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1998 Graphisoft Prize Winners Announced

Winners of Fifth Annual International Design Competition Announced at 3D Festival in Malmö, Sweden

Malmö, Sweden ­ October 16, 1998

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Graphisoft President Gábor Bojár was pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual GRAPHISOFT PRIZE international design competition in a keynote speech delivered Friday, October 16, at the 3D Festival in Malmö, Sweden.

Winners of the 1998 competition, open to both students and professionals, are:

Student Category:

1st Prize:The Team of Andrew Maynard and Stephen Mees, Australia, University of Tasmania

Theme: The Ballroom of the Devil from Bulgakov's Novel Master and Margarita

2nd Prize:Gordon Rossol Germany, Architectural School of Dessau

Theme: Bluebeard's Castle from the Opera of Béla Bartók

3rd Prize: Daniel Koh, Australia, University of Tasmania

Theme: "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

Honorable Mentions:

1. Jad Silvester, Australia, University of Tasmania ("Heartbreak Hotel" by Elvis Presley)

2. Herbert Peter, Austria, Technical University of Vienna (Faust's House and Laboratory from Goethe's Faust)





Professional Category:

No 1st Prize

2nd Prize: Branislav Drgon, Slovak Republic, Art Studio Joko, Trnava

Theme: The Ballroom of the Devil from Bulgakov's Novel Master and Margarita

3rd Prize: Ákos Ginder, Hungary, Studio "A", Nyíregyháza

Theme: The Ballroom of the Devil from Bulgakov's Novel Master and Margarita

Honorable Mentions:

Darlene A Brady, USA, Archi-Textures, Cincinnati, Ohio
Theme: "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

The competition promoting the innovative use of CAD software in architecture was juried in Malmö, Sweden on Thursday, October 15, by a prestigious international panel of judges including Mr. George Lam B.Sc. (Hons) ARICS, publisher of PACE PUBLISHING Ltd, Hong Kong; Dr. Jonas af Klercker, architect SAR and associate professor of CAAD at Lund University and Institute of Technology, Sweden; Dr.Jorn Skauge, associate professor at the School of Architecture, Aarhus, Denmark; and Mr. Paul Panter, principal of Panter Architekten, Berlin, Germany.

The competition produced more than 300 registrations and about 50 final entries submitted in electronic format. All entrants submitted a 3D "virtual building" file using ARCHICAD as well a series of VR virtual reality scenes and computer renderings to convey their design intent to the jury. Detailed results and images will be available on Graphisoft's website, www.graphisoft.com, beginning October 26, 1998. Graphisoft also plans to publish and distribute a CD-ROM catalog of winning entries in December 1998.

In addition, Hong Kong based PACE Publishing Ltd., one of the leading publishing houses in South-East Asia, will publish a hard-cover, large format book dedicated to the GRAPHISOFT PRIZE containing the selected entries from the 1996-1998 competitions. The 200 page book will be in English and Chinese and contain a CD, images and descriptions from the participants' submissions. The GRAPHISOFT PRIZE book is planned to be launched at the UIA (International Union of Architects) Conference in Peking in 1999.

Prizes awarded in the 1998 non-student category: one second prize of $1000 cash plus a $1000 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product; one third prize of $500 cash plus a $500 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product; and an honorable mention of a $100 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product.

Prizes awarded in the 1998 student category: one first prize of a traveling fellowship for two plus $1000 cash and ARCHICAD university version; one second prize of a traveling fellowship for two plus $500 cash and ARCHICAD university version; one third prize of a traveling fellowship for one plus $500 cash and ARCHICAD student version; and honorable mentions of ARCHICAD student version licenses.

Through the 1998 GRAPHISOFT PRIZE, Graphisoft continues to explore and promote the concept of the "virtual building" in architectural design and practice. Graphisoft's virtual building concept embodies the integration of building data through intelligent objects, powerful visualization and communication tools, and access to building information at all times. Using ARCHICAD as a design tool and VR virtual reality (included with ARCHICAD) as a visualization tool, the annual GRAPHISOFT PRIZE challenges students and non-students to create "virtual architecture" drawing from cultural themes as diverse as Béla Bartók's Bluebird Castle, to Marcel Carné's Hotel du Nord, to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". This is the fifth year that the GRAPHISOFT PRIZE has rewarded architectural students and non-students for pushing the frontiers of architectural expression using CAD software.

Graphisoft is a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software solutions for the architectural profession and the building industry. Founded in 1982, Graphisoft is ranked today among the largest AEC CAD software developers in the world, with 12 offices all over the world in addition to its headquarters. Graphisoft's flagship product, ARCHICAD, is used by more than 75,000 architects worldwide and distributed in 25 languages and 80 countries. Shares of Graphisoft are traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange Neuer Markt under the symbol GPH. More information about Graphisoft is available at www.graphisoft.com.