The long-established relationship between ARCHICAD and Education initiatives has been proven successful on many fronts. We’re proud of our well-known policy of supplying ARCHICAD software for free to students, colleges, high schools and universities. Here, we celebrate the successes of some of those students as they develop career-ready skills and portfolios. 

Livin’ the LEED Dream Home! 

Once again, high school students from across the United States put their ARCHICAD knowledge to work competing in an annual National LEED Dream Home contest, sponsored by Arizona-based STEM curriculum developer, the CAD Academy.

The CAD Academy® provides instructors throughout the United States a way to give students an opportunity to get hands-on experience with BIM software, namely ARCHICAD. As a secondary and post-secondary engineering and architectural program, the CAD Academy designed its curriculum to inspire a new generation of engineers and architects at a price educators can afford. Their annual contest requires participants to comply with LEED requirements while designing their project in ARCHICAD, software provided by GRAPHISOFT. 

“This year we had a tie for first place.  We actually sent back the projects for a second judging to see if we could break the tie, but came back with the same tie,” said Stephanie Kvamme, CAD Academy President. “Students learned about BIM by using ARCHICAD a BIM modeler and learned about green and sustainable design from videos and from their instructors.”

Congratulations to all students and instructors who had entries in this contest for an exceptional job done. We are proud to present the winning entries.

EAST Excels at Level Up Conference

Lorena Garcia and Lezli Martinez pose with Shaun Hughes, BIM Solutions Manager, GRAPHISOFT North America

Can you say “three-peat”? The Batesville Junior High’s EAST students can! They’re celebrating their third-year win competing in a national competition against hundreds of schools. EAST students took first place in the ARCHICAD Division of the Level Up Conference.

The design for a local Hispanic Christian Church in Batesville created by Lorena Garcia and Lezli Martinez in ARCHICAD won. The young ladies overheard the church’s pastor discussing plans for a new building and decided to use it for their entry.

Selecting a project that had personal meaning to Garcia and Martinez fell directly in line with the intent of the competition. EAST is designed to inspire young people to make an impact in the community – that personal involvement usually translates into the students working extra hard.


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