Laptop Requirement

All students entering Landscape Architecture are required to participate in the department’s laptop program, which includes the purchase of hardware, a software package, insurance and upgrades (as specified in the department’s Laptop Program Requirements and Policy Guidelines). Institutional technical support for student laptops is available with this program. Students entering RISD with current hardware may participate in the RISD software program only upon approval.



  • 15 CAD workstations, Windows 7
  • 2 HP DesignJet 1055CM Plus plotters (instructions)
  • HP 9040n LaserJet, B+W (8.5x11", 11x17"), no duplex
  • Xerox 7760GX LaserJet, color (8.5x11", 11x17"), duplex
  • Epson Perfection V500 8.5x11", color
  • Contex SD4450 44" wide-format, color (instructions)
  • Ceiling mounted Projector. VGA connector, 1280x1024 max. resolution


  • AutoCAD 2011
  • Revit 2011
  • 3D Max Design 2011
  • Rhinoceros 4/Flamingo 1·1 with V-Ray
  • Mastercam X4
  • Autodesk Max Design
  • ArcView GIS 9.2
  • Adobe Creative Suite 5
  • Ecotect 2011
  • Office 2011
  • Google Earth 5

Digital fabricationDigital fabrication technologies in the Division of Architecture + Design include: laser cutting, CNC milling + lathing, rapi prototyping, vacuum forming and more. 

Additional Facilities 

  • Model shop with hand and power tools for woodworking
  • Gallery space 




Landscape Architecture Foreground Image 4
Laurencia Strauss, hybrid drawing