GRAPHISOFT Announces Winners of Inaugural ARCHICAD Student Design Competition

BOSTON, June 9, 2016 – GRAPHISOFT North America, in partnership with award-winning ARCHICAD firm, Kitchen & Associates (K&A) and AIA West Jersey, proudly announce the winners of the inaugural student design competition. The competition coincided with the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Students from across the United States, currently enrolled in architectural or interior design programs (graduate and undergraduate) were challenged to design temporary, mobile visitor centers in ARCHICAD, using shipping containers, which could be situated in popular event locations across Philadelphia, the AIA Conference host city. The top three mobile visitor center designs received a total of $3,000 in cash prizes. Numerous entries were received from universities and colleges across the United States. 

"The students approached the challenge with a unique perspective. ARCHICAD gave our winner the tools he needed to shine,” said Jason Lutz, President, AIA West Jersey. "When the BIM tool fuels design freedom and supports creativity – success is nearly a guarantee.” 

First place and a cash award of $1,500 went to Alessandro Pupillo, a graduate of Broward College’s two-year Architecture program. Pupillo plans to enter Florida Atlantic University in the fall to continue his education in Architecture. Second place went to Trevor Houghton, a junior studying Construction Management at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Our third place winner was Akinet Nagdive, a graduate of Iowa State University’s Architecture program, class of 2016. 

Pupillo received formal ARCHICAD training at Broward after first learning AutoCAD at the high school level. Pupillo says he found the transition from that software to ARCHICAD’s 3D modeling to be a simple one. 

“ARCHICAD is extremely user-friendly. I was able to build on experience with AutoCAD and made good use of the competition design template. I have had the opportunity to use a variety of BIM software and can say that I really enjoy working with ARCHICAD.” 

Pupillo’s rendering caught the attention of the distinguished judging panel, assembled from GRAPHISOFT staff, ARCHICAD professors, AIA West Jersey board members, and K&A staff. 

Review of the entries by such an esteemed panel gave the competitors the opportunity to have their skills evaluated by those in the industry who are actively seeking new talent.

“In a competitive job market, students need a well-rounded exposure to BIM solutions. For us and many firms like us, ARCHICAD skills are in high demand,” explained Stephen Schoch, Managing Principal at K&A. “We hope to add to our workforce from the entrant pool, because they bring high value to an existing workflow.”

To see the winning design and to learn more about the grand prize winner, please visit the GRAPHISOFT North America blog, BIM Engine by ARCHICAD.  

About GRAPHISOFT

GRAPHISOFT® ignited the  BIM revolution in 1984 with ARCHICAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects.  GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary  BIMcloud®, the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment;  EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution; and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization.  GRAPHISOFT is part of the  Nemetschek Group

About Kitchen & Associates

With over four decades of design experience and a professional staff selected from a variety of disciplines,  Kitchen & Associatesprovides world-class architecture, engineering, planning, interior design and energy-related consulting services to non-profit organizations, private developers, local municipalities and public agencies throughout the country.

About AIA West Jersey

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is the professional organization that helps architects serve the public’s needs and builds awareness of the role of architects and architecture in American society. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., its 300 plus local chapters represent 87,000 licensed architects and allied professionals. The AIA West Jersey section, formed in 1925, was created to help support local AIA member architects throughout Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem Counties. AIA West Jersey offers its members a variety of programs, continuing education seminars, community outreach, and advocacy, so that the individual members and architectural firms of AIA West Jersey can be of ever increasing service to their local communities. For more information, please visit  aiawestjersey.org.




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