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SketchUp Training | Complete Guide to SketchUp & Vray

A course by Radu Fulgheci, Senior Architect at world-renowned practice BDP.
10 lessons packed with tutorials on both SketchUp & Vray. You’ll not only learn how to render stunning CGIs using the Vray plugin, but this series of lessons also teaches you how to model properly using SketchUp. The modelling process is optimised for high-end rendering, and our subject is the famous Eames House.

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About this course

The digital canvas of today’s architectural world is intricate, blending precision modelling with lifelike rendering. In this rich tapestry, SketchUp and Vray emerge as twin stars, illuminating the potential of architectural visualization. Welcome to ArchAdemia’s definitive SketchUp training, a course meticulously designed to take you from the basics of SketchUp to the advanced rendering techniques of Vray.

The journey of creating a compelling architectural visualization begins with mastering the art of digital modelling. And what better platform to commence this journey than SketchUp? If you’ve ever wondered, “Where can I find an Online SketchUp course?” or “Is there a comprehensive SketchUp course near me?” – ArchAdemia answers your call. Our course is more than just tutorials; it’s a deep dive into the world of modelling, tailored for rendering perfection.

We’ve enriched this course with 10 captivating lessons, each brimming with insights. Our Sketchup training videos, accessible on our YouTube channel, are thoughtfully crafted, allowing learners to visualize and replicate. For those hungry for structured, in-depth learning, our SketchUp training course stands unmatched. Dive into the nuances of SketchUp, understand its tools, and unravel techniques that cater to high-end rendering. And as we proceed, the famed Eames House serves as our muse, bridging the gap between learning and real-world application.

But modelling is just one side of the coin. The other? Rendering. Vray, with its powerful capabilities, can transform a model into a lifelike visualization, turning concepts into tangible visions. As part of our comprehensive training, the Vray course integrated into our curriculum introduces you to the magic of rendering. Learn to play with light, textures, and perspectives, and bring your architectural designs to life.

In your quest for the Best SketchUp course, ArchAdemia promises more than just knowledge; we offer a journey. And if you’re tentative about taking the first step, our YouTube channel offers a Free SketchUp course, providing a sneak peek into what lies ahead.

The industry respects credentials. Completing a SketchUp course certificate from ArchAdemia is not only a reflection of your skills but a testament to your dedication and passion for architectural visualization.

In conclusion, the realms of modelling and rendering are vast, but with ArchAdemia’s SketchUp and Vray training, they’re within grasp. Whether you’re a beginner eager to learn or a professional aiming to enhance your skills, our course is tailored for all. Delve into the world of SketchUp & Vray with ArchAdemia, and watch your architectural visions come alive.

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Lesson 1 – Introduction (38:26). This lesson gets you started with importing drawings & modelling the iconic Eames House using SketchUp.

Lesson 2 – Modelling Basics (30:42). This continues on the previous lesson by working up the exterior model & working through some of the basic modelling tools in SketchUp.

Lesson 3 – Adding detail to your model (1:15:19). By the end of this lesson, you’ll have a complete, detailed model of the exterior of the building. More tools are explored to help speed up your workflow also.

Lesson 4 – Modelling the interior (1:33:17). Here we dive deep into best practices for modelling interiors using a range of our recommended plugins to improve your modelling efficiency.

Lesson 5 – Adding Objects (52:56). To finalise your modelling process, you need to insert a range of assets & objects to make the whole thing feel more realistic & believable. This lesson explores our recommended approach.

Lesson 6 – Modelling the site & context (55:55). To conclude the modelling element we demonstrate how to model the site’s landform & position it in relation to world co-ordinates for accurate data on things like sun light & elevation.

Lesson 7 – Materials (1:23:32). Diving into Vray, we explain how to utilise Vray materials within the plugin for SketchUp.

Lesson 8 – Lighting (33:32). Next up is how to use lighting within Vray & use SketchUp’s sun position in conjunction to light your whole scene in a range of ways.

Lesson 9 – Rendering (50:59). Before rendering your image you need to understand Vray’s render settings & it’s capabilities, which are all covered in this lesson.

Lesson 10 – Post Production (43:18). To round off the course we go into two forms of post-production using both Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom. These methods will maximise the quality of your final render for issue.

The project you'll be working on.

Eames House by Charles and Ray Eames

It’s not just about the software, but also taking you on a journey through an iconic piece of architecture. That’s what makes ArchAdemia unique to other course providers.

“Originally known as Case Study House No. 8, the Eames House was such a spatially pleasant modern residence that it became the home of the architects themselves. Charles and Ray Eames began designing the house in 1945 for the Case Study House Program in Los Angeles’ Arts and Architecture Magazine published and built these case study homes that had to focus on the use of new materials and technologies developed during World War II. The intention was for the house to be made of prefabricated materials that would not interrupt the site, be easy to build, and exhibit a modern style.”

Meet your tutor - Radu Fulgheci | Architect | BDP

Hi, I’m Radu. I’m an architect with over ten years of experience using many architectural design and modelling applications, for both professional and academic purposes. Working on challenging, high-profile projects, and international competitions, I’ve continually sought ways to optimise my workflow, from single to multiple applications, in order to achieve the best results in the shortest time. I believe in constant learning, so regardless of what knowledge level you may be, there is always something new that can help you improve. I want to teach you how to do the same.

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We’re the only architectural educator that teaches all aspects of what an architect goes through each day, through architecture courses, one-off lessons, podcasts and mentoring. We have to know and deal with a lot; concept design, technical design, graphics, construction, dealing with clients & consultants etc. Our platform gives insight into all of these areas and more through a range of mediums such as; online classes, one-to-one coaching, podcasts and downloadable resources.

We have two forms of membership, monthly and annual. Both can be cancelled at any time with no contractual obligations. Both include all course content that exists today and any future instalments, access to our community forum and monthly bonuses. Annual members benefit from two extra perks; the ability to contact us directly anytime to help with day to day issues, often resulting in a video call support session, and free access to all downloadable resources (currently worth £300 total).

Monthly memberships are £15 per month and our annual membership is £79 paid per year. Head over to our pricing page to find out exactly what’s included with each. FYI – both memberships auto-renew.

Our teaching style is relaxed and specific to the needs of an architect or similar construction industry designer. All of our premium courses are centred around an iconic piece of architecture, which provides a dual benefit of learning the software and diving deeper into exceptional pieces of design.
You can watch your lessons on a desktop, maybe with a split screen or you can consume our content via mobile utilising two options. The first option is simply viewing our mobile optimised website, where the second is to download the Kajabi app and use the credentials you made with us to login and view your lessons anytime and anywhere!
Joining us is easy, simply scroll to the top of our home page and start by hitting the button in the top banner. We also have a handful of other buttons positioned around our site. Head over to the pricing page to find a detailed breakdown of what’s included.

Once you’ve created your account you’ll be taken to the members area. There, you have easy access to your account information, where you’ll receive instructions on how to cancel if you wish to do so.

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