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This page provides consolidated information and advice for School of Architecture students on the tools and methods available to continue their learning  remotely during the pandemic.

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Blackboard Learn  is the recommended learning management system by Syracuse University. Almost all courses use Blackboard.

Note:  Please review the guide below.

Zoom & Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

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 Access 

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 Desktop & ProE-mail us at
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


The RemoteLab service offers Architecture students access to lab computers in Slocum from any location on or off campus via an Internet connection. Remoting into the lab computer is like sitting in front of it even though you are at a different location. You will have access to all the Architecture lab software.

Digital Tools





Campus Supported


ZoomWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop AppCampus ( )YESHow-to
Collaborate UltraWeb conferencing, screen sharingWeb AppCampus ( )YESHow-to
Microsoft TeamsWeb conferencing, screen sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (
Adobe Acrobat Pro DCView, edit, annotate PDFsDesktop AppCampus (
ConceptboardVisual CollaborationWeb AppCampus (
Google SuiteOnline ProductivityWeb AppCampus (
Google DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (
One DriveFile-sharingDesktop/Web AppCampus (
KalturaVideo PlatformDesktop/Web AppCampus (
Premier RushVideo EditingDesktop AppCampus (
OBS StudioVideo StreamingDesktop App
WetransferFile-sharingWeb App
Modelo3D Model CollaborationWeb App

Technology Support

For everyone's safety, we will providing IT support as follows:

  • 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.

Need help purchasing a new laptop?

  • Students on financial aid who need to purchase computers for remote access because they do not have one may submit a Financial Aid Appeal to cover this cost.
  • Contact KC Woods, associate director of financial aid, at or (315) 443-1513 if you have questions.
  • Additional funds for Spring 2021 may be available by filling out a Syracuse Responds Application and CRRSAA Emergency Grant Application.

Laptop not working or out for repair?

  • Borrow a loaner laptop (up to 14 days) from Bird Library. Although you can't install software, the laptop can be used to reach the Architecture RemoteLab to use software there.

  • Visit an SU public computer lab, then remote into the Architecture RemoteLab.

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