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Mary Moscarello
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Life’s a Beach, Designing Beach Homes in ARCHICAD

 
November 17th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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.

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Keep Studying, ARCHICAD and Education

 
November 13th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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 www.MyARCHICAD.com. 

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Working Better with TeamWork in ARCHICAD

 
October 29th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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.”

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Efficient Renovation Supported by ARCHICAD

 
October 14th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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.”
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Don Duffy Architecture Dives in to ARCHICAD

 
October 12th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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.”
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ARCHICAD Education that Works

 
October 9th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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 www.MyARCHICAD.com. 

You could be featured on the BIMEngine Blog! Contact us at EduNARegistration@graphisoft.com and share your ARCHICAD story!


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Clark Design Group Uses ARCHICAD to Speed Up Approvals

 
October 7th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

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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VernerJohnson Relies on ARCHICAD During the A to Z of Museum Planning

 
September 24th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

Boston-based VernerJohnson, Inc. specializes in planning and designing museums and the outdoor public spaces they occupy. Their planning work involves developing a complete facility program to understand what types of spaces within the museum are required, how large they need to be, and how they need to relate to one another. According to Jonathan Kharfen, AIA LEED  Senior Associate at VernerJohnson, the firm relies on ARCHICAD to develop a master plan, which can then be used to assist existing or new museums develop their mission and be successful in achieving it.

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Photography by Sam Fentress

“We help the museum administration and board evaluate their long-term goals and create a building that supports those goals. For example, they will need to decide if the museum or visitor center will have a strong educational component in addition to exhibits – such as classrooms, or performance spaces – or whether it will host evening events such as lectures, conferences or cocktail/dinner parties. We use our ARCHICAD model to develop a design that encapsulates their goals and expresses their mission in an engaging and unique way.”

Once that overall goal is established in the master plan, the team at VernerJohnson works to further develop the vision into a full concept design. VernerJohnson also helps develop staffing requirements, an economic strategic plan and on projects where a new facility is being created, VernerJohnson will also assist in site selection.

The process of selecting an appropriate site for the future facility’s needs can be a lengthy one. Such was the case for a visitor center along Route 70 in Riley County Kansas. The firm worked on several different site options before the project began. VernerJohnson’s planning and site selection portfolio also includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the Mall in Washington, D.C.

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GRAPHISOFT Events Near You

 
September 23rd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

See the BIM Events Happening in Your Neighborhood!

It is important to GRAPHISOFT that you get the most out of your ARCHICAD BIM software solutions.  That’s why we provide regional training, seminars, user groups, and events throughout the year to help you and your firm succeed.  Here is what we have lined up for the week of:           

September 20 – September 26, 2015

GRAPHISOFT Introduces Rhino–Grasshopper–ARCHICAD Connection

 
September 22nd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

Announcing an ARCHICAD Interoperability Increase

Exciting news from GRAPHISOFT that fills a gap in the design process between early stage design and building information modeling. GRAPHISOFT announced the release of a public beta version of a Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection. The enhanced connection opens up creative options for architects. The existing natural link between Rhino and Grasshopper empowers them to start and modify their designs in any of the three design environments — Rhino, Grasshopper or ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD RhinoIt is an industry-first, bidirectional “real-time” connection – giving architects and designers freedom to use their favorite algorithmic design tool (Grasshopper) in combination with professional BIM software (ARCHICAD) through a best-in-class iterative design workflow. Now it is easier than ever to explore multiple design variations, create and fine-tune building details and structures using algorithms without exchanging files.

Native file format support for Rhinoceros found in ARCHICAD already let designers open and save Rhino project files of any size or complexity – the extension of this compatibility makes the benefits of using BIM at an early design phase more accessible.

As Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer and Deputy Head of Architectural Design Department at Nikken Sekkei put it, ”This connection will also help align the traditional design process with the computational design approach. I am looking forward to seeing BIM become a friendlier design tool for architects.”

The public beta test begins on September 28 – click here to sign-up for the beta or to register for a free, online webinar on October 6.

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