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16 Jun 2021

What Are The Best Architectural Rendering Software?

What is the best architectural rendering software that will suit your business needs? We’ll give you a panoramic overview. 


Architectural technology has undergone a plethora of changes to offer the finest, most accurate designs to clients.

This has been especially true for architectural software since the advent of the digital era. For example, the introduction of 3D modeling to depict architecture has gained immense popularity.

What is the Role of the Most Popular Rendering Software?

Since architectural rendering software is in high demand, the market has numerous options. Hence, the challenge is to identify the best architectural rendering software that suits your business and/or project needs.

The top architectural software is an amalgamation of conventional craftsmanship and contemporary technology that results in accurate, attractive models.

The Best Architectural Rendering Software Available in the Market

Ultimately, the ‘best’ software is going to depend on your project requirements, budget, and resources. We’ll give you an overview of the most popular rendering software so you can make the best decision for your business.

  • Revit

    BIM (Building Information Modeling) is on the rise, and Autodesk Revit is tailored for it. Features include generative designs, parametric components, interoperability, and annotation, among others.

    Any changes in design are automatically updated in the model. This keeps documentation and design consistent, coordinated, and reliable.

    Revit creates information-rich models and brings all construction, engineering and architecture disciplines into a single modeling environment. The software is good for efficiency and cost savings, and is especially ideal for structural and MEP design.

    Companies that use Revit include Gensler and Michael Baker International.

    Pricing: $320/month, $2,545/year, or $6,870/three years


  • Archicad

    Archicad is a professional BIM solution that works on two platforms: Windows and macOS. There are no major differences between the two. It is an authoring design software that is known for being user-friendly. Generally, it is more popular in Europe and Australia than in North America.

    It may have the term “CAD” in it, but it is a BIM software. Indeed, some people consider it the “original” BIM software because it was the first one to skid into the market back in 1987.

    It is still among the strongest software for data-heavy models, and has the capacity to produce 2D and 3D geometrical designs. Furthermore, it has good OpenBIM/IFC support.

    Pricing: $240/month or $1,800/year for Archicad Solo Version. $280/month or $2,250/year for Archicad Full Version.

  • Maya

    Another product by Autodesk, Maya is ideal for 3D computer animation, simulation, modeling and rendering. It enables users to create complex characters, worlds, and effects.

    Some of Maya’s handiest features include auto-rigging, fluid effects and the hypershade tool. It has a robust and integrated CG Pipeline core, which can handle any 3D designs.

    However, it does have a steep learning curve, and the user interface can be complicated for a beginner. Furthermore, while it can be used for architecture, it is most known for films (such as “Spiderman 2002” and “Lord of the Rings: Two Towers”) and game development (such as “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops III”).

    Companies that have used or currently use Maya include Blue Sky Studios and the Moving Picture Company.

    Pricing: $215/month, $1,700/year, or $4,590/three years

  • SketchUp

    SketchUp is the most popular 3D design and modeling tool worldwide. Some of its most attractive and useful products are LayOut, SketchUp Viewer and 3D Warehouse.

    It enables you to render everything from treehouses to energy-efficient buildings. Since it is both robust and intuitive, it is a great choice for professionals and beginners alike. The broad suite of tools within the program enhances creative concepts and workflows.

    Companies that currently use SketchUp include Wayfair, AECOM and Sanford Health.

    Pricing: It has various plans, but for professionals, it is $119/year, $299/year or $1,199/year.

  • Rhino 3D

    Rhino is one of the best 3D rendering software.

    It is among the most versatile platforms that make use of the Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines or NURBS to use 3D geometry with mathematical representation. This means, basically, that it produces precise curves.

    Rhino is set apart by its ability to host many computation design tools. Furthermore, it has impressive licensing, contains a vast collection of plug-ins, offers great value for money, and can create just about anything. It is also easy to use.

    While it is one of the best 3D software for architectural visualization, it is a heavy software and is not a standalone product. That is, you might be required to install other tools such as Grasshopper 3D, particularly for parametric modeling.

    Pricing: $995

  • Lumion

    Lumion is a user-friendly tool that packs some powerful punches. It allows you to quickly turn 3D models into photorealistic images and/or immersive videos.

    With Lumion, you can speed up design development with LiveSync. It contains over 6,300 objects and 1,250 materials in its library, and over 60 cinematic and atmospheric effects.

    Furthermore, you can offer your clients a real-time VR experience with 360 panoramas that can be viewed with VR goggles.

    Pricing: $1,815.59 for Lumion USD 1816, and $3,632.39 for Lumion PRO USD 3633


Ultimately, you should always do your own research to determine the best architectural rendering software for your needs. Architectural rendering and visualization evolve frequently, and the software that is popular now might not be in another year.

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We offer 3D rendering services for both exteriors and interiors, and cater to homebuilders, real estate developers, large architectural and engineering companies, and custom home designers.

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