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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Recommended Studio Computers
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018

APDesign faculty, students, and IT staff review these computing recommendations annually to ensure recommended computing systems and software meet curriculum requirements.

APDesign works closely with Dell and the K-State Union Computer Store to ensure systems are negotiated for best value while maintaining dependable quality and performance that meet our expectation of excellence. We recommend Dell Precision Workstations because of 24/7 technical support, on-site warranty service, and industry certifications from Adobe, Autodesk, and ESRI.

APDesign does not support or endorse Apple, Mac OS X, Virtual PC, or Parallels for studio work. Additionally we do not advise purchasing or building a PC that doesn't match Dell's service and support. Students who deviate from the recommendation should carefully consider the risk of not being able to meet studio work load.

Please select your program of study to review the recommended hardware specifications. Additional instruction may be found in the Technology Preparation and Setup Course on KSOL.

  • Environmental Design
    First year students in APDesign will not need a computer in studio. It is not advised to purchase your studio computer until required in the 2nd year. All students have access to university and college computing labs. This link will take you to the K-State buying recommendations for general studies. 

  • Architecture 
    Students will need to purchase a computer for studio before beginning the 2nd semester of 2nd year.

  • Interior Architecture & Product Design
    Students will need to purchase a computer for studio before beginning the 2nd semester of 2nd year.

  • Landscape Architecture
    Non-baccalaureate students will need to purchase a computer before they begin 2nd year.
    Post-baccalaureate students will need to purchase a computer before they begin their 1st semester.

  • Regional & Community Planning
    Non-baccalaureate students will need to purchase a computer before they take LAR 580 or LAR 704.
    Post-baccalaureate students will need to purchase a computer before they begin their 1st semester.