Computer Labs

CAP has two computer labs. They are located in Room 460 and Room 500 of the CU Denver Building. Both areas are accessed with your coded student ID card.

Room 460 is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. This room hosts large format and color printing as well as a 25-seat classroom. There are five drop-in workstations for scanning and last minute finishing touches.

Room 500 is open Monday through Friday, 6:00am – 8:00pm and Saturdays, 6:00am – 5:00pm. This newly renovated space has 24 computers and will be used to accommodate users for general use during normal business hours. At closing time users will need to move to Room 460.

Mike Harring, computer lab manager, and lab monitors facilitate the printing room and technical maintenance. Software supported by the laboratory includes: Mac O.S. 10.9, Windows 7, Autodesk 2016 (AutoCAD, Revit, 3D Studio Max, Ecotect 2011), Microsoft Office 2013, Adobe Creative Suite 6 (Web & Design Standard), Rhino 3D, and ArcGIS. For more information please visit the computer lab in Room 460 during regular business hours.

View the Printing Fees in Computer Lab.

Student Computer Requirements

The College of Architecture and Planning requires all incoming students to acquire and use their own computers and software applications in their studies. Please note that neither the college nor the university endorses or requires you to buy a computer from a particular vendor or manufacturer.

In general, students widely use products like Microsoft Office for word processing, e-mail, presentations and spreadsheet applications. Consult with instructors or view course syllabi regarding specific software application (program) requirements for imaging, CAD, GIS, modeling or rendering before you buy them.

General Software Requirements

MS Office should be installed on all incoming student computers. Students, staff and faculty have permission to download Office 365 onto five personal devices. For more information about Office 365 please visit the Office of Information Technology Office 365 site.

MAC/PC compatibility is an issue; not all popular PC programs are cross-platform. Windows emulating software may be required on the MAC and compatibility should be verified with each software manufacturer. All computers should be running antivirus software (Norton, McAfee etc.) as well as firewall software (Zonealarm, free for personal use on PC’s).

Software requirements for incoming students in all master's programs are per department recommendation, and otherwise stipulated by course syllabus.

Hardware Specifications

To assist you with procurement of your personal computer, the College IT Priorities Committee formulated performance based computing specifications.

Minimum for PC Users:

  • Intel Core i5
  • 16GB RAM
  • Video Card with 4GB of Designated Memory or Higher.
  • 500GB or Bigger Solid State Drive (SSD
  • 802.11n wireless networking
  • 8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW)
  • Integrated Audio
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery

Minimum for MAC Users:

Refer to the following Apple website for specs on the MacBook computers:

  • Intel Core i5 Processor
  • 16GB of RAM
  • 500GB or Bigger Solid State Drive (SSD
  • NVIDIA or Intel with 4GB of Designated Memory or Higher.
  • Built-in options:
    • USB 3.0 port
    • 802.11n wireless networking
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Built-in speakers and microphone