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1999 Graphisoft Prize Results Announced

Winners of Sixth Annual International Design Competition Awarded in Paris

Paris, October 22, 1999

Graphisoft® President Gábor Bojár was pleased to announce the winners of the sixth annual GRAPHISOFT PRIZE international design competition on October 22 at a gala held in Paris for internationally renowned architects and artists.

Through the Graphisoft Prize competition, Graphisoft promotes its Virtual Building™ concept in architectural design and practice. The "virtual building" 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 virtual reality (included with ARCHICAD) as a visualization tool, entrants are challenged to create virtual architecture, drawing from cultural themes.

From the record number of registrations in this year's competition, open to both students and professionals working in architecture and related fields, 30 submissions qualified for the final review.

The winners of 1999 GRAPHISOFT PRIZE international design competition, open to both students and professionals are:

Student Category Professional Category
1st Prize The team of Ms. Erin Colgrave and Mr. Alex Phegan, University of Tasmania, Australia (19992168), theme "The Blue Sky Mine" from the song of the same title by Midnight Oil. The team of Mr. Peter Bach, Architect Instructor, and Péter Hadadi, Technical University of Budapest, Hungary (19992081), theme "The Cheap Hotel", from William Gibson's sci-fi novel, "Neuromancer".

2nd Prize The team of Ms.Adriana Stepanov and Mr. Martin Widmer, FH Aargau, Switzerland (19992204), theme "The Planet of the Businessman", from Antoine De Saint Exupéry's Little Prince. The team of Mr. István Pölös and Ms. Marianna Ilyés, NÁNA Architects, Budapest, Hungary (19992071), theme "The Pharaoh's Palace" from Thomas Mann's "Joseph and his Brothers".

3rd Prize The team of Mr.Yuh Hun NG and Mr.Jimmy Tan Soon Kiong, University of Tasmania, Australia (19992158), theme "The Cheap Hotel", from William Gibson's sci-fi novel, "Neuromancer". No 3rd Prize

Honorable
Mentions

1. The team of Mr. Jaimin Atkins and Mr.Ben Milbourne, University of Tasmania, Australia (19992170), theme "The Cheap Hotel", from William Gibson's sci-fi novel, "Neuromancer".

2. Ms. Dorottya Máthé, University of Fine Arts Budapest, Hungary (19992228), theme "The Pharaoh's Palace" from Thomas Mann's "Joseph and his Brothers".

1. Mr. Toshio Matsuzawa, Tecicobuilness Co. Ltd. Tokyo, Japan (19992060), theme "The Zone" from Tarkovsky's film, "Stalker"

2. The team of Mr. Martin Danak, Peter Osuski and Branislav Loskot, Art Studio Joko in Tmava, Slovakia (19992167), theme "The Cheap Hotel", from William Gibson's sci-fi novel, "Neuromancer".

The 1999 Graphisoft Prize was juried by an esteemed panel called from the international architectural press. Jury members included Jean-Pierre Cousin, editor of Architecture d'Aujourd'hui (France); Sarah Amelar, senior editor at Architectural Record (U.S.); Cathy Slessor, managing editor of The Architectural Review (GB); Christian Schittich, editor-in-chief of Detail (Germany); Ken Aoki, senior editor at Nikkei Architecture (Japan); with French architect Francis Soler serving as president.

Speaking for the entire jury, Francios Soler stated, "The first two student winners this year marked a turning point in the way that we perceive space. Their work merges with the machine, without losing anything of their dreams or their spirit."

The event - coordinated by Graphisoft and Abvent S.A., Graphisoft's Paris-based distributor partner and developer of Artlantis Render - coincided with the opening of "The Quill and the Mouse," an exhibition of the work of renowned French artist Patrice Serres that celebrates the relationship between traditional drawing and electronic art. At the opening ceremony, winning entries from Graphisoft Prize 1999 and past years were displayed, both on computer and as prints, as excellent examples of electronic art.

Press and invited guests also previewed the book Virtual Space 3: Graphisoft Prize International CAD Competition. Released by PACE Publishing Ltd., one of the leading publishing houses in South-East Asia, this large-format hardcover book contains full-color renderings and descriptions of the competition's submissions from 1996-1998, and is accompanied by a CD.

All entrants submitted a 3D "virtual building" file using ARCHICAD as well a series of virtual reality scenes and computer renderings to convey their design intent to the jury. Images of the winning entries will be available on Graphisoft Prize website, www.gsprize.com, by the end of October 1999. Graphisoft also plans to publish and distribute a CD-ROM catalog of winning entries in December 1999.

Prizes awarded in the 1999 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.

Prizes awarded in the 1999 professional category: one first prize: $2,500 cash + $2,500 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any Graphisoft product, one second prize of $1000 cash plus a $1000 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product; no third prize of $500 cash plus a $500 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product; and honorable mentions of a $100 discount coupon for ARCHICAD or any GS product.

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