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Checking Back In with Solera Studios

Checking Back In with Solera Studios

Back in March of this year we brought you the story of a (pending certification) Passive House built in South Carolina. The post about David Bitter’s design and how he used ArchiCAD to manage the Passive House design, requirements and data received quite a bit...
Sole Proprietor Combines Skill, ArchiCAD and BIMx for Triple Threat Project Win

Sole Proprietor Combines Skill, ArchiCAD and BIMx for Triple Threat Project Win

Jackson Hole, Wyoming based Chris Lee of Design Associates Architects has been relying on ArchiCAD since the late nineties – to design residential, commercial and industrial projects. As a sole proprietor, Lee says he is always looking for ways to be efficient and help his practice thrive. Lee takes advantage of the powerful combination of his skills and ArchiCAD to be the most efficient and compete with firms of larger size. One of his go-to features of ArchiCAD is BIMx and he exploits it to his advantage time and time again.

Bridging Miles Over the BIM Server, Soltani + leClercq

Bridging Miles Over the BIM Server, Soltani + leClercq

The duo team of Soltani+leClercq is managing a project located thousands of miles away by taking full advantage of the BIM Server in ArchiCAD. The building contains seven apartment units, with those on the uppermost floors set up like villas, with each unit featuring an ample terrace. By all estimates, if the project continues to move forward on schedule, the building should be completed and ready for tenants in January of next year.

Renovate, Innovate, Update – CORE and the Mount Pleasant Library

Renovate, Innovate, Update – CORE and the Mount Pleasant Library

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a single government grant totaling $682,000 which paid for the construction of four public libraries. One of the last Carnegie libraries built in the United States using that grant is the Mount Pleasant Library in Washington, DC. The Mount Pleasant Library was originally built in 1925, and was recently renovated and expanded by DC-based architecture/design firm CORE using ArchiCAD.

The Mount Pleasant Library was recognized for design excellence by the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Honor Award, Unbuilt Category 2009 and the American Institute of Architects DC Chapter, Merit Award for Historic Resources, 2013.

In addition, the Library is seeking LEED Certification for environmentally-friendly design.

AIA Chicago Announces Winners of 2014 Small Projects Awards

AIA Chicago Announces Winners of 2014 Small Projects Awards

The AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards have been announced and ArchiCAD firm, Wrap Architecture has won an award for its “Safe House” design. The city-wide competition that celebrates small-scale work and emerging firms is now in its fourth year. Recently thirteen projects out of a field of 96 entries were recognized at a ceremony held at Architectural Artifacts.

Intense Designs Supported by ArchiCAD

Intense Designs Supported by ArchiCAD

Michael Doll AIA, an architect based in Cedarburg, WI created a skyscraper for the design competition, Evolve 2014. The concept is a public building, “Cevitas Centralis” Latin for “Citizen Central.” It is a building dedicated to public use as opposed to profit driven and would be used as a public gathering place, for performances, meetings and events.

Make Mine Cherry Flavor with Extra ArchiCAD

Make Mine Cherry Flavor with Extra ArchiCAD

Oh Yeah!!! Cue the Kool-Aid pitcher crashing through a cinder block wall… why am I beginning the post this way? Because in his own words, John Black of Lapis Design Partners has admitted to drinking the ArchiCAD Kool-Aid – and this is his story.

Black has been using ArchiCAD since version five. He believes the best thing Autocad ever did was drop their Macintosh platform just at the moment he began looking for a software program. Having been a Mac user, with no plans to change, he was ready to go from hand-drafting right into ArchiCAD. As with many users we’ve interviewed here on the blog, he had two weeks to get up to speed enough to create a design and presentation.

More Productive After Making the Switch

More Productive After Making the Switch

Software transition stories happen all the time, whether we hear about them or not. In learning about the story of an architectural firm switching from one software to another, the reader needs to fully understand the why. One story worth checking out is that of the firm SYLLA INTERNATIONAL.

How to keep files running fast and lean.

How to keep files running fast and lean.

Even the smallest of projects can get bogged down, decreasing the speed of everything from selecting an element to generating the 3D window. While ArchiCAD becoming sluggish is bad in itself, this slowness often raises the potential for file crashes. Even if a project doesn’t slow down, an ill-maintained and operated project can also cause more crashes than you should have to deal with.

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