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Powerhouse Brazil Firm Chooses ARCHICAD Over Revit

July 16th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

In a recent press release GRAPHISOFT announced signing with Fernandes Arquitetos Associados (FAA).


The well-known Brazilian firm with an impressive portfolio, including two 2014 World Cup arenas had been on a competitor’s BIM platform, namely Revit, since 2007. The firm researched alternatives to that platform in keeping with its commitment to consistently streamlining their design process while adding value to their customers. The firm evaluated ARCHICAD and determined it to be a superior software. In addition, Daniel Hopf Fernandes, Founder of FAA pointed out – switching to ARCHICAD freed the firm from the new commercial policy introduced by Autodesk.

“Our main motivation for changing software was Autodesk’s new commercial policy, which is counter-productive to the Brazilian economy,” Fernandes said. After testing and using ARCHICAD, the firm has concluded that it is a superior software. “ARCHICAD integrates with Rhino — and it is more user-friendly and intuitive. ARCHICAD also offers us greater modeling freedom and allows us to model and document in one single platform,” he added.


You can read the full release here

Sylla International – Success Since the Switch to ARCHICAD

July 16th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

Making the Switch to ARCHICAD

More than a year ago here on the blog, we profiled Cheikh Sylla of Tampa, FL-based Sylla International and his decision to adopt ARCHICAD over another BIM software he had been using for quite some time. Since then he has been busy, putting his skills and ARCHICAD to the test. At the start of 2015 Sylla evaluated his decision candidly, honestly sharing his experience for his readers and other architects considering a similar change.

Was it Worth it?

Rather than rehash his thorough overview of what the impact of the change has been, I thought it wise to discuss how he’s using the software on an actual project. Sylla is in the design phase of creating a nearly six thousand square foot home that features a pool in a flood zone of Miami, Florida. Sylla is using ARCHICAD 18 to create the design through to construction documents that and at press time was nearing the point of submitting the plans to the city for review.

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Look-in Event at Galbraith Carnahan Architects’ New Offices

June 24th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

This Sunday, June 28 from 2-4 Galbraith Carnahan Architects (GCA) invites you to tour their new office space.

The team recently relocated to East Tosa, drawn to its vibrant community and fun events that the neighborhood hosts throughout the year. The move quickly provided early return on the “fun events” element – with the Tour of America’s Dairyland – East Tosa Gran Prix bike race on June 28th.


GCA’s new office happens to be located along the race route – which provided the firm a wonderful opportunity to play host to the cycling enthusiasts in the area. They invite you and your family to visit the new space up for a “look-in”. Expect race-themed snacks and beverages between the of 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 28th. Grab a beer, watch the cyclists, and see our new digs.

The new offices are located at:

6528 W North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Kindly RSVP

Thank You Atlanta! AIA 2015 Recap

May 22nd, 2015 by Mary Moscarello
We have caught our breath after a successful show in Atlanta during the AIA 2015 National Convention. There were so many highlights, we hardly know where to begin!

It makes the most sense to start where all the action happened – our booth. This year, our booth was a busy hub where we demonstrated the performance enhancements in ARCHICAD 19, the latest version of our premium BIM software. Once again, our convention booth was designed and modeled in ARCHICAD, providing an open and welcoming space to allow for comfortable interactions throughout the show. Judging by the crowds that gathered we consider our mission accomplished. Visitors were able to relax and see first-hand how we’ve improved the user interface of ARCHICAD, speed up performance and made the work environment so streamlined and efficient.

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National Spotlight Shines On Building Designed in ARCHICAD

May 18th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

May 18th is a huge day for the Kroc Center in Camden. Considered a showpiece of design collaboration and designed by premier ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates – the Kroc Center will host a visit from President Obama.

ArchiCAD Kitchen & Associates

The community center just opened to the public last fall, providing much-needed space for health services, physical activity and education. However new it may be, given the enormity of the center’s importance, the Salvation Army Kroc Corp Community Center of Camden, New Jersey deserves this high honor. The Kroc Center is more than a building. The building represents a coordinated effort to reclaim space and provide much needed services to the community.

The $90 million project, situated on a 24-acre former municipal landfill creates positive and sustainable social, economic, and cultural benefits to the communityArchiCAD Kitchen & Associates and serve as an anchor for neighborhood revitalization. Kitchen & Associates had to rely on interdisciplinary collaboration while designing in ARCHICAD to acquire funding and maintain project momentum through site remediation, design, and construction.

A winner of the NJ Smart Growth Award, the Kroc Center design has satisfied a list of ten objectives to support smart growth in the community. The initiative, modified from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, recognizes and addresses accessibility, neighborhood development and the inherent connections between environmental protection, social equity, public health, and economic sustainability.

