SketchUp for Architecture

  • Nick Sonder: From Concept to Construction Drawings in SketchUp Pro

    From stunning elevations to interior and exterior detailing, Nick Sonder uses SketchUp Pro and LayOut to get construction documents done, and done right.

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  • Our friend, Steve Oles

    Who says software applications don’t have friends? Meet our long time pal and source of inspiration, Steve Oles.

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  • Inside the mind of Joshua Cohen and Fat Pencil Studio

    Take a glimpse into the mind of technical illustrator Joshua Cohen and learn how SketchUp allows him to realize his three dimensional thought process.

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  • A conversation with Allied Works

    Interdisciplinary architecture and design practice, Allied Works, operates from offices in New York City and Portland.
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Make everything easier

No one wants to waste time learning complicated computer programs. SketchUp is hands-down the most intuitive, not to mention powerful, easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool on the planet. If you want to be productive within a couple of hours, you’ve come to the right place.

    • Get good, fast

      No one wants to waste time learning complicated software. SketchUp Pro is hands-down the most intuitive and easy-to-learn 3D drawing tool on the planet.

    • Think by drawing in 3D

      We designed SketchUp to behave like an extension of your hand. The idea is to get out of your way so that you can draw whatever you want, however you want.

    • Iterate quickly through design ideas

      We love how architects use layers and layers of tracing paper to develop and improve their ideas. Similarly, SketchUp was born to be simple to let you iterate.

    • Produce scaled, accurate 2D drawings

      SketchUp isn’t just for 3D models. Draw plans, elevations, details, title blocks and other graphics with LayOut. When your model changes, so does your document. Simple.

    • Generate presentation documents

      SketchUp Pro includes LayOut, an incredibly powerful tool with features for page layout, drafting, vector illustration and slide presentations.

    • Create compelling visualizations and walkthroughs

      Use SketchUp Pro to turn your models into animated walkthroughs and flyovers that explain every detail of your design.

Don't take our word for it...

  • "I started using Sketchup Pro as a solution for presentations. I quickly realized that LayOut would allow me to completely eliminate my CAD program—I could create construction documents directly from the presentation model."
    - Dan Tyree
  • "Our design process is very iteration-heavy. The reason we use SketchUp is because we can do so many iterations so quickly."
    - Brent Linden
    Allied Works
  • "I have really based my practice – for years now – around SketchUp. Once you get rid of the thought that it’s going to work like AutoCAD, you realize, 'Thank God it doesn’t work like that. It works like SketchUp should.'"
    - Nicholas Sonder
  • "SketchUp Pro is a major part of how we design and it often empowers our clients to get their hands dirty by downloading models, exploring, and trying out layouts or different types of furniture."
    - James Homer
    10K Design

Simple is Powerful