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Introduction to Architecture Online: Hardware Specifications and Software Installation Instructions


Cooper Union E-Mail

Students in the program will receive a temporary Cooper Union email address after you register for the Summer Program. Please use this email to communicate with your instructor and TAs for the duration of the program. It is also recommended that you use Cooper email when purchasing or downloading free software.

Hardware Specifications

Most software used in the School of Architecture Summer Program can run on either Mac or Windows Operating Systems. However, Rhino 6 for Windows has far wider plugin support than Rhino 6 for Mac and is therefore the preferred operating system of most faculty and students. Windows 10 can be run on Apple laptops with the right specifications.

Apple Laptop Specifications
  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications

Operating System

macOS v10.13 or later Mac OS v10.15.x (Catalina) or Mac OS v10.14.6 (Mojave)

Processor

Intel Core i5 CPU Intel Core i7 or i9 CPU

Memory

8 GB of RAM

16 or 32+ GB RAM

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM 4GB of GPU VRAM

Storage

256 GB SSD 512+ GB SSD
Monitor Resolution

 

1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or greater
Windows Laptop Specifications
  Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1803 or later

Processor

Intel Core i5 CPU or AMD Ryzen 5 3000 series Intel Core i7 (or greater) CPU or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 4000 series

Memory

8 GB of RAM

16 or 32+ GB RAM

GPU

2GB of GPU VRAM 4+ GB of GPU VRAM

Storage

256 GB SSD 512+ GB SSD
Monitor Resolution

 

1366 x 768 1920 x 1080 or greater

Required Accessories

  • Webcam or on-board camera
  • Headphones/Mic
  • Multi-button Mouse with scroll wheel

Software Offerings

  • MS Office 365 (A1 License): provided with a Cooper Union Email address and MS Teams; students are recommended to download and set up this account first at start of the course). [Download Here]
  • Adobe CC License: 2 months for $19.99/month; see installation instructions below. [Download Here]
  • Rhino: 90 Day Trial; see installation instructions below. For Windows users [download here]. For Mac users [download here].
  • Zoom: Free student license. [Download Here]
  • Cura: Free software for 3-D printing. [Download Here]

Basic Software Tutorials

Students are advised to become familiar with the following platforms to prepare for class instruction and interaction:

How to Install the Software

RHINO

  1. Follow the appropriate download link depending on whether you are using a Mac [download here] or a PC [download here].
  2. Enter your Cooper Union email address and press "next".
  3. Press "download".
    • On a Mac: find the DMG installer in your browser's "Downloads" folder and double-click the installer icon. This will require your local Administrator password. 
    • On a PC: find the installer in the "Downloads" folder and run it.
  4. Open Rhino and, once open, it will prompt an update, if needed.

ADOBE CC

In order to get an educational discount, we advise that you procure a Cooper Union e-mail address prior to subscribing for an Adobe CC License.

  1. Follow the download link.
  2. Purchase the Annual Plan, paid monthly at $19.99/month and cancelled at any time.*
  3. Your Adobe Username will be your Cooper Union e-mail address.
  4. Sign in to creativecloud.adobe.com/apps
  5. Download the Adobe Apps needed.

*Summer Program students will need to cancel their Adobe CC subscription at the end of the program through their Adobe Account page. If they do not cancel, Adobe will continue to bill them monthly.

Optional 3-D Printer and Filament

For students who are interested in purchasing a relatively affordable 3-D printer for physical model fabrication, this is an option. The aforementioned 3-D printer utilizes PLA filament which can be purchased here. White or black filament colors are recommended.

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