A glance behind the scenes – their inspiration, vision on architecture and the use of
technology in the design practice.
OPEN BIM Case Study from the Netherlands
Amersfoort Buyten, Netherlands
The new, Dutch construction project, Amersfoort Buyten, is located on the border between town and country. The complexity of the project, due to the short lead time and many design choices available to each individual (future) owner, created a challenge for the design team. For this purpose, “MAD Modeling and Design” used ARCHICAD to make the architectural BIM suitable for implementation. Several construction partners worked together with various, specialized software, and thanks to the use of OPEN BIM, this project is a huge success.
“ARCHICAD is definitely adapting to this fast-paced world of ours...”
Aziz Tayob Architects, South Africa
Haneef Tayob, Director-Principal Architect of Aziz Tayob Architects in South Africa, speaks
about ARCHICAD’s improvements since he started working with it in 1996. In this video, see how
ARCHICAD and BIMx integrate the design and construction phases for all the stakeholders of a
project and help to organize the coordination between the designers, structural engineers and
For the other architects only using 2D: please, keep using it, because it gives us an advantage
Warren Labuschagne, Director of Bergstreme Developments, is convinced that their use of 3D
technology since the firm was founded 20 years ago is what sets them apart from their
competitors. Their homes have come to symbolize high quality and attention to even the most
minute details. The firm uses the full palette of ARCHICAD tools to design and build luxury
homes in South Africa.
"Where ARCHICAD is becoming an extremely valuable tool, is the architect can become the Master
André Eksteen, Director of Earthworld Architects in South Africa, speaks about the changing role
of the architect as the holder and integrator of information, and the creator of systems. In
this video, learn how Earthworld works with ARCHICAD from the early design phases through
construction and interior design.
BIM is the natural consequence of this process
MINNUCCI ASSOCIATI S.r.l., Italy
Established over 30 years ago, Italy-based Minnucci Associati has been using ARCHICAD from the
time the firm switched from paper to CAD in 1999. We sat down with Ernesto Minnucci, Founding
Partner, at the 2018 Key Client Conference held in Budapest. Ernesto spoke about the firm's
commitment to OPEN BIM protocols through their use of ARCHICAD and the other tools available to
them as a result. He also walked us through their work on the Naples Central Station, a project
that has since been recognized with a 2018 buildingSMART International Award in the Operations
and Maintenance category.
We want to become one with the surroundings, and let nature thrive.
Oppenheim Architecture, USA
With offices in Miami, New York and Switzerland, award-winning Oppenheim Architecture is
well-known for using architecture to capture the culture, context and climate of a particular
place. In this short interview, Principal and Lead Designer Chad Oppenheim speaks about the
common thread that runs through everything he stands for as an architect. A long-time ARCHICAD
user, Chad also speaks about the special level of attention his firm enjoys as a Key Client.
Communications is the key to global success
Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Austria
Michael Lohmann of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects in Austria reveals the secret to their
success: communications. In this short interview, Michael speaks about the benefits of working
with ARCHICAD on projects from Karlsruhe, Germany to Goyang, South Korea. Learn how the firm
leverages the Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection to create iconic designs around the world.
Award-winning Finnish architecture firm finds true calling in designing schools
Aarti Ollila Ristola Arkkitehdit Oy, Finland
Based in Helsinki, award-winning AOR Architects designs, among others, complex public buildings
and future learning environments for the acclaimed Finnish national curriculum. Their passion
for designing with timber resulted in a winning proposal for a Finnish high school that will be
the world’s largest timer building once built. We spoke with Arto Ollila, Architect and Partner
at AOR Architects, to learn about some of the firm's current projects, as well as the special
relationship AOR enjoys with local GRAPHISOFT partner, MAD.
Fulton Trotter Architects highlights benefits of OPEN BIM and IFC on major project
Fulton Trotter, Australia
We spoke with Paul Trotter and Nathan Hildebrandt, both Directors at Fulton Trotter Architects,
at the 2018 Key Client Conference in Budapest. The duo highlighted their recent work on John
Wesley Gardens, an aged care facility. It is one of their first major projects where they
employed OPEN BIM processes and IFC communication and collaboration methodologies with their
consultant teams. Watch the video to learn the results of their efforts, as well as how they
are preparing for the Australian government’s goal to make BIM mandatory.
"I bought it within 15 minutes, ‘cause I was so impressed with what it could do."
