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Texas A&M College of Architecture Embraces ARCHICAD

Campus Houses Nation's Most Progressive Visualization Laboratory

San Francisco, CA - November 4, 1998

Graphisoft in conjunction with its Houston-based reseller, CADeshack, today announced that Texas A&M University has acquired 104 sites of ARCHICAD for its highly acclaimed College of Architecture.

The College encompasses Texas A&M's Visualization Laboratory and the Electronic Design Studio (EDS) which was one of the first in the nation to integrate computer-aided design (CAD) in the architectural design studio says EDS founder Professor Valerian Miranda. "As a design tool, ARCHICAD embodies the objectives we explore in the EDS. We're eager to begin incorporating it into our progams and feel that our staff and students would be using a tool appropriate for the twenty-first century."

In the EDS, one of only a few of its kind in the country, ARCHICAD will run on networked Intel-based PCs running Windows NT. Graphisoft and its reseller will conduct ARCHICAD orientation training for the 2,000 students and staff of the nation's largest program for the professions of design, planning, construction and development.

ARCHICAD is an award-winning integrated two and three-dimensional CAD software package. Used daily by more than 50,000 architects and building designers worldwide, ARCHICAD is the first and most widely used object-based architectural CAD software in the World. Graphisoft's Geometric Description Language (GDL) makes intelligent objects possible by integrating 3D model information, 2D symbols and text based properties in an easy to use scriptingenvironment. ARCHICAD has also pioneered the fields of collaborative architecture with its TeamWork technology, and visualizaion by being the first CAD software to introduce VR virtual reality and Livestyles hand-rendering engines.

The University's Director of Information Services Jim Baker comments, "Texas A&M is a visionary institution and with over a third of our design studios being conducted in the electronic design environment, we appreciate Graphisoft's equally visionary approach."

Established in 1968, Texas A&M's College of Architecture is the nation's largest architecture school of its kind. With one of the greatest number of Ph.D. recipients each year, its graduate program is ranked among the top 15 in the nation. The Department of Construction Science is the largest program of construction education in the nation and its Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning is ranked number two in the country.

Texas A&M University, the oldest public institution of learning in the state, was founded in 1876 as a rural college with a student enrollment of six. Today, the University houses more than 43,000 students - the third largest in the nation - with every state and more than 115 foreign countries represented in its student body.

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