Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
Imagine What Could Happen
One would be hard-pressed to list all the many good reasons to attend this year’s AIA Convention – but I’m willing to take up the challenge with some thoughts on the subject. To keep things tidy, though, I’m going to focus on one particular fun aspect of the convention per blog post.
Location, location, location
First of all, it is happening in Philadelphia – a legendary American city known for attitude, passion and perspective. The city itself inspires learning and creativity – a fact evidenced by the number of tours being offered during the AIA Convention. Organizers arranged more than a hundred tours designed to spark your interest, teach you something new, and give you a chance to see the best of Philadelphia.
Off the Beaten Path
Speaking of tours – we want to call attention to one we’re putting on for convention attendees. A Tale of Two Krocs scheduled for the first day of AIA Thursday afternoon 5/19 from 2p-6p you can tour the Kroc Center – a much-needed community center designed by noted ARCHICAD firm Kitchen & Associates (K&A) in ARCHICAD – the center provides much needed services to the Camden community.
K&A provided comprehensive architectural, engineering and interior design services for the new Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center—a 120,000 square foot, state-of-the-art community facility located on a river-front, former brownfield site in downtown Camden, New Jersey. In January 2004, The Salvation Army USA announced that it would be receiving nearly $1.6 billion from the estate of Mrs. Joan Kroc, (whose husband founded McDonald’s), to establish community centers similar to the one Mrs. Kroc established in San Diego, California. Following a competitive, nationwide proposal process, The Salvation Army regional office in the City of Camden received $59 million of funding. By forging new relationships in the community and partnering with corporate sponsors and political leaders, the Salvation Army was able to secure the additional $31 million to fully fund the project.
Thursday, March 31st, 2016
Now that you’ve registered for GRAPHISOFT’s 2016 Student Competition, you are one step closer to the cash prizes! If you haven’t signed up for the competition, there’s no time to lose—there are only a few weeks left to submit your design.
NOT FAMILIAR WITH ARCHICAD BIM SOFTWARE?
Don’t have time to sit through hours of tutorials to learn ARCHICAD? Let us help you get jump started! We are offering two online webinars (April 5th and April 26th) hosted by our best ARCHICAD gurus where we’ll go over the basics and answer your specific questions.
YOUR CHANCE FOR FAME AND FORTUNE—AND PERHAPS A FULL-TIME GIG!
Designing an amazing ARCHICAD project not only provides fame and fortune to the winners, but all who participate get to add another unique design to their portfolios! That’s important because firms across the country are ready to hire graduates with ARCHICAD know-how.
Stand out from the crowd. Add ARCHICAD to your list of skills and open more doors towards landing the perfect job!
Thursday, March 17th, 2016
The Challenge Begins
The wait is over – you can now dig in to the challenge set forth by GRAPHISOFT North America, the makers of ARCHICAD, in partnership with noted ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates and AIA West Jersey, a section of AIA-NJ. Our official website hosting the inaugural student design competition, coinciding with this year’s AIA 2016 Convention is live.
As Philadelphia hosts the 2016 AIA National Convention, the city continues its long tradition of serving as a colorful backdrop to dozens of concerts, conventions, sporting events and festivals annually. With so many wonderful venues in one historic place – wouldn’t it be great if the city had a way to welcome those various event attendees in a cohesive and effective manner?
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Calling All Students!
GRAPHISOFT North America announces an exciting student design competition that challenges you to position Philadelphia’s rich history in front of the millions of tourists who visit it annually. The City of Brotherly Love hosts dozens of concerts, conventions, sporting events, and festivals – so the draw is there, but what the city lacks are temporary mobile visitor centers that can be brought to those venues and welcome event attendees.
In this national one-stage competition – all US-based architecture students (graduate or undergraduate) will be challenged to develop and design a mobile visitors’ center using shipping containers which could be constructed in various locations around the city of Philadelphia.
A total of $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners.
Click here to receive all competition information on eligibility, how to register, submission deadlines and entry requirements. Or visit competition.graphisoftus.com. For additional information or questions about the competition, please contact Rita Hicks, GRAPHISOFT North America firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 19th, 2016
David Clayton, AIA of DEIV Architecture has been using ARCHICAD for the better part of the past two years. Having first been exposed to the software while a student, version 7, Clayton confesses having to learn Revit and AutoCAD to enter the job market back in 2002. However when he began his own firm some nine years later – he knew what software to use.
“I kept thinking that I’ve always loved ARCHICAD. It’s the only software I know of that you can have good quality documents while being editing and designing in perspective mode.I just like designing in perspective because that’s how we see things with our eyes.”
