Image courtesy of Tangram 3DS

A fresh spin on interior rendering

Stefan Lopusny, artist and founder of design visualisation studio Fat Tony Studio, tackles an animated film with In Circles.

Image courtesy of Stefan Lopusny

Architectural rendering software

Workflows for architectural rendering software

  • Visualising building with Revit & 3ds Max

  • Revit + 3ds Max (01.32:31 min.)

    Learn how to use 3ds Max software to generate high-quality still images and animations of building models created in Revit software.

Free architectural rendering software


    We offer free Autodesk software for students and educators. Use the same architectural rendering software as top professionals around the world.



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Architectural rendering resources