Riverstone Structural Concepts, USA
Based in Boise, Idaho, Riverstone Structural Concepts is a structural engineering firm that
works exclusively in ARCHICAD. Founder and Principal Patrick Bird attended the 2018 Key Client
Conference in Budapest and spent a few moments catching up with us about how Riverstone
involves their clients through the Teamwork function. Watch the video to learn about the firm’s
focus on quality and GRAPHISOFT CEO Viktor Varkonyi’s attention to clients.
"We changed to ARCHICAD because of this building."
Degelo Architekten, Switzerland
GRAPHISOFT chose the iconic University Library Freiburg as the ARCHICAD 22 ‘signature building’
to highlight ARCHICAD’s remastered Façade Design workflow. The flexible design environment
allows architects to create both external and internal façades using modular structures and
hierarchical, easily customizable patterns. We spoke with Heinrich Degelo at the 2018 Key
Client Conference in Budapest to learn more about the library. What a surprise to learn that
his firm made the switch to ARCHICAD because of this building! Watch the video to hear the
fascinating reason why!
ÅWL Architects relies on GRAPHISOFT BIMx to communicate design vision
ÅWL Architects, Sweden
With offices in Stockholm and Norrköping, ÅWL Architects is one of Sweden's leading architecture
firms in the residential design and landscaping industry. We spoke with Nassir Kassab, BIM
Strategist, and Camilla Lindberg, BIM Manager, about the firm's focus on sustainability in
their work. The duo also highlighted the use of BIMx as an important tool in communicating
design vision to their clients.
China’s JZFZ is breaking down the barriers to BIM by designing award-winning projects with
With 4,000 employees, JZFZ is the 3rd largest, privately-owned architecture firm in China. We
caught up with Jiaju Zhao, Director of the BIM Research Center at JZFZ, at the 2018 Key Client
Conference held in Budapest, Hungary. He spoke about the efficiencies found in ARCHICAD that
make it the obvious choice for large-scale design projects, such as the residential project
designed by Vanke. The 400,000-500,000 square meter project earned JZFZ several national BIM
competition awards. Jiaju Zhao was joined by Quing Zhong, JZFZ marketing manager. She spoke
about how JZFZ is knocking down the myths associated with BIM, ensuring that their clients
fully understand the benefits of working with ARCHICAD as a tool to achieve their design and
"ARCHICAD is an all-encompassing architectural tool…perfect for what we need."
DKO have been ARCHICAD users since day one of the company’s founding in 2000. With offices in
Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam, the firm relies heavily on ARCHICAD’s efficiencies from
concept to delivery. We caught up with DKO’s National BIM Manager, Blair Calvert, at the 2018
Key Client Conference in Budapest. In addition to a summary of recent projects, Blair was good
enough to share with our audience the level of support DKO receives from GRAPHISOFT when and if
needed. Watch the video to learn more about DKO’s outstanding client portfolio.
Major hospital development in Australia designed using ARCHICAD
The Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland is the largest, non-replacement greenfield
hospital built in Australia in the past 25 years. Challenges surrounding the completion
requirements of the project made it necessary for the designers and engineers to think out of
the box when it came to working with a variety of stakeholders. Architectural firm HDR's
recommendation to employ IFC to overcome these challenges was initially met with skepticism.
The client didn't believe that an IFC-based “open” workflow could handle a project of this size
and scope. However, HDR proved that combining ARCHICAD and dROFUS was the best way to deliver a
project of this magnitude.
...collaboration. And communication. And Teamwork. The second in a series of videos by
GRAPHISOFT Latin America introduces 19N99W Architects and focuses on the concept of happiness
through collaboration and communication using BIMcloud and BIMx.
From pencil to pixel...
Rivadeneyra Architects, Mexico
GRAPHISOFT Latin America recently launched a video series focused on the personal and emotional
benefits of working with ARCHICAD. The first video in the series introduces Rivadeneyra
Architects of Mexico, and is based on a father and son's inter-generational relationship, where
ideas and sketches are transformed into 3D models in a simple and effective way.
COA credits BIMx with bridging communication gap
Craft of Architecture, South Africa
This interview was conducted with South African firm, Craft of
COA is a design focused architectural firm that believes in craft filtering down to the last
degree; from concept to final product. It is this ‘hands on approach’ that is evident in
everything they do. Valuing the creative process above all else places a strong emphasis on a
collaborative approach. All of this is made possible by the smart, imaginative minds of their
design teams, supported by a strong professional organization, enabling projects to flow
smoothly and timely.
