Creating a Curtain Wall

Reference Number: KB-01810
Last Modified: June 21, 2016

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


How can I create a commercial front with a curtain wall in Chief Architect?



A curtain wall is an exterior wall that encloses the space within, but is not load-bearing. Often, the term "curtain wall" specifically refers to glass walls such as those found on store fronts. Curtain walls are typically used on commercial buildings; however, they also have residential applications - for example, sun-rooms or indoor swimming pools.

This article will explain how to create a simple curtain wall with a commercial awning in Chief Architect.

To create the curtain wall

  1. First, set up the default settings by selecting Edit> Default Settings , select Plan from the category list and click Edit.

    Check the Ignore Casing for Opening Resize checkbox and click OK to return to the Default Settings dialog.

  2. Next, select Window and click Edit to display the Window Defaults dialog.

    Change the Minimum Separation value to 0", click OK, then Done to close the Default Settings dialog.

  3. If you haven't already, draw a wall then place a window and modify it to your preference. Don't worry about the exact placement at this time.

    For the purposes of this example, the following specifications are used:

    • Change the Window Type to Fixed Glass.

    • Width of 60", Height of 107", and Floor to Top of 107".

    • Both interior and exterior casings and sills are suppressed.

  4. Once the window is placed, go to 3D> Create Orthographic View> Cross Section/Elevation  and create an elevation of the front of the building.

  5. Finally, select the first window and move it to butt against the left-most edge of the wall, then click Multiple Copy Multiple Copy Interval , and set the General Objects Primary Offset to match the width of our windows, for this example: 60". Then, click and drag the window to the right, to create enough copies to span your wall.

To add an awning and other details

  1. Place a glass door, then select View> Library Browser  and navigate to an awning from the Chief Architect Bonus Catalog titled Commercial Awnings

    Note: To download Manufacturer and Bonus catalogs like the one mentioned above, please see the Obtaining Library Content knowledge base article in the Related Articles section below. 

  2. Place the awning into position and that completes the curtain wall. You may wish to change the width of this awning in your floor plan view to fit the width of your windows.