Landscape Architecture Student Helps Faculty Integrate VR into their Workflow using vCAD

Fernando Turpin is a Landscape Architecture graduate student at the University of Tennessee, in the College of Architecture and Design. Fernando, or Fern as some call him, found his interest in landscape design in a round about way. All of his past experiences have built the path he is currently on. See how Fern has engaged with vCAD in aid of integrating VR and Visualization into the workflow of the Landscape Architecture faculty at the University of Tennessee! 

What drew you to studying Landscape Architecture?

I studied Economics and English Literature in college, where I focused most of my time on poetry of the landscape. However, post-college I pursued a career in banking in New York--turns out it wasn’t for me. After a big move to Nashville, I focused my time evaluating what I wanted to do with my life. During my time in Nashville, I discovered that my love for the “outdoors” could be steered toward a career in developing the ethereal moments that built environments can produce.


What are your interests in Virtual Reality and 3D Visualization?

My interest began as part of my research work for the Tennessee River Project under Associate Professor Brad Collett. In terms of landscape architecture, I think VR/3D viz is important for landscape architects to begin integrating in their workflows because it allows us to visualize from a first-person POV the scale of which we work in, especially since we can operate at such large scales.

What did you use vCAD for?

I used it for a model space-to-VR digital workflow for the Landscape Architecture faculty at UTK. I used projects that dealt with landforming within an urban context to walk them through the process of modeling to VR. 

How was your experience using vCAD?

Uncomplicated. The interface and general path to getting from a Rhino/Sketchup/Revit model space into the vCAD system could not have been more intuitive. Even if you have an infinitesimal knowledge of Rhino/Sketchup/Revit modeling, the workflow is relatively approachable.

What are the benefits to using vCAD for students and professionals?

Allows students and professionals to get a scalar/spatial sense of their designs not just at the final product stage, but throughout the various design phases/iterations.


[cover photo pulled from the River Studio Twitter]