"I've always seen ARCHICAD as a tool for me to prosper in this industry." Manqoba Khuboni
Thubalethu Architects, South Africa
This interview was conducted with Manqoba Khuboni, founder and Mvuyelwa Mbotheni junior
architect of the South African firm, Thubalethu Architects.
Founded in 2009, Thubalethu Architects is focused on becoming architectural pioneers by
creating unique designs, as well as embracing local ethnic elements for specific projects,
which require the fusion of traditional and urban architectural styles. In this video, Manqoba
and his team talk about the power and freedom ARCHICAD offers, especially on large projects.
Ostozhenka Architects 'live together' with ARCHICAD
Ostozhenka Architects, Russia
This interview was conducted with Ivan Voronezhsky, architect at Ostozhenka
Architects in Moscow, who talks about their multi-decade ARCHICAD experiences.
Ostozhenka Architects was founded in 1989, initially as part of the Research and Design Center
of the Moscow Architectural Institute; it became an independent private office in 1992. The
team's first project was the reconstruction of the "Ostozhenka" microdistrict - a fragment of
the historic nucleus of Moscow. This urban planning and architectural design project occupied
the office for a decade and also gave it its name.
"We like the idea that we're treated as part of the family"
Osmond Lange Architects & Planners, South
Osmond Lange Architects & Planners was
established in 1929 and is one of the larger architectural practices in South Africa, with
offices in Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town. The company has built up extensive
design and technological expertise specializing in large projects and has actively participated
in some of the largest joint ventures in South Africa as lead consultants. The practice blends
architecture, urban design and development management skills to deliver an integrated package
of professional services to its clients. In this video, you'll hear what the architects at
Osmond Lange appreciate most about ARCHICAD and about their relationship with GRAPHISOFT.
LINK arkitektur credits OPEN BIM and TeamWork for its success
LINK arkitektur, Norway, Sweden, Denmark
As a business model and philosophy, LINK arkitektur
has chosen to allow their 15 offices and 470 employees in Norway, Sweden and Denmark to create
their own culture and specialist fields. For many years, BIM has been a strategic focus area
for the leading firm. The multidisciplinary architectural consortium operates in an
ARCHICAD-heavy but still platform-neutral way, meaning they are very much dependent on OPEN BIM
techniques. In this interview, Martin Romby Hauge, BIM Manager, and Zsolt Nagy, architect and
project leader, offer insight into how such a large and diverse architectural practice can
operate successfully across markets.
The multidisciplinary architectural consortium operates in an ARCHICAD-heavy but still
platform-neutral way, meaning they are very much dependent on OPEN BIM techniques.
Mark Ussher Architects credit ARCHICAD with growth
With the goal of extending their reach and increasing product awareness, GRAPHISOFT
South Africa has decided to create a series of digital user testimonials. We are
pleased to present their first piece conducted with Mark Ussher, Director, Mark Ussher
Architects (MUA). In this video, we learn how MUA used ARCHICAD to convey the design concept
and aesthetic to their client, Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. In addition to involving the client in
the design process, Mark credits ARCHICAD with a workflow that helps MUA achieve a level of
accuracy and efficiency that would be impossible otherwise.
Watch the video to learn which tools Mark finds the most useful for his practice and how he
credits ARCHICAD with helping to achieve MUA’s business goals.
Schønherr A/S - Landscape architecture with ARCHICAD
Schønherr A/S, Denmark
This interview was conducted with Frank Hasling Pedersen, Architect, IT and BIM manager of
Denmark-based Schønherr A/S, one of Denmark’s largest and
most experienced landscape architecture, infrastructure and urban planning firms. Schønherr
offers a wide range of services within landscaping and urban design. Schønherr works with
planning and design of the unbuilt environment and has wide experience in delivering solutions
on all levels in the fields of urban and landscape architecture.
Schønherr is in the transition process of changing their AutoCAD-based routine to a BIM-based
workflow using ARCHICAD and LAND4. LAND4 is a
comprehensive landscaping add-on created by Land Software, that lets landscape architects
design and detail their projects using BIM.
