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Casey J Riske
ARCH 498
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Instructor-initiated and department-approved systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Topics vary and are announced in preceding quarter.

Class description

This course introduces students to Building Information Modeling through the use of Autodesk Revit and ancillary programs. Students will learn the fundamentals of working in Revit by developing a project, using both 3D parametric modeling and the 2D documentation skills essential to communicating ideas effectively in professional practice. Guest lectures will provide insight to how BIM is evolving practice from a variety of perspectives, and how collaborators interface with the model and each other.

Student learning goals

3D & parametric modeling from generic massing through building assemblies

2D documentation visual information management & basic design documents

BIM in practice Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and its effect on practice

BIM frontiers - Building performance & analysis tools

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The course will consist primarily of the development of a building model and documentation, along with homework assignments, midterm & final documents, and a short writing assignment. Homework assignments are designed to support the timely development of the primary project. The writing assignment is an opportunity for students to reflect on the major themes and issues surrounding the implication of BIM in education and practice as exhibited through course readings, lectures, and independent research.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Casey J Riske
Date: 06/27/2013