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Top 10 architectural apps every aspiring architect should have

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Imagine you have been called by your client who wants a certain aspect of a design changed but you are away for an assignment. What would you do?

Regardless of where you are, you should be able to access your project designs conveniently on your smart phone. Here are the most compelling architectural apps every aspiring architect should have:

Magic Plan

Magicplan lets you create floor plans simply with a smartphone or tablet.It also computes complete job costings and calculates all your required construction materials on site. This app also generate reports with allowing you to organize your data within minutes. After exporting the plan all data will be structured on the different floor plan levels of your export. Available for download on iOS.

iRhino 3D

This app shows designs and ideas in 3-D. It allows you to pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger. The handy navigator lets you scroll through thumbnails, so you can quickly jump to any model you want. Using iRhino 3D you can also save images for markup and emailing. Available for download on iOS.


Paper is one of top architectural apps .It won the Having won Apple’s App of the Year and been given the 2012 Apple Design Award. It has five tools and a blank canvas, coupled with as many virtual sketchbooks as you want. Available for download on iOS.


Sketchbook allows you create quick drawings and images on your mobile device—which you can then save and refine later on your desktop. It is available on iOS/Android.

AutoCAD 360

AutoCAD® mobile app is a 2D drawing and drafting tool that lets you view, create, edit, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile devices—anytime, anywhere. It is available on iOS and android.


Houzz is actually a website and online community about architecture, interior design and decorating, landscape design and home improvement.

The app has millions of photos of interiors and exteriors. The App allows you to save images, visualize your finished product, and contact other professionals. It is available on iOS and android.


This free app is available for Apple and Android devices. You can log hours, submit experience reports to supervisors, review your progress, and more. It is available on iOS and android.

Morpholio Trace

Trace combines the beauty and speed of sketching with the intelligence and precision of CAD. This award winning app is a must have for architects. It is available on iOS.

Concept Idea Calculator

This architectural app allows accurate structural dimensions in the early stages of the design process.uses typical span-to-depth ratios for common steel, concrete and wood members to give you a quick overview of what dimensions a certain structural idea will require. It also includes project photos to give users an idea of how certain materials will be expressed in built form. It is available on iOS.

Graphisoft BIMx

Multi-award winning BIMx features the Hyper-model, a unique technology for integrated 2D and 3D building project navigation. BIMx helps bridge the gap between the design studio and the construction site. It is available on iOS.

See also:Here are top architectural design software an architect should master

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