LWK & Partners - BIM transition in Hong Kong
LWK & Partners, Hong Kong
This interview was conducted with William Cheung, Director of Hong Kong-based LWK
& Partners whose firm is in a transition to BIMcloud and ARCHICAD. In the
interview, Mr. Cheung introduces the 600-person architectural office and gives a short insight
into their ARCHICAD implementation process. With more than 30 years of experience, LWK &
Partners is known as one of the key architects in the high-end residential development found in
Hong Kong and China. LWK & Partners is among those architectural practices that have
multiple designs among the world’s 100 tallest buildings. The firm was one of the earliest in
Hong Kong to convert to BIM more than 10 years ago, but after facing various usability
obstacles with the chosen software, they suspended the process for years. LWK is also involved
in shaping Hong Kong’s government BIM policy.
HLM Architects delivers healthcare with ARCHICAD
HLM Architects, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, Scotland's newest healthcare facility is a vast project. In this short documentary
created by TheB1M.com, HLM Architects explain how they delivered the £150M Royal Hospital for
Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences using ARCHICAD. According to Mark
Harrison, BIM Co-ordinator and Architectural Technologist at HLM Architects, “All of our
drawings are produced in the 3D model, in ARCHICAD. The majority [of the data] is then exported
as PDFs or Excel spreadsheets which are uploaded to the CDE.” HLM Architects cited ARCHICAD’s
team-working capability as a key benefit over other platforms, particularly on a scheme of this
nature where they regularly communicated and exchanged information between their UK offices.
Video created by The B1M.com
Local strength leads to successful projects worldwide using ARCHICAD
3LHD Architects, Croatia
3LHD is a collaborative architectural studio, focused on the integration of architecture, art
and (urban) landscape, an approach which has resulted in a series of projects and realizations
in Croatia and abroad. We spoke with Marko Dabrović, Partner, and Krunoslav Szoersen,
Architect, to learn how the team at 3LHD has leveraged their migration to BIM using ARCHICAD to
land major projects from Croatia to China.
BIG and OPEN BIM
Jakob Andreassen, BIM Manager of BIG shares how they are working with GRAPHISOFT to develop a
plug-in for Rhino and ARCHICAD so that they can link geometries and data from both software
into each other. This will allow them to leverage the best that each software has to offer
throughout the design process.
POLYFORM and OPEN BIM
"As an architect, it's important for us to use tools that suit us in our way to design," says
Christoffer Lissau Lund, Architect. OPEN BIM has made it easier for POLYFORM to design and
collaborate on team projects.
BIM Equity and OPEN BIM
"We believe that OPEN BIM is the key solution to ensuring that we have one model from the first
sketch...from start to finish," says Thomas Graabaek, Partner/Architect of BIM Equity.
According to Thomas, ARCHICAD and OPEN BIM have made it easier and more fun for architects to
learn to work with BIM.
Project: 480 Hay Street
480 Hay Street, Perth is a $500 million mixed-use redevelopment offering a luxurious 5 star
Westin hotel, office, retail and dining space options for locals and visitors alike. The
project, managed by BPi, is the first of its kind in Australia to adopt a true Open BIM
The project employs best of breed 3D modelling and documentation solutions such as ARCHICAD,
BIMx, Solibri, Revit and Tekla. Model files are coordinated and information sharing is enabled
between project participants using the latest techniques and standards such as Industry
Foundation Classes (IFC) and BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) to enable timely, accurate
exchanges between project participants. This Open BIM approach has eliminated proprietary
lock-in and is reducing inefficiency and waste across the project.
Peter Clewes, Principal
Project: Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex — ARCHICAD 18 Signature Building
Peter Clewes, Principal, architectsAlliance, shares his experience designing and seeing to
completion the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex. Located at Brock
University, about 100 miles outside Toronto, Ontario, the highly complex project presented a
number of design challenges. Watch the video to learn why and how the hexagon played such an
important part in the design and construction of this major research center.
EZRA Architects, Singapore
EZRA Architects was established in Singapore in 2005. In this video, founder and principal
architect, Lim Kee Hua, talks about why he chose ARCHICAD, and how they work with the
award-winning software on a diverse range of projects that span the globe.
