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Specifications for Student Computers

Laptop Requirements

Below are the laptop requirements for incoming students to the professional program after the Portfolio Review as students begin Studio I during the Fall semester of the Sophomore year.

Required Software:

  • MS Office
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6
  • SketchUp Pro 2013 (MSRP US $49 per year for students. See link for more information: http://sketchup.com/buy/education-licenses)
  • Different courses and studios may require additional software to be announced by instructors.

Technical Specifications:

Computer specifications for Architectural Studies are different from the rest of the College of Human Environmental Sciences. Please note this before making a purchase from TigerTech at MU Bookstore.

  • Windows 7 or Windows 8, 64bit
    • Please note that newer versions of some of the software used in our courses will run only on 64-bit Windows
  • Intel i7 Quad Core Processor
  • RAM minimum 8GB
  • Hard Drive minimum 320GB
  • Dedicated Video Card (GPU) minimum 1GB video RAM, 2GB recommended
    • Please note that many laptops have integrated graphics cards and we recommend laptops with dedicated video card
  • 32GB External Flash Drive
  • 320GB External Hard Drive for Data Back Up (Recommended)

If you have any further questions, contact Dr. Bimal Balakrishnan at balakrishnanb@missouri.edu.

Notes

  1. Architectural Studies laptop policy requires every student coming into the professional program after Portfolio review to own a laptop that meets the specifications listed above.
  2. Depending on the nature of the course, individual faculty may enforce the laptop policy and require use of laptop in class with necessary software.
  3. While we recommend Windows platform, many (not all, e.g. REVIT) commonly used software are available on the Mac platform. Students may use an Apple product as long as the computer meets the technical specifications listed above. For courses requiring software that runs only on Windows, install Windows on the Mac using Bootcamp.

student working in computer lab


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