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
E. William (Bill) East, the inventor of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange known as COBie – a data format for the publication of a subset of building model information focused on delivering building information not geometric modeling says ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant. According to the Building Smart Alliance COBie “…is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers. COBie can be viewed in design, construction, and maintenance software as well as in simple spreadsheets. This versatility allows COBie to be used all projects regardless of size and technological sophistication.”
Having a reliable international standard to share information can streamline an otherwise wasteful construction handover process. Using COBie specification involves identification of the content of the information that must be captured and exchanged at each phase of the project to begin to reduce the waste associated with the current paper process. The designer is required to provide the space layout, system list, types of equipment, and the location of named equipment. The builder adds equipment make, model and serial number and provides manufacturer literature, warranty and replacement parts information. The commissioning agent provides the job plan data with associated tools, training and equipment requirements.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
GRAPHISOFT is hosting an exciting live online webinar to introcude Twinmotion for ARCHICAD
Scheduled for February 2 – the webinar will focus on the award-winning real-time visualization technology “Twinmotion” and how it changes the way designers and engineers interact with their models. Developed by Ka-Ra and distributed worldwide by Abvent, Twinmotion is compatible with every 3D modeling software on the market today, including ARCHICAD. Twinmotion is a great fit for any landscape, urban planning or building professional. Designed with an easy, intuitive user interface, it can be used right out of the box. In addition to being incredibly easy to use, Twinmotion creates high quality images and animations in the blink of an eye.
Led by Ildikó Szabó of Abvent webinar attendees will be walked through a workflow demo of Twinmotion 2016, highlighting all the fantastic new features in the latest version of this game-changing visualization software.
Twinmotion 2016 offers several productivity enhancements, such as:
- smooth collaboration with ARCHICAD and BIM solutions
- point cloud import and automatic conversion to a terrain in Twinmotion
- enriched object library: vegetation, animated characters, vehicles
- expanded material library: ceilings
- project phasing
In addition, BIMmotion, the revolutionary stand-alone viewer, allows Twinmotion users to share an .exe file with their clients, enabling them to explore the project on their own — following it from start to finish. All this is now possible without having to install Twinmotion. (Windows only.)
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Fayetteville, AR based firm, David McKee Architects has a long and unique history using ARCHICAD to design high-end custom residential homes. In addition to those types of projects, David and his team recently completed a preliminary design for a project at the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks in the Fay Jones architectural style.
“The Botanical garden project is still in the very preliminary design phase, we are excited about seeing the project through and possibly earning a LEED certification.”
Though only recently upgrading the ARCHICAD 19, the firm has been producing outstanding work, winning an AIA award for design in an earlier version of ARCHICAD. Since upgrading, the team has noticed an improvement in visualization and detailing in the model.
“The biggest difference between then and now has to do with how we were using it in our workflow. We still hand draw in the office, but overall, the way we tackle a project changed. In the previous version, we were using ARCHICAD to draft, and were modeling with fewer details than we do now. In the current version of ARCHICAD we fully visualize the project when we meet with our clients.”
Now that they are modeling the houses completely in ARCHICAD, David McKee Architects enhance their visualization process with BIMx for presentations.
“With BIMx our clients come to our office, connect their iPad and walk through the design. It has been a huge help in communicating design intent. The walkthrough is a great tool to go beyond 2D drawings to get design ideas across to the client. In our experience it is not unusual for us to go thru 3 or 4 design iterations, but those rounds of changes are no big deal, because with the ARCHICAD model, we jump right into construction documents.”
Thursday, January 7th, 2016
A wealth of easy to understand information about using ARCHICAD is available to new ARCHICAD users, prospects, students and anyone who wants to sharpen their current skills with the software. There you can also find a full-fledged BIM Curriculum to support the education of students, young architects and building industry professionals. This unique educational resource includes 12 seminar lectures supplemented by Lecture Notes and Teachers Notes to cover a full semester.
Five volumes of GRAPHISOFT approved training resources take on various aspects of using the software and are geared toward different levels of knowledge and interest. Each volume includes a step-by-step PDF manual, narrated video clips and ARCHICAD project files for hands-on practice. Each volume builds on the previous – or can be viewed in random order depending on the viewer’s skill level. The volumes are summarized below.
Volume 1 – Beginner level
This section begins with introducing the fundamental concepts, techniques and key benefits of GRAPHISOFT’s Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions. The training will familiarize you with the interface and navigation as well as the modeling, documentation and publishing concepts of 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.