Revit Architecture 2020
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 2020 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 2020’s user interface improvements.
Improved instruction on construction plans and furniture plans.
New instruction on creating presentation plans, finish plans, and demolition plans.
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 10 introduce advanced Revit concepts like modeling custom families.
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
Chapters 2–3 introduce you to drawing tools in Revit. Understanding how to use each of the tools 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 4–10 emphasize drawing for design presentations. Floor plans, finish plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations, and perspectives are reviewed throughout this section of the textbook. By combining these presentation drawings skills with the foundation drawing skills acquired earlier in the book, you will be prepared to create drawings that visually communicate your design ideas.
Chapters 11–14 cover construction documents in Revit, ending with organized sheet sets. Construction drawing types include construction plans, demolition plans, furniture plans, finish plans, and reflected ceiling plans. Additional topics include schedules, enlarged plans, 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.
Chapter 1, Introducing Revit Architecture
Building Information Modeling, 4
Installing Revit, page 6
Revit Project Files, 12
Revit User Interface, 14
Arranging Views, 18
Chapter 2, Floor Plan Basics
Floor Plans, 20
Drawing Walls, 21
Drawing Doors and Windows, 28
Door Families, 32
Drawing Furniture, 34
Architectural Scale/North Arrow, 38
Linking AutoCAD Drawings, 39
Textbook Learning Exercises, 46
Chapter 3, Multi-level Buildings
Building Levels, 48
Column Grid Lines, 52
Learning Exercises, 58
Chapter 4, Presentation Plans
Presentation Plans, 62
Color Fill Room Legend, 64
Floor Finish Legend, 66
Room Area Schedules, 68
Curtain Wall, 74
Learning Exercises, 78
Chapter 5, Reflected Ceiling Plans
Light Fixtures, 88
Ceiling Tags, 91
View Range, 92
Advanced Ceilings, 94
Ceiling Symbols, 97
Learning Exercises, 98
Chapter 6, Perspective and Isometric Drawings
Perspective Views, 102
Isometric 3D Views, 104
Visual Styles, 106
Naming Views, 108
3D Drawing Checklist/Learning Exercises, 109
Chapter 7, Photorealistic Rendering
Photorealistic Materials, 112
Painting Materials, 118
Assigning Materials to Families, 121
Render Quality, 126
Render Lighting Schemes, 127
Rendering Checklist, 130
Learning Exercises, 132
Chapter 8, Elevations and Sections
Interior Elevations, 136
Annotating Interior Elevations, 140
Building Elevations, 144
Building Sections, 146
Interior Elevation Checklist, 149
Building Elevation Checklist, 150
Building Section Checklist, 151
Learning Exercises, 152
Chapter 9, Roofs and Site Plans
Sloped Roofs, 154
Flat Roofs, 156
Site Topography, 159
Site Components and Trees, 162
Site Plan Checklist/Learning Exercises, 166
Chapter 10, Advanced Modeling
Creating Families, 168
Families: Creating Forms, 170
Creating Furniture Families, 176
Exporting Drawings to CAD, 180
Exporting Drawings to SketchUp, 182
Importing to SketchUp, 183
Learning Exercises, 184
Chapter 11, Construction Plans
Construction Plans, 188
Dimensioning Construction Plans, 191
Project Phasing, 194
Phasing Existing Conditions Plans, 195
Phasing Demolition Plans, 196
Phasing New Construction Plans, 197
Door Schedules, 198
Construction Plan Checklist, 206
Learning Exercises, 208
Chapter 12, Furniture and Finish Plans
Furniture Plans, 210
Furniture Schedules, 212
Quantity Furniture Schedules, 214
Furniture Schedules by Room, 218
Furniture Family Categories, 221
Finish Plans, 222
Room Finish Schedules, 224
Furniture Plan/Schedule Checklist, 232
Finish Plan/Schedule Checklist, 233
Learning Exercises, 234
Chapter 13, Reflected Ceiling Plans
Construction Reflected Ceiling Plans (RCPs), 236
Ceiling Plan Legends, 238
Lighting Fixture Schedules, 240
Dimensioning Ceiling Plans, 242
Reflected Ceiling Plan (RCP) Checklist, 244
Learning Exercises, 246
Chapter 14, Enlarged Plans and Details
Enlarged Plan Callouts, 248
Enlarged RCP Callouts, 250
Enlarged Elevation Callouts, 251
Plan Details, 252
Casework Details, 256
Ceiling Details, 260
Detail Component Families, 264
Detail Checklist, 265
Enlarged View Checklist, 266
Learning Exercises, 267
Chapter 15, Sheets and Printing
Creating Sheets, 270
Sheet Lists, 274
Adding Views to Sheets, 276
Customizing Title Blocks, 278
Printing Sheets and Views, 280
Printing PDFs, 282
Learning Exercises, 284
Basic Metric Conversions, 295
Keyboard Shortcuts, 296