Drawing and Modeling Urban Spaces with AutoCAD and SketchUp

A course by Bruno Arancibia
Architect. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2021
, Architect

Learn to create three-dimensional models of the spaces in your city, including squares, streets, and gardens

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1710 students

Learn to create three-dimensional models of the spaces in your city, including squares, streets, and gardens

Whether designing furniture or a train station, architect Bruno Arancibia always sets out to improve people's lives with his work. Bruno shares his passion for urban analysis and teaches you how to understand city spaces so you can design solutions that are a perfect fit.

In this course, learn how to document and recreate cityscapes such as squares, streets, and gardens using AutoCAD and SketchUp. By the end, you'll have the tools and knowledge to remotely deliver architectural designs that are fully adapted to the site and surrounding environment.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 19 downloads

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1710 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 45m)
  • 19 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Document and recreate a specific urban space by drawing 2D site plans in AutoCAD and creating a 3D model in SketchUp.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Students and professionals in the fields of architecture and urban design, or any other related discipline, who are interested in learning how to document and recreate urban spaces. More specifically, this course is great for anyone who wants to participate in international contests or undertake professional projects, but who is unable to physically visit the sites involved.

Requirements and materials

To take this course, you need basic or intermediate knowledge of AutoCAD and SketchUp as well as a computer with both programs.

Your teacher uses AutoCAD LT 2021 and SketchUp 2021, but you shouldn't have any issues using slightly earlier versions.


1710 Students
42 Reviews
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Bruno Arancibia

A course by Bruno Arancibia

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Bruno Arancibia graduated with a degree in architecture from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and then studied abroad at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville (Ensa-PB) in Paris. He currently works for OTC, a Hong Kong-based consultancy specialized in planning for intermodal transportation terminals.

Throughout his career he has also worked independently and collaborated on different urban, architectural, interior, and furniture design projects. He loves analyzing and understanding cities and views each of their complex urban environments as pieces to a puzzle for architects and urban designers.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Investigate the site

    • Identification and initial documentation
    • Search and download photos
    • Search and download additional site plans
  • U3

    Plot Site Context Plans in AutoCAD

    • How to prepare and insert images to AutoCAD
    • Trace the overall plan
    • Plot the assembly cuts
    • Ambient the plans
  • U4

    Build the 3D model in SketchUp

    • SketchUp: how to import drawings from AutoCAD
    • Model the base terrain
    • Model the buildings of the context
    • Model more complex geometries
  • U5

    Ambient the model and export different views

    • Ambient the model
    • Scenes: how to configure and export in different formats
  • FP

    Final project

    • Drawing and modeling of urban environments with autocad and skecthUp

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

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Drawing and Modeling Urban Spaces with AutoCAD and SketchUp. 3D, Animation, Architecture, and Spaces course by Bruno Arancibia

Drawing and Modeling Urban Spaces with AutoCAD and SketchUp

A course by Bruno Arancibia
Architect. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined April 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (42)
  • 1710 students