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Tom Kaneko Design & Architecture: Sketch, Design / Build in Practice

Tom Kaneko is an architectural designer specializing in bespoke residential retrofits, delivering value to clients on schedule and on budget.

studioJDK: An arch-viz story

Ideas. Where do we get them? Studio JDK shares the creative process driving their design for The Children's Museum of St. Augustine.

Leers Weinzapfel Associates: On Collaboration, Sustainable Buildings, and Timber Structures

Leers Weinzapfel Associates is a Boston-based, award-winning practice specializing in architecture, urban design, and infrastructure projects.

Arquitectura Fantástica: SketchUp as School of the Mind

What happens when you mix old school architectural methodologies with new school modeling? Students at the University of Navarra have created some spaces via complex, collaborative modeling.

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.

Our friend, Steve Oles

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

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
    dantyree.com
  • 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
    Architect
  • 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

  • Find a 3D model of anything

    Need a chair for the room you’re designing? A lamp for your carriage house? A rhino for your zoo? Find it all in 3D Warehouse, the world’s biggest library of free 3D models.

    Turn models into documents

    Eventually, 3D models grow up to become professional 2D drawing sets. LayOut in SketchUp Pro helps you document and detail your models, and create drawings you’ll be proud of.

    Customize your SketchUp

    SketchUp extensions are add-on tools built to solve the kind of 3D modeling problems that might otherwise leave you scratching your head. And there are hundreds of them for you to explore.