New Book on Revit and Classical Architecture

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a personal interest (some might say obsession) with classical architecture. Nearly one year ago I published my first post on the subject where I disclosed my intention to publish a book on building classical architectural forms in Revit.

Well, I am happy to report that writing is well under way! I now have five full chapters complete. I just finished the chapter on the Tuscan column. There are five Roman orders. Tuscan is like a simplified and formalized Doric. The progression goes Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and then Composite.

Tuscan Column Capital

I am also very excited because this week I fly out speak at the second annual ┬áCentral States Revit Workshop in Omaha. I will be teaching several classes there, but the folks taking my lab called “Throw your Family a Curve” will get a sneak peak at some of the material from the book. In fact the handout for the class has become the major portion of Chapter 4. I posted a preview and some images last week here. Its not too late to sign up if you can make it Omaha this Thursday and Friday (August 15 & 16).

So far I have the following chapters written:

Ch01 – Introduction – describes the project, talks about source materials and goals, etc.

Ch02 – Quick introduction to the family editor. You really don’t need to have any family editor experience to use the book, but it will certainly help. This book is not going to be a comprehensive look at the family editor. (I hope to write that book later) It will however cover all of the basic skills required so that someone with no experience can still use the book.

Ch03 – Scaling and Proportion – There has been a lot of discussion on this topic around the blogisphere lately. This is my take. I explore all the issues with scaling and discuss the techniques we will use to create fully parametric and scalable Revit classical architecture families.

Schematic Column

Ch04 – Constraining Curves – this chapter covers how to make circles, ellipses, arcs and splines flex in the family editor without “blowing up.” If you have ever built a family with curved edges, you know that it can sometimes act erratically. This chapter is all about taming the curves so that the flex properly every time! I’ll cover quarter round, half round, roman arches, segmental arches, gothic arches, cyma, cyma reversa, ovolo, cavetto, corona and scotia moldings. We’ll make 3D forms from all of these. As noted above, folks at CSRW will get a sneak peek this week!

Ch05 – The Tuscan Order – Just finished this chapter. It got a little larger than I expected, so it covers the base, capital and pedestal. The shaft is similar across all of the orders, so I decided that I will devote a dedicated chapter to building the shaft and making it flexible for use in any of the orders.

Tuscan Pedestal

That’s what I have so far. Plenty more to do.

Tuscan Base

I will be writing at least one chapter on each of the Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders. I don’t plan to do Composite at this time. (My apologies in advance to the Composite fans out there). I also expect to have a coverage or dedicated chapters on level of detail, purging and managing file size, entablatures, intercolumniation, and maybe a few other bonus items.

Here is a round-up on previous posts on this subject:


Finally, you may be wondering, when the book will be ready? I still have plenty of work to do, but I plan to publish in advance of Autodesk University. So if you go to AU this year, ask me how you can get a copy! See you there.

5 Responses to New Book on Revit and Classical Architecture

  1. Cathal OByrne says:

    Paul, your tutorials on are really good and very helpful to someone like me who is trying to trains self using Revit. Look forward to reading your new book when it comes out.
    If not already covered reference planes would be good.



    • Paul F. Aubin says:

      Hello Cathal:

      Thank you for your comment. So glad you enjoyed the training. You should check out my family editor course at Chapter 3 covers reference planes as well as other places too. You should also check out Steve Stafford’s blog. He has a bunch of posts on reference planes. Just plug in “reference planes” in the search box on his site.

      The new book will discuss them and many other things as well.

      Thanks again.

  2. Helena Ryan-Scully says:

    Hi Paul,

    I would love to purchase your book upon publication…any problem shipping to Australia? I would love to have this book sooner rather than later, as college semester finishes in early November & I’m free to continue my Revit studies ’til college recommences in February, 2014.

    Yours sincerely,

    • Paul F. Aubin says:

      Hi Helena:

      I don’t think there will be any issues getting the book in Australia. It will be on Amazon, and other online outlets. I publish in a few weeks, so check back then and see, or shoot me an email to discuss.

      Thanks very much.

  3. Paul F. Aubin says:

    For those still following this post, this book is now available:

    Thank you.

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