Revit Architecture 2016
by Douglas R. Seidler
Focused, clear, and relevant Revit instruction
for interior design and architecture students.
The Revit Book written for you
I believe any interested student can learn a new skill with clear, organized instruction. Complex skills require more focus and clearer instruction. Revit is no different.
I teach and write about complex software like Revit and AutoCAD by limiting instruction to the most relevant topics. Each topic is presented with custom graphics and easy-to-read text. The instruction creates strong connections to architectural graphic standards, the design studio, and the design profession.
Guided discovery exercises reinforce the newly attained knowledge, while application exercises provide an opportunity to apply the skill to something new.
Revit Architecture 2016 for Designers provides focused, clear, and relevant instruction for both interior design and architecture students.
New to this edition
Fully illustrated, step-by-step tutorials are updated for Revit Architecture 2016’s user interface improvements.
Improved instruction on dimensioning, detailing, custom stairs, and ramps.
New instruction on creating construction plans, furniture plans, and using material libraries in photorealistic renderings.
Companion website features updated downloads for each chapter, including guided discovery exercises, title blocks, Revit® families, and sample rendered images.
Design firms pick Revit
Revit is rapidly replacing AutoCAD as the digital drawing tool of choice for architects and interior designers. This book aims to help design students master Revit as a tool in the design studio and in practice.
You can broadly sort the numerous Revit books into two categories—“guides for dummies” and “exhaustive references”—neither of which specifically addresses how professional designers use Revit.
Revit Architecture 2016 for Designers sits between these two categories, providing both a thorough primer for new learners and expanded conceptual discussion for design professionals.
The progressive introduction of concepts (chapters build on previous chapters), digital exercises, and professional examples make this book easy to follow for learners new to Revit.
Packed with visual examples, Revit Architecture 2016 for Designers is written specifically for architecture students and interior design students. It provides a thorough primer for new learners and advanced instruction for designers.
Chapter 11 introduce advanced Revit concepts like modeling custom families and creating photorealistic renderings.
We learn best when we can create connections between the new information we are learning and information that we already know. Chapter 1 introduces Revit and Building Information Modeling (BIM) through comparisons to AutoCAD and hand drawing.
Chapters 2–7 introduce you to each architectural drawing type in Revit with an emphasis on creating drawings for presentations. Understanding how to navigate each of the drawing types in the Revit project keeps you in control of your drawing and allows you to “ask of the computer” rather than let Revit dictate how your drawings will look. Each chapter begins with a basic introduction of Revit’s features for the drawing convention and gradually moves through intermediate and more advanced drawing techniques.
Chapters 8–10 introduce construction documents in Revit, starting with organized sheet sets. Additional topics include schedules, enlarged plans, exporting drawings, and construction details. By combining these construction document skills with a strong foundation for drawing in Revit, you will be prepared to work on or create any Revit project.
The final two chapters introduce advanced Revit concepts like modeling custom furniture families and creating photorealistic renderings. Students are also introduced to glass curtain walls and storefront glass wall systems.
Chapter 1 - Introducing Revit Architecture
Building Information Modeling 4
Installing Revit 6
Revit Project Files 12
Revit User Interface 14
Arranging Views 17
Textbook Learning Exercises 18
Chapter 2 - Floor Plan Basics
Floor Plans 22
Drawing Walls 23
Drawing Doors and Windows 30
Door Families 34
Drawing Furniture 36
Learning Exercises 40
Chapter 3 - Advanced Floor Plans 43
Building Levels 44
Column Grid Lines 48
Construction Plans 60
Furniture Plans 66
Architectural Scale/North Arrow 68
Linking AutoCAD Drawings 69
Floor Plan Checklist 70
Learning Exercises 72
Chapter 4 - Reflected Ceiling Plans 73
Light Fixtures 78
Ceiling Tags 81
Advanced Ceilings 82
Ceiling Symbols 85
Dimensioning the Ceiling Plan 86
Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP) Checklist 88
Learning Exercises 90
Chapter 5 - Perspective and Isometric Drawings 91
Perspective Views 92
Isometric 3D Views 94
Visual Styles 96
Naming Views 98
3D Drawing Checklist/Learning Exercises 99
Chapter 6 - Elevations and Sections 101
Interior Elevations 102
Annotating Interior Elevations 106
Building Elevations 110
Building Sections 112
Interior Elevation Checklist 115
Building Elevation Checklist 116
Building Section Checklist 117
Learning Exercises 118
Chapter 7 - Roofs and Site Plans 119
Sloped Roofs 120
Flat Roofs 122
Site Topography 125
Site Components and Trees 128
Site Plan Checklist/Learning Exercises 132
Chapter 8 - Sheets and Printing 135
Creating Sheets 136
Adding Views to Sheets 140
Customizing Title Blocks 142
Printing Sheets and Views 144
Printing PDFs 146
Exporting Drawings to CAD 148
Exporting Drawings to SketchUp 150
Importing to SketchUp 151
Learning Exercises 152
Chapter 9 - Schedules and Lists 153
Room Finish Schedules 154
Area and Room Schedules 162
Door Schedules 164
Furniture Schedules 172
Quantity Furniture Schedules 174
Furniture Schedules by Room 178
Sheet Lists 181
Schedule Checklist/Learning Exercises 182
Chapter 10 - Enlarged Plans and Details 183
Enlarged Plan Callouts 184
Enlarged RCP Callouts 186
Enlarged Elevation Callouts 187
Plan Details 188
Casework Details 192
Ceiling Details 196
Detail Component Families 200
Detail Checklist 201
Enlarged View Checklist 202
Learning Exercises 203
Chapter 11 - Advanced Modeling 207
Curtain Wall 212
Creating Families 216
Families: Creating Forms 218
Creating Furniture Families 224
Learning Exercises 228
Chapter 12 - Photorealistic Rendering 229
Photorealistic Materials 230
Painting Materials 236
Assigning Materials to Families 239
Render Quality 244
Render Lighting Schemes 245
Rendering Checklist 248
Learning Exercises 250
Basic Metric Conversions 264