FormIt University


The challenge is to design a school campus in Mumbai using the new Autodesk FormIt iPad App. This slightly primitive but full of potential school campus, dubbed FormIt University, will consist of four classroom buildings, a lecture hall, a gym, an administration building, and parking. Each building/program must be within the required square footage requirements given below. Floor heights will not be assumed, so therefore they must be set for each mass/building/support space for judges to check for total floor area requirements. The campus is also wanting to stand out above the rest and desires a distinctive landmark. The design of the landmark is completely open to interpretation, but must be separate from any other building and distinctly different.


About FormIt:

The FormIt mobile app was just released at Autodesk University in November and is the first of its kind. FormIt helps you capture building design concepts digitally anytime, anywhere ideas strike. Use real-world site information to help create forms in context and support early design decisions with real building data. Experience a continuous Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow by synchronizing designs in the cloud for further refinement using Autodesk Revit software products and other applications.


FormIt Workflow to submit for DBM Challenge:

  1. Locate iPad :)
  2. Download Autodesk FormIt App from iTunes.
  3. Review FormIt videos under Resources.
  4. Start new sketch.
  5. Locate site on map within FormIt using GPS Coordinates.
  6. Import Satellite Image
  7. Design submission that meets requirements and looks awesome using every tool!
  8. Create a new Autodesk 360 account if you do not have one via web.
  9. Sign into Autodesk 360 account within the FormIt app.
  10. Sync DBM model submission to 360 cloud.
  11. Sign into Autodesk 360 via web.
  12. Download .axm file and upload to DesignByMany submission

Video of Workflow:





  • Create compelling and beautiful architectural design concepts and form creation.
  • Remain within defined Program area requirements.
  • Maximize tool set utilization. (Special attention will be given to those who take advantage of all the tools available in FormIt)


Program Requirements:

  • Parking: 100,000 sqft (can be divided into multiple lots)
  • Gymnasium: 1 building, totalling 18,000 - 30,000 sqft (includes support program)
  • Classrooms: 4 buildings, totalling 800,000 - 1,000,000 sqft
  • Lecture Hall/Theater: 1 building, totalling 40,000 - 60,000 sqft (includes support program)
  • Administration: 1 building, totalling 60,000 - 80,000 sqft
  • Campus Landmark: Must be separate and distinct.





  • Full license of Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013.

Built for Building Information Modeling (BIM), Autodesk Revit Architecture helps you to capture and analyze design concepts, and more accurately maintain your vision through design, documentation, and construction.



  • Post submission in .AXM file format (required)
  • Post images (required)
  • Post concept diagrams (optional)



  • Rebecca De Cicco - KSS
  • Aaron Maller - Beck
  • Tom Vollaro - Autodesk
  • DesignbyMany Users - Community voting will be taken into account for the final winner



  • All designs must be submitted by Monday, Jan 14th, 2012 @ 11:59 PM (GMT -4)
  • Community voting will end on Monday, Jan 21st, 2012 @ 11:59 (GMT -4)
5 Responses, 3 Comments show comments
Formit University - the bridge

A linear composition based on a continous bridge that connects the parking structure across the street with the main campus. The interconnected buildings act themselves as vertical circulation spaces by means of green roofs, elevated plazas,...

Mauricio Duk's picture Mauricio Duk

Los Angeles

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Formit University: Undulations

The campus is placed as a series of undulations analagous to rolling hills to form the university.  The buildings encircle an open park of berms that surround a tower.  The centerpiece is a monument to the summer solstice.  On June...

Michael Coffey's picture Michael Coffey

New York

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FormIt University (Tessellations)

The project is organized around a winding core of classroom buildings of tessellated forms.  Administration and lecture hall program elements are the foreground of the campus and take on a more normative form in comparison to the classroom...

Jeff Cramer's picture Jeff Cramer


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Formit University

Various functional buildings clustered around an open assembly courtyard with the symbol of the school, a monolithic form spiraling upward in the search for enlightenment. the design envioromentally sensitive, using natural sunlight and...

sikander's picture sikander

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FormIt U
Peter Hillermann's picture Peter Hillermann
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Westall Architects
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