Barrow, R. Larry
West, L. James
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science
College of Architecture, Art and Design
School of Architecture
Paralleling with development of computer technology, Computer-Aided Design (CAD) has been researched and introduced into industry since the 1960s. Until the mid-1980s, CAD means Computer-Aided Drafting in architectural field because the majority of practicing architects originally used computer as an electronic drafting tool to produce construction drawings. However, now computer 3D visualization technology as a design aided tool is impacting the architectural design process. In this research, a review of architectural representation in the early design phases is given. Additionally, a literature review of CAD development is presented as well. As a focus of this research, computer 3D visualization technology has been researched as a design aid. The emerging use of computer 3D visualization technology in some educational settings is also reviewed. Within this research, three Case Studies are presented to provide insights of how computer 3D visualization technology may impact architectural design process, design service quality, and client-architect?s relationship.
Jin, Jianying, "Computer 3D visualization technology: dynamic design representation tool in solving design and communication problems in the early phases of the architectural design process" (2003). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 1148.