Farkasvölgyi Arquitetura, Brazil
Project: Hotel Golden Tulip BH
A golden tulip blooms with BIM
In 2011, Farkasvölgyi Arquitetura started eight hotel projects in the Belo Horizonte region. One
of the hotels presented itself as a major challenge to the entire team; it was a retrofit of
the old and unfinished "Beira Rio Hotel“ in downtown Belo Horizonte. The refurbishment required
correcting numerous irregularities from the time it was built and were more critical due to the
demands of the new laws that now govern the AEC market. Thanks to BIM, ARCHICAD, and
GRAPHISOFT's BIMx Hyper-models, the architects, engineers, and other trades were able to
collaborate in a very coordinated way, ensuring the high quality completion of this very
Daniel Taraczky, Lead Architect & CEO
Abdel-Rahim Chehadé, Architect
Dorottya Gőz, Architect
László Gőz, Founder of BMC
art1st design studio, Hungary
Project: Budapest Music Center, 2013
An architecturally and culturally unique institution, the Budapest Music Center is one
musician’s 30-year dream come true. The architects from art1st studio and the founder of the
institute guide the viewers through this elegantly designed, multi-functional building,
including their use of ARCHICAD on the project as well as the building's historical background
and future mission. The article on this project can also be found here.
* For English subtitle please turn on the youtube caption.
House at Cuil Bay — BIMx success story
Architect: John Gilbert Architects
Project: Residential house at Cuil bay, Scotland
Through a commissioned family house project at Cuil Bay in Scotland, John Gilbert Architects
started to explore BIMx as a communication tool with the client. BIMx became an essential
channel between them, enabling the client especially to understand the "real space" of her
house. Watch this video and discover how BIMx unravels what the 2D documents couldn't express
for the client and made it so much more fun!
Exhibition Design with BIM — Nationalmuseum of Sweden
CAD/BIM Expert: Joakim E. Werning
An unprecedented way of designing exhibitions using BIM: The Nationalmuseum
of Sweden embraced the concept of using 3D CAD to design their exhibitions
approximately 10 years ago. Today, the museum not only uses GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD for designing
and managing exhibit installations, but also to provide extremely precise BIMx
models of their exhibitions for website visitors to download and view. CAD/BIM Expert
for exhibition designs, Joakim E. Werning, hopes to develop this virtual exhibition technology
even further for their future exhibitions.
Take the tour: http://bit.ly/IpZGX0
Project: Schravenlant public comprehensive school
LIAG was founded in 1919 by Dirk Roosenburg who was a contemporary of the
architects Dudok, Rietveld and Oud, and many of his buildings have been declared a national
monument. Today, together with clients, the firm creates powerful properties with a positive
attitude towards the environment and its users. LIAG has strong affinity with the realization
of integrated sustainable housing solutions that also take into account the total life of a
In 2010, LIAG won a European tender to rebuild the Schravenlant public comprehensive school in
Schiedam in the Netherlands.
This video explains – through the school building project – LIAG's "cradle to cradle" approach,
their way of sustainable thinking, concerns for the health of the users of the building, and
why beauty is essential for the building to be integrated into society.
Please turn on the English captions to see the subtitles.
This video courtesy of Dubbelklik
Dag Strass, Architect
Helen & Hard Architects, Norway
Project: Vennesla Library and Cultural Center 2011
Client: Vennesla Kommune
Helen & Hard was founded in 1996 in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway
by Norwegian architect Siv Helene Stangeland and Austrian architect Reinhard Kropf. Today, the
company has a youthful staff of 20 drawn from 8 different countries, with offices in both
Stavanger and Oslo. Helen and Hard designs a wide variety of projects ranging from single
family houses to large public buildings, from offices and multi-family housing projects to
The award-winning Vennesla Library and Cultural Center is located in a small town,
Vennesla, Norway. It comprises a library, a café, meeting places and administrative areas and
links an existing community house and learning centre together. The designers developed a "rib"
concept to create useable hybrid structures that combine a timber construction with all
technical devices and the interior.
Marcellus Lilley, Associate
Karl Frost, Senior Technician
Studio Pacific, New Zealand
Project: The Rock, Wellington Airport, 2010 (in association with Warren and Mahoney Architects)
Client: Wellington International Airport Ltd.
Studio Pacific was established in Wellington in 1992 by Nicholas Barratt-Boyes,
B. Arch, ANZIA, RIBA; Stephen McDougall, B.B.Sc, B.Arch, FNZIA; and Evzen Novak, B. Arch
(Hons), ANZIA, RIBA. Prior to establishing the Studio, the directors studied and/or worked
together in New Zealand before working for a period in Europe. The collective international
experience greatly influenced the direction of the practice. From early design competitions and
small residential commissions, Studio Pacific has evolved into an award-winning creative
practice with diverse projects throughout New Zealand.
