Habitat for Humanity Recognizes Graphisoft's Commitment to Affordable Housing
ARCHICAD Donation Program Enters Fifth Year With Version 6.5 Now Available to Affiliates
San Francisco, CA - October 21, 1999
Graphisoft, developer of the Virtual Building concept of 3D architectural design, enters the fifth year of donating its ARCHICAD software to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States. ARCHICAD version 6.5 will be available to them in early November 1999.
Over 160 Habitat for Humanity affiliates use ARCHICAD to design affordable and now 'green' houses and communities. With Graphisoft's easy to use program, project architects are able to improve significantly on the design and function of Habitat houses and create 3D images and virtual reality scenes to better communicate their designs to homeowners and the community at large.
"Graphisoft's partnership with Habitat for Humanity is deeply appreciated," said David Styles, assistant director of corporate programs for Habitat for Humanity International. "The donation of ARCHICAD software has given Habitat affiliates a sophisticated and effective tool for designing houses that fit well into the neighborhoods where they are built. Graphisoft has contributed significantly to Habitat's mission of building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need."
Graphisoft began its partnership with Habitat in 1994 when it donated a single copy of ARCHICAD 4.5 for use at their headquarters in Americus, GA. Peter Dalva, who was head of design at that time, used ARCHICAD to create the first Habitat for Humanity Plan Book and in doing so realized how much their affiliates would also benefit from using the software. Through its newsletter, Habitat publicized Graphisoft's offer to donate ARCHICAD to affiliates, and the program blossomed. Over the past five years, Graphisoft has continually provided ARCHICAD and ARCHICAD upgrades to affiliates upon request. Currently, about one million dollars of ARCHICAD software is now in use by Habitat affiliates.
"Our commitment to architecture is pervasive; from the development of ARCHICAD to our corporate vision and philanthropic activities," affirms Graphisoft U.S. President Tamás Hajas. "We know from experience that better design means better buildings and in the case of Habitat homeowners, improved quality of life."
Graphisoft's commitment to Habitat extends well beyond the value of the software it donates. ARCHICAD users and Graphisoft's network of value added resellers volunteer for Habitat projects in communities across the country. Recently, reseller Bruce Cousins, AIA, president of StudioV, participated as lead architect and mobilized local ARCHICAD users for Metro Denver Habitat's "Summer Build." Cousins used ARCHICAD to design the first "zero lot line" Habitat community of its kind in the U.S. He appeared on Denver television KUSA with the virtual reality scenes he created of the community, and in a technology feature in the Rocky Mountain News. Through these efforts, Graphisoft has been instrumental in helping raise awareness of Habitat's important work.
For more information on ARCHICAD version 6.5, please visit our website at www.graphisoft.com.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It works in partnership with people in need throughout the world to build simple, decent shelter that is sold to them at no profit, through no-interest loans. Funds, building materials and labor are donated by individuals, churches, corporations and other organizations who share their goal of eliminating substandard housing in the world. Founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller with his wife Linda, Habitat is headquartered in Americus, GA.
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 www.graphisoft.com.