Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
Sing it with me:
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday Dear Revit.
Happy Birthday to You!
Yes, today is Revit’s birthday! The software we all love (and sometimes hate, let’s be honest) is twenty-two years old today. This day back in 1997, Revit was born when founders Leonid Raiz and Irwin Jungreis incorporated Charles River Software. The company was renamed as the Revit Technology Corporation in 2000, and the first version of the software was released on April 5 of that year. I actually have a copy of that first version here in my office. Autodesk acquired Revit in 2002 and the rest, as they say, is history.
So treat your Revit extra nice today and maybe take it out later tonight to celebrate. But don’t overdo it. You don’t want Revit throwing up these all day tomorrow. Alright, time to get to work. Here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Architects with Revit skills earn 9% more
Want to earn more? Bump up your Revit skills! That’s the finding in this article from Building Design. Architectural recruiting firm 9B Careers reports their annual salary survey, highlighting how Revit skills lead to increased earning potential in the UK. You’ll also learn how inflation and Brexit are contributing to stagnating pay as well as affecting the earnings gap between men and women in top positions. Lots to chew on here.
#2: Finding the Right Perspective
The right perspective is not only important in life, but it’s also a key communication tool when creating renderings. Dan Stine shares this informative walk-thru of the principles of perspective using Enscape. Whether you’re currently using Enscape or not, Dan has created a great visual tutorial worth taking a look at. Who knows, maybe it will help refresh your perspective regarding perspective. Great work, Dan!
#3: Architectural Sketching: Teaching a Skill and Building a Business
Archipreneur provides this highlight on the life and work of David Drazil, founder of “Sketch Like an Architect”. In the article, Drazil shows how in an increasingly digital world, the beauty of analog skills are more striking as ever and as a bonus, can create a thriving business as well.
#4: Does the Rise of Artificial Intelligence Mean Architects are Doomed?
Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz stirs the pot this week with his thoughts on the demise of the architect. Known for being a provocateur and for sparking controversy, Errazuriz definitely keeps it going with his recent predictions on how AI and machine learning will soon send architects on the search for new careers. What are your thoughts?
#5: The Origin Story of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Sean Joyner shares a fascinating read this week regarding the fortuitous back story of the largest and most influential architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and the men behind the company name. Great photos and an interesting stroll through history make this article a great break time read. Thanks Sean!
Question of the Week:
In honor of Revit’s birthday, I’m sharing my first Revit project from back in 2004. How about you? What was your first Revit project? How did it go? Was it a good experience or are you still working through the trauma? Click the link below to share your thoughts!
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.