3 Software to Utilize for Architectural Visualization

From Henry Goss’ and Richard Keep’s Nairobi Tower design to Studio Ghibli’s “The Red Turtle”, 3ds Max is still seen as an essential tool for architectural visualization and animation. AutoDesk 3ds Max has been one of the top contenders for 3D artists throughout the years because of its versatility in features.

But a plethora of software exists in the market. And if some details need polishing, post-processing, texturing, and editing done to make designs look better, what else can you use?

Here are a few software that you can integrate together to design your projects.



A basic 3D software good for sketching concepts. SketchUp is useful for laying down ideas for bigger plans which is ideal for architecture and interior design students who are just starting out with 3D modeling or transitioning from traditional sketching.

Adobe Photoshop


Photoshop has become a verb nowadays regardless of what image editing software you’re using. That’s because Adobe has created one of the most vital programs for all kinds of artists. It’s great for post-processing, enhancing, texturing, and last-minute editing for your architectural designs.

Unreal Engine


Not exactly a 3D modeling software but it can be a handy tool for architectural visualization. Unreal is a game engine used to design, develop, and build video games. 3D artists now incorporate it into their pipeline to texture, light and compose scenes.

What You See and What You Use Matters

3D generalists are increasing fast and software development is prevalent in our times, so learning different types of programs can be helpful. Learn to utilize various software and assimilate the ones you feel comfortable with. Only then can you visualize your project better using all types of tools and work efficiently.

The devil is in the details when it comes to 3D modeling in architectural visualization. Learning which software to use takes a lot of time, effort, and patience.