Computer Requirements | Interior Architecture

Computer Requirements

A computer is required for Interior Architecture students. Below are the recommended specs suggested to look for in a Windows (PC) computer:


Minimum Performance High Performance
  • Intel i7- Quad-Core 
  • Intel i7- 6 or 8 core
  • Intel i9- 6 or 8 core
  • Xeon Quad Core 
RAM 16gb 32gb
Storage 256gb(+) SolidState 512gb(+) SolidState
Graphics Card Dedicated GPU 4GB (examples below): 

  • NVIDIA GTX 1660/1070
  • NVIDIA RTX 2060
Dedicated GPU 6-8GB (examples below): 

  • NVIDIA GTX 1080
  • NVIDIA RTX 2070/2080
  • NVIDIA Quadro RTX


Below are some popular models that should be customizable to include recommended configurations. However, models often change and include updated model numbers :

  • Dell Precision 3xxx / 5xxx / 7xxx
  • Dell XPS 15 / 17
  • HP ZBook G5 / G6
  • Lenovo P1 Gen2
  • Microsoft Surface Book 3
  • MSI Creator / Workstation
  • Apple MacBook Pro 16” (will need to install/run Windows using Apple Boot Camp)

Software + Related Expenditures:

Students can choose to wait and make software purchases on an as-needed basis. Each class will notify you of any needed/required software at the beginning of the semester. We also try to inform students of possible discounts and if the purchase will be required or recommended.


Vender Software Program Cost
Microsoft MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) Free (
Adobe Creative Cloud $19.99/ month (1st year)
$29.99/ month (after that)
Trimble Buildings SketchUp Pro $55/year
Autodesk AutoCAD Free
Enscape 3D Enscape Free (see instructor)


AGi32 Free (see instructor)
McNeel Rhino 3d $195 (one-time) Basic subscription $25.00/month-to-month or $239.88/year


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