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Discover a range of stories from architects in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico regions.

Join Us for a Live Q&A

On Tuesday, December 5th - GRAPHISOFT North America will host an interactive meeting featuring Alex Hughes from KURV Architecture in NYC and Anthony Laney from Laney LA in Los Angeles. During the...

Our original digital content series continues with Episode 2: The New Urbanism.

In this episode we feature two prominent ARCHICAD-firms, Chicago, IL-based Landon Bone Baker and Toronto, Canada-based Urban Strategies. These powerhouse firms apply a visionary approach to designing public housing (aka social housing).

As we move through "The New Urbanism" we'll examine the architect's role in creating housing that contributes to vital, vibrant, and successful communities.

The trailer for Episode 2 is now available here.

By Design – By GRAPHISOFT: Episode 2

Our original digital content series continues with Episode 2: The New Urbanism. In this episode we feature two prominent ARCHICAD-firms, Chicago, IL-based Landon Bone Baker and Toronto, Canada-based...

The S.O.B. and The Hardhat

  There are those not embarrassed to be called sidewalk superintendents: the millionaire in his unstructured blazer, the local loafer in his peppermint cable knit, the schoolgirl in her pleated...

“[ARCHICAD is] Undoubtedly the best design tool available to architects today”

AOME Architects

“[ARCHICAD] has given my office an edge… We have been able to take on more projects and increase profits.”

Mittmann Architect

“[Using ARCHICAD] has changed my life… My productivity is perhaps 3x what it was, with a fraction of the stress. “

Green Design Build LLC

EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

My brain hurts. And I am reminded of the graphs I drew over at Shoegnome on why people fail at BIM. Take a quick moment and read it. Then come back here. Read it? Good. Because we're about to embark...

Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Here's a quote from my last post on Element IDs and the Element ID Manager: "All 3D elements (including grids and zones) as well as fills have an Element ID. Lines, Polylines, Dimensions, Text, and...

Order AND Complexity

I've been thinking a lot about Order and Chaos... If you haven't read the Slate article A Unified Theory of Muppet Types, find time to read it after you're done with this post (or pause and read...

Adding Legibility to Details

Last week I wrote about rethinking what elevations created in ArchiCAD could look like. Today I want to expand those ideas to details (and also plans, sections, etc.). In preparation for my talks at...

The Evolution of an Elevation

A few recent BIM-related encounters all pointed to a similar question/want: why can't ArchiCAD handle element edges in elevation to mimic the heavy air lines of a hand-drawn elevation? It's a good...

Static Thoughts – Part 3

Other Thoughts This is the third part in my series on Static Thoughts. I'm not looking to be all encompassing and comprehensive. Instead I want to spur your imagination into the different functions...

BIMcomponents.com + manuBIM

In early September we got our first Wish Upon an Object from BIMcompenents.com. Now just a few weeks later comes the next installment: Ceiling Editor US Once again we get a wonderfully built object...

Static Thoughts – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post from earlier in the week, I talked about the propagation of changes in an ArchiCAD model (for good and ill). I shared some thoughts on both preventions and cures. I now want...

Static Thoughts – Part 1

Everything is linked! Changes made in plans propagate to sections, elevations, schedules, and 3D views! It's all coordinated. This is the world we live in when we use ArchiCAD. And it's great. But...

Missing and Lost, but Not Gone Forever

This has happened to all of us. You add a new object or make a change and then the element is gone. You know you didn’t delete it. But it’s gone. It’s not time to panic. It’s time to think… okay “It...

Quick Tip: Element vs Object

Here's a quick test. Which is correct: A) "Hi boss, check out this BIM model I've been working on!" or B) "Hey boss, here's that BIM you were asking for." The answer is B. It's not a Building...

Download ArchiCAD 16 Trial

ArchiCAD 16, the software voted Best in Show by Architosh magazine has begun shipping! That's good news for you because beginning Tuesday, July 10th a trial version of ArchiCAD 16 will be available...

Announcing ArchiCAD 16

GRAPHISOFT is announcing the latest version of premium BIM design software for architects, ArchiCAD 16. ArchiCAD 16 will be released on May 30, 2012, with shipment to customers beginning within a...

Why Choose ArchiCAD BIM?

Kurt Ameringer was interviewed while on the show floor at GreenBuild Toronto - he spoke about some key points to consider when deciding to switch to a BIM method for designing, constructing and...

Align View – Creative Imaging in ArchiCAD

The Align View Function in Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD, allows you the architect to offer value to your clients. When designing an addition or renovation to an existing building, it is valuable to see and...

IFC Made Easy

Because more firms are embracing BIM as the preferred design tool, questions are arising about how to work together more efficiently. As the old standards of DWG and PDF exchange are slowly fading away, BIM offers a better exchange of information allowing the exchange of intelligent 3D data. This is obviously more valuable as the data is being used for things such as energy analysis and facilities management. So what is the best way to exchange this data with the people you work with? The new standard is evolving around IFCs.

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