Revit is often chosen as the primary documenting tool in many architectural offices and not a design tool as it’s widely acknowledged that Revit is extremely limited in dealing with complex conceptual modelling geometry. Autodesk’s attempts at introducing a dedicated conceptual modelling environment in the form of FormIt has also failed drastically as there hasn’t been a single new modelling feature or enhancements over the past two years. Apart from the splitting surfaces, Formit has even less modelling capabilities as the already crippled Revit and doesn’t have any freeform organic capabilities. Several free freeform apps are available in the Apple app store that can do more and handle very complex geometry than a dedicated conceptual tool like FormIt. Dynamo which was supposed to be the big game changer for architects using Revit, seems to head into an unexpected direction as well. While it’s evident that in almost 20 years of the existence of Revit, Autodesk hasn’t catered not once to contemporary design architects and this apparent dislike towards architects seems to impair Dynamo’s modelling development efforts as well in favor of the usual nitty gritty day to day practical enhancements, which resembles Revit’s development for the past 20 years.
One can only speculate that Autodesk hates architects or innovation in architecture in general. This was also evident at Autodesk University where not a single class was dedicated towards conceptual design in Dynamo let alone Revit. Apart of the countless classed on documentation, construction and practical uses with Dynamo, the few classes that did talk about geometry, where all focused-on Rhino/Grasshopper and getting Grasshopper geometry into Revit. As a matter of fact, there were classes where the speakers explicitly discouraged the use of Dynamo for geometry creation. How weird would it if you would go into McDonalds and they encourage you to buy a Whopper instead of a Big Mac.
There is nothing wrong for using Rhino or any other modelling tools for conceptual design that suits your needs. However, it’s almost inconceivable that Autodesk which does make excellent modeling tools for the industrial, civil, automotive, gaming, mechanical industry in packages like Alias, Fusion, Inventor, Maya, doesn’t have anything for the AEC industry. Unlike Archicad that has a partnership with Mcneal, Autodesk doesn’t have relations with Mcneel yet it relies entirely on Rhino/Grasshopper for geometry creation.