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ARCHICAD 19 Showcased at AIA 2015

May 12th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

This year’s AIA National Convention takes place in Atlanta, GA. Between May 14th and 16th GRAPHISOFT will showcase the latest version of its premium BIM software, ARCHICAD® 19. The convention brings together the world’s brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders. GRAPHISOFT will demonstrate optimized speed and performance enhancements found in ARCHICAD 19.

ArchiCAD 19During demonstrations of ARCHICAD 19 on the show floor – convention attendees will be able to discover how the software can benefit your a firm’s workflow or a sole proprietor’s practice. With ARCHICAD 19, GRAPHISOFT continues to provide users with solutions that simplify processes, improve profitability and grow business.

“By enhancing software performance GRAPHISOFT powers up an already intuitive and responsive set of tools for the architect,” said Steve Benford, Managing Director, at GRAPHISOFT North America. “With ARCHICAD 19 our users will have access to cutting edge technology and one of the fastest BIM tools available.”

With so much to see and do at the AIA show, GRAPHISOFT North America would like to highlight some presentations scheduled from seasoned and newly established ARCHICAD firms. These sessions provide a wonderful opportunity to hear about their experiences in using BIM to achieve growth and improve profitability.

Featured Session: Sustained & Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption

On Friday morning, Don Whitten, AIA of Marietta GA based – Collins Cooper will present “Sustained and Long Term Growth from BIM Adoption” in Room B313. Since transitioning to a BIM workflow a decade ago, Collins Cooper has made the most of that strategic advantage. During the presentation, Whitten, joined by Clayton Daspit of The Beck Group will provide real-world examples that demonstrate the impact of the adoption of an integrated BIM workflow had on their firm’s future.

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Tour Eco-Friendly Home Designed in ARCHICAD by US Green Building Council Award Winner

May 8th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

This week, you have a special opportunity to tour an eco-friendly, sustainable, healthy and efficient home – designed in ARCHICAD by the creator of Northern Illinois’ first certified passive house; Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, Ltd.

On May 9th, Tom Bassett-Dilley of TBDA, Brandon Weiss of Evolutionary Home Builders, Jason LaFleur of Eco-Achievers, and Matt Fordham of ENVIRONMENTS Studio will lead a tour of their Oak Park home. You will be able to learn about smart, healthy and efficient living during this free event.TBDA tour image George Mailer UPDATED.small

As told to the Chicago Tribune in a recent article, Bassett-Dilley says, “this is a “right-sized” new home, designed in the Passive House paradigm, but being certified under the LEED program. While its space planning and technology are entirely 21st-century, its form echoes the scale and detailing of its bungalow and foursquare neighbors. Indoor-outdoor experience is optimized with a front screened porch, complete with a wood-burning fireplace.”

“We really care about not poisoning our clients,” Bassett-Dilley said. “To me, this passive house way of building is about both health and efficiency. Not just do less harm, but actually do good for people.”

The floor plan is simple “but every function is just perfectly tailored to what they needed,” Bassett-Dilley said. “It’s performance informing design and design making an expression out of the performance,” he said.

TBDA has been chronicling the creation of this home in his “From the Field” updates – now see it all come together. Register here.

Announcing ARCHICAD 19

May 5th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

The wait is (almost) over. GRAPHISOFT® has announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers, is coming. In order to make this version of ARCHICAD BIM software the best it could be for architects, GRAPHISOFT focused on performance. The developers worked on extending ARCHICAD’s robust 64-bit and multi-processing technologies with predictive background processing, an industry-first to BIM. As a result, ARCHICAD now offers lightning-fast response times, making it the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.

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Watch this Cool Rendering Clip and May the Fourth Be With You

May 4th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

What better day to watch this clip than May the Fourth?

Back when ARCHICAD 16 was all the rage, we shared a modeling of a TIE Fighter – it highlighted the power of the MORPH tool.

Thanks to the Star Wars movies, the TIE Fighter will always be a weapon of the Galactic Empire and an iconic symbol of the Imperial Fleet.

Thanks to the ever-changing abilities of ARCHICAD, the resulting rendering is quite different. For our purposes, the image provides a unique way to demonstrate how one can achieve richly detailed images and graphics with the help of MAXONs CineRender engine – which as you know is integrated directly into ARCHICAD 18. Watch, enjoy and may the creative flow be with you.

Tools and Technology for Architects During #AIAChat This Week!

May 4th, 2015 by Mary Moscarello

Hey Tweeples! Mark your calendars for an exciting AIA Twitter Chat – set for May 6th (2-3PM Eastern), a week before the AIA Convention in Atlanta. During this Twitter Chat, AIA Member Laura Teagarden will focus the discussion on “Tools and Technology for Architects.”

As the sponsor of the AIA Tweet Up, we at GRAPHISOFT North America invite you to participate in this Twitter Chat to flex your Twitter muscles, get yourself in gear for the convention and get into some meaningful discussion about what types of tools assist you, the architect, in your day to day. This is your opportunity to jump into the conversation and provide your opinion, feedback, ask questions and maybe even meet some new Twitter Users.

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