My Five Fave New Features in Revit 2021

June 5, 2020 Cherisse Biddulph

With all the uncertainty in the world today, it is refreshing to unwrap the new features of Revit 2021 to see what the Autodesk development team has come up with to make our lives easier in the way we design. With the release of Revit 2021, there are some pretty exciting enhancements and features. A few that stood out to me are highlighted below, but trust me, there are plenty more wonderful enhancements to explore.

Creating slanted walls – In previous releases, to achieve a slanted wall you had to either create a mass element or utilize profiles. However, you achieved slanted walls before, Revit 2021 now lets you create slanted walls with architectural, structural, or curtain walls by altering the Cross-Section property, then modifying the Angle From Vertical property with a negative or positive angle. In the image below, I show a slanted curtain wall.


Stripe rows in schedules – Previously, you only had the option to stripe schedule rows from the ribbon and only view them in a schedule view. In Revit 2021, you can visually simplify a schedule’s appearance by setting the stripe rows within a schedule’s properties, including setting stripe rows to start with the first or second row, modifying the highlight color, and select whether or not you want to show stripe rows on the sheet it gets placed on.


Schedules in Sheet view’s list – To manage which sheets your schedules are on, you can now expand the sheets and view schedules, along with views, that are on each sheet.


Modify 3D rebar hook rotation – To modify a rebar hook in previous versions, you had to go into edit sketch mode and modify the linework. In Revit 2021, a new enhancement to 3D rebar shapes allows you to rotate the 3D rebar hooks by specifying Hook Rotation At Start and End of the rebar within the rebar properties.


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