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Eighth annual international design competition features special prize for "Student Project of the Year"

Budapest - February 8, 2001 - Graphisoft®, developer of ARCHICAD and the revolutionary Virtual Building™ concept of 3D architectural design, is calling for entries to its annual Graphisoft Prize international design competition.

Since 1993, the Graphisoft Prize has inspired architectural students and professionals to push the frontiers of architectural expression using CAD software, and invited them to delve into the unbridled imaginations of some of our collective culture's greatest minds. Each year, a large variety of themes is drawn from literature, film, poetry, mythology, music and fine art to fascinate and inspire competitors from all parts of the globe.

The themes for the 2001 GRAPHISOFT PRIZE include:

This year's competition also includes a special section, offering entrants the chance to submit their student work for consideration as the "Student Project of the Year."

The 2000 Graphisoft Prize competition drew a record number of registrations. Among the winning entrants was 1st prize winner architect Sam Rajamanickam from Design Collective Inc. of the United States who re-cretaed Francis Ford Coppola's Cotton Club. The Student Project of the Millennium went to Miklós Riedel from the Technical University of Budapest for the reconstruction of a baroque gun powder magazine.

Through Graphisoft Prize, Graphisoft continues to explore and promote the concept of the Virtual Building in architectural design and practice. Graphisoft's Virtual Building embodies the integration of building data, powerful visualization and communication tools, access to building information at all times, and the ability to use intelligent building products (objects) provided directly by manufacturers.

The 2001 Graphisoft Prize competition is free and open to students and professionals of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, or an allied discipline from any country. Competitors must register at Individuals or teams of up to three students or professionals may enter. A jury of renowned experts in the architectural field will meet in December to judge the qualifying entries and award prizes.

Submission requirements include a complete ARCHICAD archive file, at least five rendered scenes using virtual reality (VR), a keyplan showing VR nodes, plans, elevations, sections suitable to convey design intent, and computer animation and still renderings. The competition makes extensive use of the Internet and the best entries will be presented on the Graphisoft Prize website. ARCHICAD pioneered the use of virtual reality for architecture in 1995 and has continued to develop and enhance its VR capabilities.

Complete details of the program are available on the Graphisoft Prize website,, as of February 8, 2001. Entries will be due at one of Graphisoft's offices (Budapest, San Francisco, Munich, Bristol, Tokyo, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Santiago de Chile) on October 31, 2001. An ftp site will also be set up where competitors can upload their entries.

Prizes to be awarded in this year's competition are:

Entries that receive an Honorable Mention will also be included on the Graphisoft Prize CD.
Graphisoft anticipates publishing winning entries on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web.