Master of Architecture Technology Requirements



A 14” MacBook Pro or comparable Windows-based laptop computer is required. Please verify that your computer can adequately run the software listed below. If you are purchasing a MacBook Pro, we recommend that you do so through the KCAD Apple Store

Recommended hardware specifications for a Windows-based laptop:

  • Single- or Multi-Core Intel, Xeon, or i-Series processor or AMD equivalent with SSE2
  • 16 GB RAM
  • DirectX 11 capable graphics card with Shader Model 5 and a minimum of 4GB of video memory
  • 500 GB SSD Hard Drive

We also recommend that students purchase the following hardware accessories:

  • 22" - 27" external monitor
  • 1-2 Terabyte external hard drive for data backups
  • Adapter to connect to HDMI projectors
  • Mouse
  • Surge protector
  • Security locks for laptop and monitor


Following is a basic list. Students with specialized interests, such as video editing or urban/GIS/mapping may require additional software. KCAD has seats for Keyshot rendering and animation software.

  • Adobe Creative Suite - Design Standard CS6 or Creative Cloud subscription. See Creative Cloud student prices for more information.
  • AutoDesk Applications (AutoCAD, Revit), available for free to students.
  • Paralells (for 14” MacBook Pro users, to enable the use of Revit)
  • Rhino (with Grasshopper plugin)
  • Microsoft Office