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October 21st, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
The Wait is Over—Sign Up Today for the Only Conference that’s 100% ARCHICAD!
The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference, March 22nd – 24th, Las Vegas
Once again, GRAPHISOFT is bringing together top-notch professionals, industry experts, and trendsetters who use ARCHICAD every day from across North America. At the GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference, you will get the opportunity to engage in informative and useful discussions that will improve the day-to-day use of ARCHICAD. The courses help you earn up to 15 AIA CES credits as you learn from inspiring keynote speakers and experienced instructors.
The 2017 BIM Conference has something for everyone! New ARCHICAD users and seasoned veterans will benefit from the concise, powerful BIM software learning experience. We know you’ll come away from the conference prepared and pumped to put those new ARCHICAD skills into practice right away.
September 20th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
GRAPHISOFT reseller, ARCHVISTA, has developed a way for architects, designers and home builders to brush up on their skills. This cutting-edge learning technology and virtual in-person training at affordable pricing, is known as LEARNVIRTUAL.
The online learning platform focuses on ARCHICAD In-Practice. Featuring online case study presentations by seasoned professionals sharing their practical insights and courses taught by experienced coaches, LEARNVIRTUAL also provides hundreds of OnDemand Courses that teach the fundamentals of ARCHICAD.
Thomas M. Simmons, creator of LEARNVIRTUAL says giving practical, one-on-one instruction served as motivation for the program’s creation.
September 2nd, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
Trevor Abramson, FAIA, and Douglas Teiger, AIA, lead California-based Abramson Teiger Architects (ATA) and its team of dynamic architects and designers. With over 200 built projects across North America, ATA’s passion for excellence has been recognized with over thirty design awards. Their multi-faceted practice, initially focusing on single-family residences, now encompasses ecclesiastical commissions, educational facilities, creative offices, retail developments, and varied commercial buildings. The firm seeks to balance practical needs and dramatic artistic expression while treating each project as an exercise in collaboration.
ATA has been using BIM on larger scale projects of late. Specifically, the firm used the software on PLATFORM, a 220,000 SF mixed-use complex, and on a 92,000 square foot retail and creative office development, both located in the Culver City neighborhood of Los Angeles.
ALL ARCHICAD ALL THE TIME
Winning with Open BIM
ATA begins the majority of their projects in ARCHICAD, especially the larger ones. Often, the firm encounters situations where a client requires construction documents created in Revit. Even in those cases, they choose to first work in ARCHICAD because they feel it is a better tool for conceptual design work, rendering, working with steel and most importantly, IFC and model coordination.
August 18th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
Congratulations to the team at Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects on their recent 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award!
The ARCHICAD firm has been recognized for their work on the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) in the “Creating Community Connection” category. This vacant housing project has become an important arts and culture hub in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood.
DA+HC represents what is possible when public, private and non-profit sectors work together to give new life to an area of the city that had been ignored.The vacant 1980s Chicago Housing Authority project is now a vital arts and culture hub in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Existing abandoned buildings became the framework for a community-focused and artist-led creative incubator.
July 28th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
The power of the podcast is well-documented. At their origination, podcasts – or “audio blogging” as the practice was first named – were a handy way to share information, though at first they did not enjoy widespread adoption. So much has changed since the. By the year 2004, broadband internet access and portable audio devices helped podcasts transition from those early days, through a trendy buzz word type of category to the distribution method it is today. Currently more than 115-thousand English-speaking podcasts exist, contributing to an ever louder online volume.
The Archispeak Podcast is one podcast I’d recommend checking out. The trio of hosts; Evan Troxel, Neal Pann, and Cormac Phalen get together regularly to have casual conversations about all things architecture. What I like about their style is they celebrate the triumphs and highlight successes AND are unafraid to point out failures or situations where they think the proverbial bar was missed.
July 15th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
You want an example of a firm using ARCHICAD that is successfully taking on multiple large projects?
Look no further than Seattle-based, Rutledge Maul Architects (RMA). This award-winning powerhouse firm has been churning out projects in ARCHICAD since the early 90’s. One of the keys to their success has been leveraging small teams on large projects nimbly and efficiently. RMA performs feasibility and site-selection analysis, as well as master planning for commercial, multifamily, residential, and institutional facilities. One look at the RMA project portfolio and you’ll see a range of upscale corporate buildings to custom homes with a wide range of budgets and architectural taste.
July 13th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
Toronto-based, Discovery Dream Homes, creates custom log and timber frame homes using ARCHICAD. At any given time, some 40 projects are in progress – all managed and built in ARCHICAD.
A model home just outside the city shows potential clients what Discovery Dream Homes can create – but the team relies heavily on creating 3D presentations in ARCHICAD and shares them via the award-winning presentation app, BIMx.
“We use BIMx for every project we do. It had a profound impact on our presentation style from the moment it was introduced to us,” explained Shawn Hunter. “When people are trying to decide whether to hire us or not, BIMx tips the scales in our favor every time.”
July 5th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
The wait is over!
GRAPHISOFT® announced that ARCHICAD® 20’s global rollout process has begun.
Shipping started last week with the International, US, UK/Ireland, German, and Austrian versions, followed by the French version on July 4 – the first six of 28 local versions. The rest of the localized language versions will be released on a continual basis. BIMcloud will also be released in parallel with the localized versions of ARCHICAD 20.
ARCHICAD 20 features a brand new, flat-design graphical UI that sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools. Underneath the surface, a number of important functional improvements put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM. Click here for more information about ARCHICAD 20.
July 1st, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
Stand Out in the Crowd
The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and GRAPHISOFT want to help you Stand Out and get yourself noticed by potential employers. Learn how to use BIMx to create an interactive, mobile portfolio at the upcoming Grassroots Leadership Conference in DC. GRAPHISOFT’s Catherine Cabezas and Rita Hicks will be presenting some useful tips for attendees to hone their presentation skills and highlight what is most appealing to potential hiring decision makers.
June 7th, 2016 by Mary Moscarello
See ARCHICAD 20 – demonstrated live to GRAPHISOFT’s Key Clients.
In May, GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution – ARCHICAD 20. On June 13 you will be able to see its world premiere!
ARCHICAD 20 features a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM, increasing the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, “flat-design” graphical UI sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools.
Register to watch the world premiere of ARCHICAD 20 during GRAPHISOFT’s Key Client Conference held in Budapest. The event will be streamed live on June 13, 2016, at 3:00-4:30 PM (CET)
What’s new in ARCHICAD 20
Enhanced Information Management
Storing: ARCHICAD 20 helps architects and designers to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all project information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.
Displaying: ARCHICAD 20 takes that well-structured information and helps architects use it efficiently. Smart filters and a brand new graphical override help designers to freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. The result? A number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.