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Kirksey And Partners Architects Makes ARCHICAD Their Standard

Innovative Firm Cites Graphisoft's Virtual Building Concept as Key

San Francisco, CA - April 12, 1999

Kirksey And Partners Architects, one of the most successful architecture and interior architecture firms in the southern United States, today announced that it has made ARCHICAD its CAD standard with the purchase of 70 licenses from CADeshack, Graphisoft's Houston-based value-added reseller (VAR).

In an effort to significantly enhance its CAD productivity, the 84-person firm - which is growing from 30 to 50 percent annually - will rely heavily on ARCHICAD's teamwork capabilities to support its own innovative and highly-successful team approach to specific projects.

"Our existing CAD environment, composed of CADVANCE and AutoCAD, simply wasn't capable of taking us in the direction we wanted to go. We needed a solution that could handle every phase of design, collaboration and documentation, and after an exhaustive evaluation, determined that ARCHICAD is that solution," comments David Larrew, former CAD manager and now head of Kirksey And Partners Architect's Visualization Team.

Kirksey And Partners Architects is currently involved in the large-scale revitalization of downtown Houston with several projects including the complete renovation of the 21-story Travis Tower - 474,000-sq ft with a new 10-level parking garage - and the 31-story One City Centre - 755,000-sq ft with a new 8-level parking garage.

Other local projects include One BriarLake Plaza -- a new 20-story office building in outer Houston -- and the recently completed Student Center, including a 1,000-seat auditorium, for Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.

"Given the extensive evaluation that Kirksey And Partners Architects conducted, the decision to base their entire practice on ARCHICAD is a very meaningful endorsement," comments Graphisoft U.S. President Tamás Hajas. "The flexibility and level of support that Graphisoft in conjunction with CADeshack is able to provide makes us the perfect fit for their business."

About Kirksey And Partners Architects
Founded in 1971 and located in Houston, Texas, Kirksey And Partners Architects is now one of the most successful architecture and interior architecture firms in the southern United States. Of the 84 employees, 75 are architects (approximately 40 percent are registered) and nine are administrative. The five lead principals, each averaging 18 years with the firm, have a combined 110 years of professional experience, with 100 of those working together as a team. With an innovative corporate structure, Kirksey And Partners Architects is built around eight teams focused on specific project types (Commercial, Renovation, Special Use, Education, Retail, Interior Architecture, Hospitality, and Healthcare) and a committee structure involving 60 percent of the firm.

About CADeshack
CADeshack is a Houston-based VAR of 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software products for the architectural and building professions. In addition to ARCHICAD sales and support, other products and services include training, website software sales and specialty consulting. Founded in 1997, CADeshack is a sister company to two other design/build groups directed by J.T. Burk, a licensed architect in 16 states.

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