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Urban Farm Project Grows with ARCHICAD

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Seattle, WA-based CAST Architecture leveraged ARCHICAD in a big way on a new classroom building at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) in Seattle’s South End. The 30-acre site is a former planting orchard and nursery space. Originally on the outer edges of the city, the neighborhood is and among the densest and most diverse in the region. Using ARCHICAD as a tool for design and documentation, the team at CAST is working with the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation and Seattle Tilth, to create a center for sustainable urban agriculture in the middle of the city.


Six Steps for General Contractors to get started with BIM

Friday, November 20th, 2015

This post originally appeared on ConAppGuru’s blog. Written by Josh Bone the East Region Sales Director for GRAPHISOFT.

For more than a decade Josh Bone  been implementing, training, and presenting construction technology solutions to AEC&O professionals.  During that time he has had the opportunity to work with some of the top technology leaders in the industry. This experience has helped him define best practices and methodologies for integrating BIM and mobile applications into everyday workflows. Starting with design, then moving into trade coordination, and finally working with teams generating schedules (4D) and quantities (5D) from models Josh has delved deep into the BIM process.

Graphisoft is recognized as developing the original BIM software solution ARCHICAD.

BIM for Contractors ARCHICAD
Building Information Modeling is changing the game for many companies in the construction industry here in the U.S. Projects are experiencing increased efficiencies and decreased downtime with fewer RFIs in the field. With all the advantages that BIM adds to a project, there are still many general contractors that have not yet made the move for various reasons. I am asked frequently by companies of all sizes, “How can we incorporate BIM into our team?” (more…)

Can’t Miss Webinar: Revolutionary Use of ARCHICAD 19, Point Clouds, Laser Scanning and Drones

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

My job is so cool.

I mean, I get to talk to some of the most impressively intelligent people on the planet on a daily basis. I get to talk to them about their favorite software. I ask them what makes them tick, how do they like to design, hear them describe their inspiration and passion for architecture – all good stuff. It really is fun for me, a journalist with a broadcasting background – who struggled with Lincoln Logs as a kid, to learn about architecture and design from the people who do it every day so well.

Recently I got a chance to hear Philip Allsopp, Chief Design Officer with Smart Pad Living, LLC ( talk about a fascinating project he’s working on.

ARCHICAD HABSIn just a few words, you’ll understand why this conversation was particularly cool. Allsopp and his team really pushed the envelope on a recent project. They combined the power of drones, 3D laser scanning, and point clouds with ARCHICAD 19 to recreate high quality drawings of the Arizona State Fairgrounds Grandstand Building, an important, historic structure built of concrete, steel, and some adobe as part of the 1938 WPA project. The building is in jeopardy of being torn down and part of the effort to save it includes creating accurate as-built HABS (Historic American Building Survey) drawings to support fund-raising and preservation efforts.  These HABS drawings will also be lodged with the United States Library of Congress.


Life’s a Beach, Designing Beach Homes in ARCHICAD

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Todd Miller of QMA Architects & Planners – a long-time ARCHICAD user and architect based in New Jersey – is currently designing a Key West Style Beach house in Ventnor, NJ. Miller took some time out from his schedule of creating custom residential projects to explain how he uses ARCHICAD to create his designs and why he feels it is important to stay current with ARCHICAD.

“We went from hand drawing right into ARCHICAD, and dabbled with other programs while working in other offices. When I went to school, the CAD system was keypunch based. Taking advantage of all the new technology – the architect in me loves the new rendering engines, high quality renderings – without all the tweaking saves so much time.”

Miller, working side by side with his wife, licensed architect Jeannette Quon, adds that he enjoys the freedom ARCHICAD gives him to be able to add details to his design through his modeling software. During client meetings, he takes care to spend ample time with his clients to determine their wants, needs, goals, and aspirations for the home. Throughout the 35 years Miller has been practicing, including the last 25 as principal of QMA, he reports good success with that process. Since adopting ARCHICAD back at version 4.5 some twenty years ago, Miller has relied on the actual model and high quality renderings to demonstrate design intent and scope.


Keep Studying, ARCHICAD and Education

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Education Excellence

We continue our focus on ARCHICAD and Education series with a new video tutorial, and several other inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.

Check out this month’s tutorial, on Complex Profiles

Ready to start using ARCHICAD? Register today for your free student copy at 

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Working Better with TeamWork in ARCHICAD

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Vero Beach, Florida based Clemens Bruns Schaub Architect & Associates (CBSA&A) began their conversion to ARCHICAD from AutoCAD in November of 2014. Since then the team has completed several projects and benefited from a variety of features in the software.

