Back to school, back to ARCHICAD

As the temperatures cool and the daylight gets shorter, not only does autumn approach, so does a new semester at school! As you begin or continue your studies as an up-and-coming architect, it is easy – and FREE – to stay current with the latest Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology.

Students, Teachers and Schools Download GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD for FREE

Head over to MyARCHICAD! This is where you can find the most current version of ARCHICAD for FREE! Download GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD architectural design software and find an entire set of add-on software tools that can extend ARCHICAD’s design capabilities from validating the sustainability of your designs to creating and presenting your design through virtual imagery. ARCHICAD 20 has a completely revised UI (user interface) 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. 

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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.

Sharing: ARCHICAD 20 leads BIM applications again in fully supporting the IFC 4 open-source standard. IFC 4 supports new coordination workflows (Design Transfer View and Reference View) and provides great help when coordinating with other disciplines. Information sharing via purpose-made tools such as BIMx or generic tools such as Excel enables a much wider target group to get involved and use the wealth of information stored in BIM.

Graphical Favorites

Brand new Graphical Favorites provide excellent visual feedback about saved element settings with automatically-generated, colored 2D or 3D thumbnail previews — available instantly for every Tool. This not only helps BIM managers in setting up and enforcing office project templates, but also speeds up everyday design development work.

Renewed Graphical User Interface

ARCHICAD 20 features a completely revamped graphical user interface, making it the most modern-looking BIM application available on the market today. The design language used on the renewed GUI gives ARCHICAD a look and feel much closer to mobile apps than to traditional desktop software, making it especially appealing to the younger generation.

Click here for more information about ARCHICAD 20.

Hey Teach!ArchiCAD 16 for Education

We’ve got your syllabus right here! GRAPHISOFT offers teachers and university lecturers 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.

The presentation materials introduce the conceptual background of BIM, rather than comparing the capabilities of commercial software solutions. The lectures cover various topics, such as how BIM changes the architectural design workflow, construction coordination or sustainable design.

The first lecture provides a generic overview of the fundamentals of architectural representation and as such it is intended for those who want to learn about BIM without having a professional architectural background. – Your Personal Tutor

All the best in ARCHICAD Training & Resources can be found at MyARCHICAD. You’ll want to bookmark that page because after you’ve downloaded your student/teacher/university version of ARCHICAD, there are plenty of tools to help you get acclimated with using the software. 

graphisoft_logoDepending on your learning style, there are many ways to approach learning how to use ARCHICAD. We have articles written by long-time ARCHICAD-using professionals throughout the blog. Our YouTube channel is a veritable treasure chest of ARCHICAD tips and tricks.

Through MyARCHICAD you have all-access to free, step-by-step ARCHICAD tutorials in the ARCHICAD Training Series. These resources help students and teachers alike understand the various functions and workflows of the software.


Stand Out-Be an ARCHICAD Campus Rep

Are you a wiz at learning new software?  Do your classmates usually turn to you with software questions? Flex your BIM software muscles and be an ARCHICAD Campus Rep! 

What do Campus Reps do? 

  • Promote ARCHICAD to classmates
  • Give out swag 
  • Coordinate with GRAPHISOFT to organize ARCHICAD trainings either on-campus or online
  • Learn the basics of ARCHICAD and serve as a resource for other students

In return, you get

  • Awesome resume enhancers including campus leadership and ARCHICAD Skills
  • First to know about ARCHICAD Jobs and Internship

Are you ready to Learn ARCHICAD and Stand Out?!

Yes! I want to be a Campus Rep!  


A year of Firsts (Fridays)

You may have noticed that the title of today’s blog installment has the year added. That’s because we have completed one full year of this “First Fridays for Education” feature on the blog . Since then we’ve cheered the accomplishments of students who have learned and applied ARCHICAD to a successful career. Our first ever student design competition got the spotlight from First Fridays as did the LEED Dream Home contest by the CAD Academy. You’ve seen us at events like Grassroots, AIAS Forums, and on-campus tutorial sessions. 10-01-15-First-Friday-2

We’ve also highlighted ways in which young people are taking advantage of the free resources GRAPHISOFT has been dedicated to providing in support of students and educators throughout North America.

Here’s to another great year!

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