The School has a full-time Coordinator of Computer Applications to manage and support both the students, staff and the faculty. The technician is responsible for maintaining the School’s computers, servers and printers. Students can also find help with configuring their own systems for connection to the FAU network and printing. Help can be found by stopping by during posted hours to room HEC 607A at the FAU Fort Lauderdale campus.

Studio Computers

The School of Architecture operates multiple studio spaces at the FAU Fort Lauderdale Campus. These are geared towards the program’s upper division studio courses and are located on the 6th ,7th and 8th floors of the FAU Higher Education Complex. Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, all SoA computers are located in HEC610 (Student Activity Center). SoA computers are connected to the HP LaserJet printer and HP Design Jet plotter in HEC610. In addition, the open computer lab located in HEC 611 is available for all FAU students during posted hours,. The lab provides printing services for all students and special printing and plotting for those students in the Architecture studio courses. SoA operates a studio space for the lower division at the FAU Boca Raton Campus. Each semester the studio computers undergo a maintenance cycle in which they are erased and restored with updated software.

Computer Hardware

All labs are equipped with the latest Dell precision desktop computers designed specifically for running architectural software and design packages.

Computer Software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud – Acrobat DC, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
  • AutoDesk – AutoCad, Revit
  • McNeel- Rhino
  • MecSoft – RhinoCam
  • Trimble – SketchUp
  • Office365 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Printing and Plotting

Students have access to two state of the art large format plotters and inkjet printers.

File Services

All FAU Students have access to Google Drive to store and share files.

Computing Recommendations

Hardware Recommendations

  • Intel Core i5 or higher (recommended) with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit installed
  • Intel Core i5 or higher Apple Computer with OS 10.8 or higher
  • 6 GB+ RAM minimum
  • 500 GB+ hard drive, 1 TB preferred. S.S.D or SATA
  • 8x double-layer (DVD ± R DL / DVD ± RW / CD-RW)
  • 256MB+ of video RAM (a separate graphics card not shared memory)
  • USB ports (3.0 version)
  • Minimum 100MB Ethernet port, 1GB Ethernet port recommended
  • Monitor – 21″ or larger (necessary for desktop, optional for laptop)
  • 802.11G,N,AC Wifi for laptops
  • Hardware warranty minimum two years
  • 500 Gb or 1 Terabyte Hard drive for backup
  • 32 or 64 Mb flash drive for data transfers

Software recommendations

  • Microsoft Office 2013 or later
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro or Free PDF Creation software
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Antivirus – Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, McAfee
  • AutoDesk Educational Products Free Download
  • SketchUp 2013
  • Google Earth
  • File transfer software- Dropbox, Box, Google Drive (FAU Student Account)