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Results of the 2001 Graphisoft Prize Announced

ARCHICAD's Virtual Building™ concept helped entrants to imagine, design and construct temples on the Nile, balconies in Verona, and Dante's idea of paradise

Budapest, December 11, 2001 - Graphisoft's eighth annual international virtual building design competition - The Graphisoft Prize - was juried at Graphisoft's headquarters in Budapest, Hungary, December 6-8, by esteemed members of the international architectural press.

Using ARCHICAD as a design tool and virtual reality as a visualization tool, entrants were challenged to create virtual architecture, drawing from a list of cultural themes. The winners of the 2001 Graphisoft Prize, open to both students and professionals, were announced at the closing event of the three-day jury.

First Prize was awarded to the team of Mr. Hartmut Liebster and Ms. Bergit Hillner of HTWK Leipzig, Germany for The Library from Jorge Luis Borges' short story the Library of Babel;

Second Prize, also for The Library from Jorge Luis Borges' short story the Library of Babel went to Mr. Andrei Radu of Gh. Asachi Technical University, Rumania;

Third Prize went to the team of Ms. Susanne Oeltjen, Mr. Wong Hong Chun and Ms. Lee Swee Wei of the University of Tasmania, Australia for The Gion Quarter in Arthur Golden's novel The Memoirs of a Geisha

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

Ms. Antje Black, of FachHochschule Wismar, Germany for The Two Towers from Tolkien's novel the Lord of the Rings;

The team of Mr. Jürgen Dorn and Mr. Olaf Kriseleit of Architekturbüro Inken Baller, Germany for The Library from Jorge Luis Borges' short story the Library of Babel and to

The team of Ms. Alisa Ward and Ms. Danica Taylor of the University of Tasmania, Australia for The Gion Quarter in Arthur Golden's novel The Memoirs of a Geisha.

The special prize for Student Project of The Year was awarded to Mr. Bálint Kádár of Technical University of Budapest, Hungary for The Virtual Reconstruction of the Holy Land Church of Farkas Molnár.

Honorable mentions was awarded to:

Mr. Hung-Ping Chen of the University of Nottingham, UK for The Green Century Expo in Earth Center, South Yorkshire.

Through the Graphisoft Prize competition, Graphisoft promotes its Virtual Building<™ concept in architectural design and practice. Entrants submitted complete design documentation, including ARCHICAD plan files, color renderings, QuickTime VR scenes and animations to convey their design intent to the jury.

The jury stated, "Because of even more challenging themes this year, resulting in more mature architectural thinking and technically proficient presentations, the jury had a tough but stimulating time in deciding the winners. Entrants showed less reliance on ARCHICAD for the creation of cinematic effects, but more on its capabilities for modeling and detailing, which the jury found particularly encouraging".

Jury members included Jerry Laiserin, FAIA, contributing editor of Architectural Record (US, jury president), Jean-Pierre Cousin, technical editor of Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (France); Catherine Slessor, managing editor of The Architectural Review (UK); Christian Schittich, editor-in-chief of Detail (Germany), and Mihály Vargha, editor-in-chief of architectural e-Magazine Építészfórum (Hungary). This was the second year in which students and professionals vied for the same prizes, as jurors in previous years observed that there was no difference in professionalism, creativity and overall quality between the two categories of submissions.

Prizes awarded:
One First Prize: $5000 cash + $2,500 coupon for ARCHICAD or any Graphisoft product; promotion in Graphisoft's advertising in a major international architectural magazine; inclusion on the Graphisoft Prize CD of winning entries, with 50,000 copies distributed worldwide

One Second Prize: $2,000 cash + $1,000 coupon for ARCHICAD or any Graphisoft product; inclusion on the Graphisoft Prize CD of winning entries, with 50,000 copies distributed worldwide

One Third Prize: $1000 cash + $500 coupon for ARCHICAD or any Graphisoft product; inclusion on the Graphisoft Prize CD of winning entries, with 50,000 copies distributed worldwide

Honorable Mentions: Inclusion on the Graphisoft Prize CD of winning entries, with 50,000 copies distributed worldwide.

Prize awarded for The Student Project of the Year:
Traveling fellowship for two + $1,000 cash + ARCHICAD software (university version)
Images of the winning entries will be available on Graphisoft Prize website, www.gsprize.com, by mid-December. Graphisoft also plans to publish and distribute a CD-ROM catalog of winning entries in March 2002.