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Zoom and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (integrated with Blackboard) are the two popular web conference tools used by many at Syracuse University. Please ask your professor which platform they are using for your class.

Note:   Please review the guides below.



Conceptboard is a virtual whiteboard tookit. It is the recommended online visual collaboration platform by the School of Architecture. Conceptboard allows students and faculty to mark up files, participate in online pin-ups and reviews, and collaborate on design. It can be used for project brain storming and for conducting design workshops. The platform's collaboration features include live pointers, a moderator mode, and allow users to easily share boards with external guests and critics. This platform also features over 100 templates to kickstart the collaborative process.

Architecture Software



To help with continuing your course work and projects, many Architecture software programs in the labs are available for installation on your own computer as needed. Please review the list below on how to access particular software. Software requirements by year are available on the School website.

Please see the hardware page for detailed computer recommendations.To use V-Ray with Rhino on your computer, make sure you first have the VPN running (Windows or Mac), as V-Ray can’t reach the campus license server without the VPN. 


Where to obtain



Adobe Creative Cloud
ArcGIS Pro
Autodesk (AutoCAD Architecture, Maya, Revit, etc.)
Cinema 4D$3
Climate Consultant
ClimateStudio for Rhino

DIVA for Rhino

No longer available; evolved into ClimateStudio.WinFree
Grasshopper for RhinoIncluded with Rhino.WinFree
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Windows (for use with Boot Camp)
Rhino 7$99
Rhino pluginsAll free: Paneling ToolsSection ToolsWeaverbirdFireflyHoneybee+Ladybug, Kangaroo, Human+TreefrogTT ToolboxUMIWinFree
Unreal Engine
V-Ray for RhinoDownload from the G drive using VPN (Windows or Mac) (G:\Student Resources\Software). See installation instructions.WinFree


  • Submit all requests/emergencies via email to Architecture IT support at
  • We will coordinate with you to provide remote support or make equipment drop-off arrangements.
  • If your issue is urgent, please check your email frequently for our reply.We are not providing walk up service or answering office door knocks during this time.

Online learning is dependent on individual computer set up, speed of one’s internet connection and location. Wherever possible, students are advised to use a stable, high-speed internet connection.