For more than 30 years the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) has been preparing the future leaders in architecture through the Grassroots Leadership Conference. Bringing together more than 300 architecture students, AIAS chapter presidents, AIAS Freedom by Design directors, and other emerging professionals, the Grassroots Conference teaches students how to think like a leader while exploring innovative and cutting-edge architectural theories, technologies and application.

This year the theme was #SuccessSeekers. “If you want to empower yourself to grow, then you are making a conscious decision to better yourself; you are a success seeker!” Keeping with this theme Vincent Boutaud, Graphisoft BIM Consultant, and Sarah Parrillo, Education Program Coordinator, presented on how students can Stand Out Among the Crowd.

After a jam-packed day of networking and demonstrations, students and presenters had an opportunity to mingle and enjoy some BBQ at the AIA and AIAS National Headquarters. The following day consisted of more opportunities to network and Graphisoft’s 90-minute Design: Practice workshop where students learned the fundamentals of ARCHICAD, Rhino – Grasshopper – ARCHICAD live connection, BIMx and the VR functionality added to BIMx with Google Cardboard viewers. We were pleased to present a special screening of By Design, the award-winning original digital content series by Graphisoft.

If you missed the presentation or want to learn more about ARCHICAD please contact Don’t forget to download the latest version of ARCHICAD at!

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