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1997 GRAPHISOFT® PRIZE Winners Announced at A/E/C Systems '97

San Francisco, July 1, 1997

The 1997 Graphisoft Prize Student CAD Competition culminated with a jury and the first architectural webcast on June 18 at A/E/C Systems in Philadelphia. More than $30,000 of prizes were awarded including hardware configurations, donations, and software. This year's competition, which drew entries from around the world, asked architecture students to use ARCHICAD® and Apple's QuickTime® VR to create architectural models from works of literature and culture such as Bartok's "Bluebeard's Castle" and Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities to Douglas Adams' Restaurant at the End of the Universe. This competition was the fourth sponsored by Graphisoft and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

In addition to the AIAS, this year's Graphisoft Prize was co-sponsored by Apple Computer's "Masters of Design," Architectural Record Magazine, and The Architectural Review. Apple Computer's "Masters of Design" donated more than $10,000 of computers to the prize winners.

Graphisoft and Design Architecture, the Electronic Journal of Architecture and Design, collaborated to deliver the first ever live webcast of an architectural jury from the show floor complete with live web cams, screen shots of the entries and a live chat with live audio feed of the entire selection process. Names and VRs of the winning entries can be seen on the Graphisoft web site at and an archive of the jury will be available on the Design Architecture site at Graphisoft will also publish a CD-ROM catalog of the winners and other selected entries this summer.

"This was the most successful live event we've ever done; we had over 2,000 people tuned in online. We've had tremendous response ever since with comments about the webcast and everyone is asking for more," said Dan Cornish of Design Architecture.

The projects were judged by Robert Ivey, FAIA, Architectural Record; Barbara Hillier, AIA, The Hillier Group; Craig Spangler, AIA, Associate Principal, Ballinger; Katherine Slesser, Senior Editor of the Architectural Review; and Cassius Peeler, Vice-President of the AIAS.

The winning projects are:

  • First Prize: Akos Ignac Ginder from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslovia. Project was Asgard from Norse Mythology and Marvel Comics. Award: Traveling fellowship or two + $2500 cash + ARCHICAD software + a high-end Macintosh configuration.
  • Second Prize: Jad Silvester and Todd Henderson from University of Tasmania. Project was Church of Reason from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, by A. Pirsig. Award: Traveling fellowship for two + $1000 cash + ARCHICAD software + a mid-range Macintosh configuration.
  • Third Prizes:
    • Ivan Lopez and Sebastian Cerda from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Project was Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. Award: Traveling fellowship for two + $500 cash + ARCHICAD software.
    • Jorg Fichna and Raoul Tomada from the Westf;älische Wilhelms University at Münster in Germany. Project was Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams. Award: Traveling fellowship for two + $500 cash + ARCHICAD software.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Alejandro Leon, Felipe De La Jara and Victor Jara from Chile. Project as Asgard from Norse Mythology. Award: 12 month ARCHICAD Student Version License.
    • Bogdan Ristivojevic and Zoran L. Pantelic from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Project was Invisible Cities. Award: 12 month ARCHICAD Student Version License.
    • Carrie L. Warner, Elizabeth Milnarik, and J. Vincent Bates from University of Illinois. Project was House of the Spirits by Isabelle Allende. Award: 12 month ARCHICAD Student Version License.
    • Karen Slusar, Frederick J. Miller and John Davis from University of Illinois. Project was Invisible Cities. Award: 12 month ARCHICAD Student Version License.

Background about the competition

Graphisoft and the AIAS opened the competition to all students to demonstrate ARCHICAD's and Apple's revolutionary computer-based visualization technology. Using ARCHICAD as a design tool, and QuickTime® VR as a visualization tool, (Graphisoft's ARCHICAD is the first application with the ability to produce its own QuickTime® VR movies directly from the project file), competitors were invited to interpret works which have been destroyed or have never physically existed, but are nevertheless "real" in our culture. Through these projects, QuickTime® VR technology and ARCHICAD were used in an unprecedented design process with a unique emphasis on realizing the architectural content of myths, legends, literary works and musical pieces while exploring the potential impact of technology on architectural design.

Background about Graphisoft

Founded in Budapest, Hungary in 1982, Graphisoft develops, sells and supports ARCHICAD and other technology for the building industry. Available for Windows 95/NT and Mac OS, ARCHICAD is sold in more than 80 countries and in 19 languages. Graphisoft is dedicated to providing the highest quality service and support to the architectural profession, universities and the almost 30,000 architects and builders using ARCHICAD worldwide. A privately held company, Graphisoft reported 1996 worldwide sales of $19.1M and is the #5 AEC software company on personal computers in the world according to Dataquest.

ARCHICAD is an integrated two-and three-dimensional CAD package for architectural design and the recipient of several awards including 1994 Best New CAD Software by MacUser Magazine (Eddy Award), "best architectural CADD" for six years in a row by the Boston Society of Architects, First Place Winner in the prestigious Computer Graphics World's 1995 Editors' Choice Awards and an Editors' Choice Award as "Best Architectural CAD Software" in last year's 3D Designers CAD Shootout.

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

For more information please contact:

Catherine Dale
Graphisoft U.S., Inc., San Francisco, CA
Phone: (1.415) 703 9777
Fax: (1.415) 703 9770