Architectural Models with Rhino 3D and V-Ray

A course by Saul Kim
Architectural Designer. Cambridge, United States.
Joined March 2021
, Architectural Designer

Transform ordinary spaces into unique, structural masterpieces using an experimental design method

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  • 2178 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Transform ordinary spaces into unique, structural masterpieces using an experimental design method

  • 100% positive reviews (44)
  • 2178 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 4m)
  • 10 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Thinking outside the box when it comes to design allows you to imagine what the future of architecture might look like. Architectural designer Saul Kim specializes in creating designs that explore new architectural possibilities.

In this course, he teaches you his design process for making playful and unique architectural spaces. Learn how to build structural works of art using Rhino 3D and V-Ray. Are you ready to enter a world of design thinking and transform ordinary spaces into architectural masterpieces?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation
  • U3
    U3. Modeling in Rhino 3D
  • U4
    U4. Basic V-Ray Rendering
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know architectural designer Saul Kim. He talks through the creative journey that saw him study at Harvard Graduate School and pursue a career as a freelance designer in the United States. Discover the influences which inspire him and the work he creates.

Explore examples of architectural designs that have been inspired by daily objects. Experiment with the tools needed to make paper models by practicing different form-making techniques, including folding and self-intersection. Then Saul demonstrates how to deconstruct a box to generate form and space.

Learn how to replicate the same techniques digitally to create a model in Rhino 3D. Saul takes you step by step through the process of modeling both a folding and self-intersecting surface. Then discover how to enhance your design by experimenting with height and merging shapes.

Render your model with V-Ray in a studio environment. Begin with the basic setting values for V-Ray rendering, including camera and render output. Then learn how to create a background and apply simple materials to it. Find out how texture mapping works, and how you can use it to adjust the scale and texture of your materials. Finish the course by seeing how to add different types of lighting to your scene to achieve different effects.

What is this course's project?

Design an object and create a basic paper model for it. Then transform it into a digital rendering using Rhino 3D and V-Ray.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for aspiring architects looking to improve their design thinking and model-making techniques. It’s also suited to designers interested in architecture.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Rhino 3D and V-Ray is required.

You will need a computer with these programs installed along with paper, tape, plastic tubes, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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Saul Kim

A course by Saul Kim

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Architectural Designer

Saul Kim is an architectural designer from South Korea. He’s been interested in art and technology since he was a child, and has always enjoyed making things by hand. Whilst studying for a degree in architecture at Southern California Institute of Architecture, he discovered a passion for experimenting with form. He went on to specialize in it as part of his master’s degree in architecture from Harvard Graduate School.

Saul currently works in the United States as a freelance designer alongside developing his personal design series, which explores the ideas of conformity and contradiction of architectural parts. His designs, which he shares with over 30K followers on Instagram, are inspired by daily life, and he is passionate about finding new ways to create form and space through architecture.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2


    • Precedents for Playful Architecture
    • Materials
    • Folding Surface
    • Self-Intersecting Surface
    • Deconstructing a Box
  • U3

    Modeling in Rhino 3D

    • Modeling a Folding Surface: The Basics
    • Modeling a Folding Surface: In Context
    • Modeling a Self-Intersecting Surface
    • Enhancing the Self-Intersecting Surface Model
  • U4

    Basic V-Ray Rendering

    • Basic V-Ray Settings
    • Background and Texture Mapping
    • Lighting
  • FP

    Final project

    • Archviz for playful architecture

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Architectural Models with Rhino 3D and V-Ray

A course by Saul Kim
Architectural Designer. Cambridge, United States.
Joined March 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (44)
  • 2178 students