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The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership named 2004 Arizona Architectural Firm of the Year

Office culture, design perspective and ARCHICAD technology helps drive firm to #1

Phoenix, Arizona - October 4, 2004 - The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership, the largest architectural firm in Arizona, was named Arizona's 2004 Architectural Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The award distinguishes the firm for its outstanding and continued commitment to its clients and the betterment of the architectural industry. With a portfolio that spans three decades and has resulted in more than $2 billion in construction projects, the architectural firm has implemented a ground-breaking management style and ARCHICAD-based business strategy that allows designs to be developed through an interactive process.

"This award recognizes the continued collaboration among individuals in a firm that has produced distinguished architecture over a period of 10 years," commented Robert Lemond, FAIA, one of three members of the jury for the American Institute of Architects award. "The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership submission best delineated the collaborative aspects of their work."

The business culture at The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership has been a leading driver for its continued and recognized success. The firm's managing partners are committed to innovation in architectural practices, utilizing cutting-edge design tools and employing the best and the brightest team of architectural professionals. In addition, the firm's philosophy defines the design process as a fully collaborative effort with the client and all the parties that client represents. With its interactive environment that encourages teamwork and communication between team members, the firm has increased its level of production and enhanced client participation in projects.

"From the day The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership opened its doors, we made it our practice to incorporate the needs, history and business goals of our clients into our designs," says Paul Winslow, Partner, The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership. "Every decision we make, from the Virtual Building software we deploy to how we communicate with our clients, occurs in support of this strategy, and we are truly honored that our approach has been recognized by the AIA."

The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership prides itself on incorporating all perspectives of a building into the design phase - from a hospital's doctors and staff to the patients and visitors, for example. This unique approach has given The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership a distinct competitive advantage, with 90 percent of all clients hiring the firm to work on subsequent projects.

"Through two large projects and several smaller ones, we have always been impressed with the integrity and professionalism of Orcutt/Winslow, with their absolute reliability and with their ability to treat us like we are their most important client. The personal involvement of the partners in all of the planning sessions speaks volumes of their commitment to meeting our needs," said Dan Coleman, President and CEO of John C. Lincoln Health Network. "Orcutt/Winslow is an extraordinary firm. It brings all the creativity and professionalism you could want, and combines this with an unexcelled ability to then execute projects in the best possible manner."

The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership's success in building longstanding relationships with its clients is supported by the firm's use of Graphisoft's ARCHICAD. With the Virtual Building model, The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership has been able to shorten the time required for documentation, resolve design conflicts before sending a team to the field and, ultimately, produce better documents. In addition, the firm's ability to capture all views of a design, in both two and three-dimensions, and communicate those designs with a virtual model of the building that clients can easily understand, consistently results in increased customer satisfaction.

"The AIA's recognition of The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership illustrates that this firm is truly ahead of the curve, and we are proud that ARCHICAD has helped it achieve this accolade," said Don Henrich, Vice President and General Manager of Graphisoft U.S. "The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership's use of Virtual Building technology in its business practices is setting a high standard for other firms to emulate."