Articles

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

Why are My Library Parts Missing?

In ARCHICAD, you can store objects and textures inside the project (so called Embedded Library) or in external locations (so called Linked library). To check and manage the project libraries use the Library Manager.

“[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

Life Beyond Sustainability?

The 140-bed hospital complex stops time, like a long-lost friend you run into where you’d least expect to. In such a surprise occurrence, past and future appear to come to a standstill. Here, just...

Quad Conferences Begin!

March Madness - without the orange ball This March marks the beginning of a series of regional conferences held annually in the spring in the Northeast, South, Midwest and West Quads. Hosted by...

Random Path to Mastery

I don't like aspirational purchases, especially ones related to my business. I'm not one to spend money on something that "I swear I'll learn." There are so many great software and technology...

Announcing BIMcloud Update

BIMcloud has some changes and new features Much has changed since BIMcloud was first introduced some two years ago. If you need to become reacquainted with this powerful feature, this introductory...

Ipso Prestbo!

ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) 2016 last November was, as expected, the busiest, bustlingest building industry event in the Northeast. And yet by closing day November 17, the aftershock of the...

Messy, But Not Too

A 3,500-acre retreat in the Western Ghats of India: a 100-room lodge, a spa with 12 villas…cultural programming demonstrating the role of the music, art, and literature in promoting a sustainable...

Our clients need to see our designs in VR

BIMx and VR: the first encounter At least twenty-five people attended our most recent Seattle Area ARCHICAD User Group. Having run and organized user groups since 2009, I was very pleased with the...

Mamou-Mani, Maker

Like explorers heading their tiny craft upstream, a pair of bicyclists float over the sands of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. A dust storm shrouds them from 60,000 more inhabitants of their pop-up...

Conquering BIM: never do just one thing

Part One: Never do just one thing In my first post about Project Info, I ended with this statement about automation and coordination: "It's an old ARCHICAD adage that if you're going to see...

Doris Sung And The Surly Strongman

If you are one to break into architectural studios in the middle of the night, think twice about breaking into dO|Su in Los Angeles. There, its principal Doris Sung keeps her collection of critters,...

Mix Master

In his Crown Heights, Brooklyn, studio last year Charles Goldman was reading the New York Times. After weighing its symbolic value as a “spreader of information,” he launched a series of “plop...

Intelligent Dumbing (2016)

Good BIM practices require us to include as much information as we know, as early as possible. Often this results in educated guesses, placeholders, and an avalanche of specificity that frightens...

Tunnel Visions

Lisa Schon remembers holding the bird in a piece of cloth. Its tiny eyes turned to stare at her, bewildered. “I could feel its heart beating like mad,” says Schon. “The bird was terrified, and at...

The importance of Project Info – Part 2

This is Part 2 of my thoughts on the importance of Project Info; it's mostly a hodgepodge of ideas that didn't fit into the previous post. If you haven't read Part 1, I suggest you start there. Days...

The importance of Project Info – Part 1

Last summer I wrote an article called Label-mania! Where does your data live? In it I talked about view based data, element based data and project based data. The article focused on linking element...

Grateful for GIFs? With ARCHICAD, YES!

Give Gratitude all Month During the month of November, which is often associated with a period of gratitude, we invite you to extend that gratitude to your favorite software. It is easy – and FREE –...

Bore No More

 While your bridges soar your website snores. What happens when an architecture or engineering partnership’s commitment to strength, utility and beauty falls short digitally—adequate but hardly...

Forget One Click and It Won’t Work

Here's the story of the day I forgot how to use the Mesh Tool.   I was making changes to a project, a lake cabin in western Washington done in conjunction with Cary Westerbeck of Westerbeck |...

Sign Up and Save!

The Wait is Over—Sign Up Today for the Only Conference that's 100% ARCHICAD! The GRAPHISOFT BIM 2017 North America User Conference, March 22nd - 24th, Las Vegas Once again, GRAPHISOFT is bringing...

Welcome to the New Free Marketing Economy

True or False? Social media advocacy marketing just doesn’t work for design firms. The content being posted is just too subtle, or too confidential, and the stakes far too high.    After all, what...

 Three Motives That Drive Social Media

A deep intranet silence blankets the firm’s many branches like a heavy snowfall, which only makes today’s message even louder: Why did Sherri Z., AIA, LEED make Managing Partner, and not Alex P.,...

Make Likes (and New Business), Not War

I’m not particularly fond of the term marketing strategy, and never have been. In fact, hearing it used would make me run for cover — call me paranoid, but who knew what “strategy” ultimately lay in...

Pen Sets, Part Nine: Graphic Overrides

This is the ninth post in my endless series on Pens and Pen Sets in ARCHICAD. In this article I'll cover how Graphic Overrides have affected Pens and Pen Sets and then discuss a number of examples....

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