The Wellington International Airport Passenger Terminal required a unique and innovative design.
Marcellus Lilley, Associate and Lead Project Architect and Karl Frost, Senior Technician explain the
process that resulted in the multi award-winning Airport Terminal building in 2010.
Orcutt | Winslow
Orcutt | Winslow was established over four decades ago by two Arizona State University
graduates eager to take on the architectural field with new and innovative design solutions. Along with
the philosophies that "a project can only be as good as the information gathered," and "behind every
well-designed building is an architect who took the time to thoroughly understand the client's needs,"
Herman Orcutt and Paul Winslow began building client-focused design
teams that could offer personal service during each stage of the architectural process.
Saravanan Balasubramanian, LEED AP and Russ Sanders, AIA member
also reveal the keys to winning the project in Mumbai, India, and how they expect the project,
Sahana Pride, to progress using the latest technologies.
Hassan Saffarini, Director of Engineering, Adnan Saffarini Office, reveals why the
recession was the turning point for the firm to move to BIM, and how he hopes other disciplines of the
building industry will follow suit.
Hassan Saffarini, Director of Engineering, Adnan Saffarini Office, reveals why
the recession was the turning point for the firm to move to BIM, and how he hopes other
disciplines of the building industry will follow suit.
iPda (integrated PROCESS design associates) is an emerging firm, offering customized
workflow to building projects and project teams at an international level.
Charles Good-Man, President at iPda, talks about BIM workflow and the way the
firm embraces “Design Build”, the building industry’s newest frontier. In the second part of
the interview, he explains how the BIM Server enabled iPda to build an international project
Established in 1900, Nikken Sekkei Architects,
Engineers and Planners is Japan’s largest design firm.
Tomohiko Yamanashi is the executive officer and principal in the architectural
design department, and has been the key figure in many of the firm’s innovative designs. In the
interview, he talks about the concept of Tokyo’s Mokuzai Kaikan (‘Timber Hall’) and how BIM
enabled his team to collaborate with craftsmen who work with modern digital technology, as well
as the unlimited possibilities of simulation using BIM.
Didier Girardet, President, Thierry Deschaumes, Associate,
A.C.D. Girardet & Associés, Versailles, France
A.C.D. Girardet & Associés was established in Versailles in 1983.
Their work is strongly oriented towards sports facilities of all sizes, including recreational
areas and school or community gyms, as well as large-scale projects such as stadiums. One of
their most important projects to date was the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, in which they had
to meet constraints specific to this particular project: the timeframe, for example, meant that
all construction work had to be completed between two tournaments...
The interview was conducted by Abvent France, in partnership with the French Tennis Federation,
owner of Roland Garros, the French Open.
Darren Tims, Principal, Director of Projects, Rice
Rice Daubney is a creative firm for architecture, planning and design with experience spanning
30 years across Australia and Asia. As one of Australia's leading architectural practices, Rice
Daubney produces projects that have a common emphasis on quality, commercial focus, and
innovation in design, across all the sectors of the business; Commercial + Workplace, Retail,
Health + Research and Defence.
Craig Baudin, Associate Director of Fender Katsalidis
Architects, Victoria, Australia
Craig Bauding has a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture and is a registered Architect. Prior to
joining FKA he worked on a number of large residential, commercial and mixed use projects in
Australia, Hong Kong and Malaysia. In September 2007 he was made an Associate Director of the
practice. Craig brings a broad based range of experience across all phases of the project
cycle, from early concept through to completion.
Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr., President & CEO, Aidea
At the start of his career, Aidea Philippines CEO & President, Abelardo Tolentino, Jr.
envisioned a Filipino design firm that would lead and inspire the industry through its designs,
relationships and global thinking. He changed the mindset of his people and inspired them to
continuously innovate the way they design.
Under his leadership, Aidea has broken into the international market. They have completed
numerous projects for clients throughout Europe, the Middle East and North America.
Prof. Hilde Léon, Léon
Wohlhage Wernik Architects
Prof. Hilde Léon founded the office together with Konrad Wolhage in 1987. Berlin is the starting
point and the inspiration for their work. All their projects, both German and international,
are planned in the Berlin office. In addition to public building projects, offices, and
residences, the firm also develops urban planning concepts.
