The best 8 free programs for architects: drawing, structural calculation and design

Architecture software

Here is a list of the best 8 free programs about architecture.

Dedicated to professionals with extensive experience in the sector, as well as students, this programs collection offers solutions to day-to-day work of CAD designers, responsible for structural design, 3D building animation and engineers responsible for the calculation of electrical, hydraulic and electronic installations.


If this compilation of free programs is of your interest, you may also want to take a look at the following ones:


Banana Soft has all kinds of software organized by professional areas and professions, including architecture.


AutoCAD 360: AutoCAD documents viewer and editor

AutoCAD 360 is a Free app that lets you view, create, edit and share CAD drawings using a web browser or mobile device..


BRL-CAD: Consolidated CAD and modeling program

BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation.


ProfiCAD: Design of electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic diagrams

ProfiCAD is designed to draw electrical and electronic diagrams, schemes, control circuit diagrams and can also be used for hydraulic and pneumatic diagrams, and other technical diagrams.


LibreCAD: 2D Computer aided design

LibreCAD is a fully comprehensive 2D CAD application that you can download and install for free. There is a large base of satisfied LibreCAD users worldwide, and it is available in more than 20 languages and for all major operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


GeoFryPlots: Fry point-to-point strain analysis plots

GeoFryPlots performs strain analyses using the Fry point-to-point method. Data can be either read in from an ascii file (as pairs of x,y coordinates) or can be digitised directly into a data window using the mouse. Bitmap images to be digitised can be loaded into the data window from file. Fry plots are displayed in a separate FryPlot window within which a best-fit strain ellipse to the plot can be constructed using the mouse.


Strain Calculator: Strain and shear zone calculations, including general plane strain shear

Strain Calculator presents strain data and calculations graphically and numerically. Conversions of strain ratios to stretches at a given volume change can be plotted directly onto a logarithmic strain plot. Shear zone parameters (ellipticity, deformed and undeformed orientations, etc.) for any shear strain value or general shear vorticity


Blender: 3D creation for everyone, free to use for any purpose.

Free Software, great community, and 100% open. Blender is being made by hundreds of people from around the world; by studios and individual artists, professionals and hobbyists, scientists, students, VFX experts, animators, game artists, modders, and the list goes on.

All of them are united by the desire to have access to a fully free/open source 3D creation pipeline.
Volunteers are welcome to work on parts of the software, on the websites, documentation, education, design proposals, testing, and many more topics.


Kitchen Planner: Virtual kitchens design

Design the kitchen that suits your needs with this IKEA planning tool. Configure your space considering every corner. Experiment with different combinations of furniture and appliances and choose different styles until you find the perfect result for you.