A mid career architect who believes everyone has the right to live in a properly designed living space, while trying to create a environmentally friendly solution whenever possible. Architecture is truly a great profession, it's the combination between creativity and engineering and it is without a doubt what shapes the city.
I graduated in 2014 with a B.Sc in Architectural Engineering, right after getting my degree I traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates where I found my first job and been there ever since. In September 2018 I took a LEED GA and LEED AP BD+C course to understand the concepts of green building and how I can implement it in my designs.
Architecture is a profession that requires continues growth. Luckily, we live in an era where learning new skills couldn't be easier, weather that's a new program that'll support your design process or if it's learning to design a whole new category of buildings, you can always find what you're looking for and learn it on your own, as long as you have the passion for it.
No matter how far technology goes, old school pens and pincels are always an awesome choice for early stage concept design, and even later on when you want to do some altrations or add any extra details, and also during client meetings you're not gonna open AutoCAD in front of a client and work on it, I mean, come on! really!?
Free hand sketching, will always be the fastest way to showcase an idea, not to mention all you need is a pencil a piece of paper and your wiled imagination.
Perhaps only in the past couple of yours when Apple announced the iPad, that became a second tool I use for sketching, but it's sort of annoying carrying it around to work everyday
Probably the program I use the most is Revit, and for a good reason, if you have any idea about BIM and how easy it could make your life, you're never going back to CAD (believe me!). I mean, imagine after learning that you can just put a little more effort in creating the plan the first time you'll be able to get sections, elevations, details and better yet, on revisions they'll all be updated updated at a click of a button.
Not to mention the accuracy and proper coordination between your plans on top of each other and other declines of engineering, like MEP and structure. The last thing you want is a column in the middle of the master bedroom that you've been fantasizing furnishing.
Off course at some stage during your design you're gonna want to go to AutoCAD, weather that's at the beginning during the concept design stage, or at the very end when you're make some intensive detailing and just want a program that facilitates lines, hatches and things like that.
That all can be done on Revit for sure, if you got time deal and like to deal with the annoying detail line tool in there.
Rhino has that sweet spot between AutoCAD and 3Ds Max, you can draw lines with proper snap like AutoCad and produce good 3Ds easily like 3Ds Max. However, I think the main advantage for Rhino is the parametric design with Grasshopper, which am still trying to learn, it's only going to be useful in major high budget projects, not for your normal day to day houses or even all high rise buildings.
3D Studio Max
At some point of my life (I belive 4 years ago) I used to model, and render on 3Ds Max, but it tuned out that unless your modelling a custm design couch or a wired looking piece of furniture, Revit is your best tool for building the model and the plans. I use 3Ds Max for building an environment and rendering with V-Ray.
Photoshop is a great tool to edit your photos, add some information on a layout or or customize some images for a presentation. Off course it's much bigger than that, you can draw and even edit 3D objects in the recent versions of Photoshop, but I think for architects it's mainly used for post productions and minor photo adjustments.
Lightroom is like a simpler version of Photoshop, one that only has the necessary tools to edit a photo, like contrast colors and lighting (with a bunch more than that). But that's as far as it can go, you can't really draw or erase parts of a photo on it, it's really simple and fun to use.
Adobe Premier Pro
I have never needed to use premier pro in a professional purpose, I mainly use it to edit my videos before publishing them on YouTube. That's basically it, it's a great video editor, if you're into animation videos that'll definitely be an important program for you.
I use InDesign for organizing my portfolio work, or for creating mode boards and design presentations. Technically anything that requires organizing things on a piece of paper.
InDeisgn links any picture you add to it without importing it, that really helps make the file smooth and easy to work with, and it shows you a great preview of what your product is going to look like in the end. Weather that's a magazine with multiple columns and a complicated folding structure or just a simple piece of paper.