Software Access for Graduate Students
Landscape architecture and environmental planning are best accomplished using many different resources. As a graduate student within the LAEP Department, you will be expected to become proficient in the Adobe Suite, CAD, Rhino, GIS, and as applicable, R. The majority of these softwares are available for free or at a discounted rate for university students. Below are links to available software downloads:
- Download Adobe Creative Cloud
- Download AutoCAD
- Download Revit
- Dowload SketchUp
- Download SPSS, Tableau, Mathcad and other softwares
To ensure the above programs work on graduate student computers, the LAEP Department has the following computer policy:
All graduate students admitted into an LAEP program must have their own laptop. This laptop is required to be able to run Microsoft® Windows® 7(or higher versions) x 64. The laptop must have 8 GB RAM, a DVD ROM drive, and it is recommended students have a laptop with an Intel® Core i5 or higher processor. A solid state hard drive is also recommended.
For students with a MAC, you will need to purchase additional software so you can run Windows and be able to interact with GIS.
To assist students in their projects, the following tools have been placed within the department studios:
Individual Student Workstations
At the beginning of the school year, this equipment will be checked out to you, and it will be your responsibility to keep track of the equipment and keep it in good condition. If any issue should arise with the equipment, please contact a member of the front office staff immediately.
While it is the students responsibility to provide their own laptop, these studio space amenities are provided by the department to enhance student's learning ability, and facilitate a professional, working environment.
The Maker Space
To ensure the equipment runs properly, do not try and print remotely to any of the printers. Also, only use the computers within the Maker Space to print. Do not use the Maker Space computers to edit or create documents. If there is an issue with any piece of equipment, please contact a member of the front office staff, and do not try to repair or fix any machine yourself.
Studio Rendering Stations
Please be curteous as you use these rendering stations, and do not monopolize these student resources.
Mobile Studio Computers
Nine Mobile Studio Rendering Stations are available in the Sophomore Studio (FAV 212) cabinet. Please contact a member of the front office staff for the code to the cabinet. These computers feature WiFi connectivity, graphics cards suitable for rendering, and upgraded system memory. The available software on the computers is AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Creative Suite, GIS Pro, Microsoft Office, and Lumion 9.
Department policy for use of these computers is:
To use one of the Mobile Studio Rendering Stations, please take one from the cabinet to your desk where you can use the monitor and keyboard/mouse at your desk. As a courtesy, please do not use the computer for longer than 4 hours before returning it to the cabinet for others to use. With only nine computers available, presently, please be courteous and do not monopolize one. The computers are not to leave the building, nor are they to remain at your desks overnight/unoccupied. Please do not print from the computers by attaching them directly to the plotters or other peripherals found in the Maker Space. Should you require technical support for a hardware or software malfunction, contact someone in the front office.
IMPORTANT - The computers are in a frozen state to maintain their software integrity, which means that any data you wish to be preserved when the machine reboots must be stored on the Data drive.
Virtual Reality and the VIVID Lab
Please contact one of these professors if you're interested in working with virtual reality, spatial awareness or drones. These professors will guide you in the use of necessary equipment.