Prof. Dietrich Fink, Prof. Thomas Jocher, Fink
+ Jocher Architects
The office of Dietrich Fink and Thomas Jocher was founded in 1991 in Munich. Since that time,
they have established themselves with not only residential, office, and industrial planning
projects, but also in the area of national and international urban planning. The firm's slogan,
"To design is to explore," has resulted in a number of prestigious awards.
György Fazakas, Principal, Fazakas György Architects
With an office located in Budapest in a state-of-the-art building designed by his own firm, Fazakas
György has made a name for himself as a well-respected international architect.
Based on his experiences working at an architectural firm in New York City from 1985 to 1989,
Fazakas urges all young architects to get as much experience as they can working abroad before
settling down back home. This is also important because, according to Fazakas, international
teamwork has become a key component to any successful building project.
Philippe Madec, Principal, Atelier Philippe Madec
Since 1989, when Philippe Madec opened his first office in Paris, he has focused mainly on
architecture's role in sustainable development. By doing so, he has earned the respect of his
colleagues worldwide. Madec's architectural and urban approach forms part of a wider
environmental framework, "rooted in the earth and its resources," as he likes to say.
Xavier Gonzalez, Principal, Atelier
d'Architecture Brenac + Gonzalez
Brenac + Gonzalez, founded by Olivier Brenac and Xavier Gonzalez in 1978, has grown to be one of
the most highly-respected architectural firms in France. Their shared vision for excellence in
design has earned them a coveted spot among the top architectural firms.
Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, Chicago, USA
Thomas A. Heinz, AIA, of Libertyville, Illinois has worked on more than 40 Frank Lloyd Wright
buildings, restorations, and reconstructions. As a renowned Wright devotee scholar and author
of 30 books, Thomas A. Heinz brought the vision of Wright to life on the 11-acre Petre Island
in Mahopac just 40 miles north of New York City.
Using ARCHICAD, Heinz was able to translate the original design into the very difficult rock
terrain of the island, while preserving the original Frank Lloyd Wright design and addressing
the realities of current building, energy and zoning requirements.
Vladimir I. Plotkin, TPO
Reserve, Moscow, Russia
"The main thing is an attraction for shape."
Vladimir Plotkin is the chief designer of the TPO "Reserve" architectural design firm in Moscow,
Russia. He designed numerous hotels, offices, residential complexes, skyscrapers and other
land-mark buildings in Moscow and in St Petersburg. Plotkin is also a professor MArchI (Moscow
Architectural Institute) and a member of board MOSA, laureate of the "Golden Section" Prizes in
1999 and 2001of the International Academy of Architecture.
Juli Capella, Capella Garcia Arquitectura,
Juli Capella from Capella-Garcia Arquitectes is known as one of the most important figures in
contemporary architecture and design in Spain. Some of their outstanding projects are the Heron
City or the OMM Hotel in Barcelona. They believe their style as a non-style.
Ivo Venkov, paastudio, Pacific Palisades, CA,
Ivo Venkov and his wife Rossi Venkov are known as the "Coolest Architects" in the United States
after winning a Merit Award for their Pacific Palisades Residence project in 2005. They call
their architecture 'livable minimalism'.
David Sutherland, Fender Katsalidis Architects,
David Sutherland is the Director of Planning of one of the foremost design firms in Australia.
Fender Katsalidis' international projects include Southeast Asia and the Middle East. They have
designed the 90 story Eureka Tower, one of the highest residential towers in the world.
Compared to earlier days, they enjoy work and the efficiency of it by using Information
Technology that is translating their thoughts in to build reality.
Zhang Xiaolei, Architect, China Architecture Design
& Research Group, Beijing, China
China Design is the largest architectural firm in China with nearly 2,000 employees. Among the
Group's well-known masterpieces are Beijing Railway Station, China Art Gallery and many more
completed projects in Beijing. Since 1986, the Group was awarded 289 design prizes, including 5
Thomas Rau, Principal, RAU Architecture, The
Dutch Architect Thomas Rau started his firm in 1993 and became best known for his ING-bank
offices and Europe's first CO2-free building, the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Zeist,
Netherlands. Rau describes his guiding principle as "open-minded architecture", providing the
client with what he/she really wants, and not necessarily with what he/she asked for.
Chad Oppenheim, Principal, Oppenheim
Architecture+Design, Miami, US
Heralded in the press as changing the face of "Miami modernism", Chad Oppenheim was awarded the
AIA Outstanding Young Architect of the Year prize five years ago.
Prof. Gustav Peichl, