Workspaces and Tools

Laptop requirement

Landscape Architecture requires all students to participate in the department's laptop program. This 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, but only upon approval.

CAD Lab: hardware

  • 15 CAD workstations, Windows 7
  • two HP DesignJet 1055CM Plus plotters (instructions)
  • HP 9040n LaserJet, black-and-white (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 with VGA connector, 1280x1024px maximum resolution
  • 3D printers

CAD Lab: software

  • 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 fabrication
    • digital fabrication technologies in the Architecture + Design division include: laser cutting, CNC milling + lathing, rapid prototyping, vacuum forming and more.

Additional facilities

  • model shop with hand and power tools for woodworking
  • gallery space