The decision to convert from an AutoCAD to ARCHICAD workflow took months during which all the team members considered options from varying solutions. A demonstration by authorized GRAPHISOFT reseller, Jon Sage, at an AIA event helped the decision “click” into place.

“For years I looked at ARCHICAD and didn’t realize it was more than an illustration tool,” explained Clem Schaub, principal at CBSA&A. “ARCHICAD is a design-based tool that can produce all the construction documents needed for a project.”

Transition from AutoCAD to ARCHICADFor the custom residential projects that make up their portfolio, Schaub saw an additional benefit in that the team could work on models simultaneously. “As we went through the process of looking at ARCHICAD and analyzing the best way to move forward, we realized how much more effective we could be when we take advantage of ARCHICAD’s TeamWork feature. So we went all in.”


Efficient Renovation Supported by ARCHICAD

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Efficient Renovation

J Wilson Fuqua & Associates Architects (WF), a Dallas, TX-based high end residential and remodeling architecture and interior design firm recently completed a home design project using the renovation tool found in ARCHICAD 17. Lead architect on the project, Fuqua says ARCHICAD simplified the process of documenting and showing both existing and new work. WF works on remodeling homes that are built circa 1960 to current day.

wilson fuqua archicad bim“The renovation tool in ARCHICAD is amazing. As you traditionally document a house, adding on elements or removing them, you’re left with all these little details. If you try to put them on different layers, you are not reflecting what is really happening. ARCHICAD becomes our coordination tool, keeping all the right information in all the right places. It helps us be the best architects we can be.”

As is their standard practice, the firm begins with taking a field measurement of the home, and adds in photography to obtain details for the 3D model. The initial phases of the project for the firm includes modeling the interiors to rough out the plans but progresses with increasing detail as the project moves forward.

“We model the interiors quite a bit, reason being that showing that information in the 3D model makes it clear to everyone concerned what parts were changing, what were new and what was set for demolition.”

Don Duffy Architecture Dives in to ARCHICAD

Monday, October 12th, 2015

After attending a two-day workshop with GRAPHISOFT BIM consultant, Veleda Miller, the team at North Carolina based, Don Duffy Architecture transitioned away from AutoCAD and adopted ARCHICAD as their software. Duffy reviewed a few BIM options such as Home Architect and Revit, but believed that ARCHICAD would meet the firm’s needs the best.

Duffy Architecture ARCHICAD“We knew we needed to upgrade our software and being a PC-based office, thought staying with AutoCAD would be an obvious choice. ARCHICAD works well in our PC environment and we liked the idea of being able to own a version of the software for as long as we wanted to run it.”

Once the choice was made, they dove fully into the program in January of 2015 and have since completed the drawing package for a few projects now currently in construction.

The team had worked in 2D AutoCAD and SketchUp prior to adopting ARCHICAD. There was no question they’d have a learning curve as they moved forward with the transition. To best minimize difficulties, the architects had to commit to using the software and develop a new approach to projects. After about a four week period – confidence in using the software was at a very good level – and the efficiencies became evident early on.

Kraig Magas explains, “Before switching to ARCHICAD, in the schematic design phase, we’d create hand sketches. Then, once all parties are on board with the concept – we would move over to AutoCAD. Now, we start working in ARCHICAD much earlier – arriving at a consensus on intent and scope fairly quickly.”

ARCHICAD Education that Works

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Once a month, GRAPHISOFT will share a new video tutorial, along with inspiring stories of students and professors who are pushing the limits of design and productivity with ARCHICAD.

Check out the first tutorial, 5 Ways to Rock Your Studio World.

Ready to start using ARCHICAD? Register today for your free student copy at 

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Clark Design Group Uses ARCHICAD to Speed Up Approvals

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Participatory Planning

The clever architects at Clark Design Group have come up with a way to plan their projects, using ARCHICAD, that helps to simplify the lengthy planning and design period of a project before creating construction documents. Richard Rinehart calls the process “participatory planning.” It involves designing in real-time in front of the client – on the entire scope of projects taken on by the firm, industrial, medical, institutional and has helped the firm become more efficient and productive.

ARCHICAD“When we deal with large clients and have to develop a plan for the MEP or piping and duct work, we use ARCHICAD. The software lets us move things around, make decisions quickly and get moving forward. On a recent 60K square foot pilot plant, we cut down what would have been a six to eight month approval process to just two weeks.”

Relying heavily on the morph tool and being able to show exactly what would happen if an element of the building were, say, to move 40 feet to one direction, everyone looking at the model has an immediate understanding of whether that would work or not.


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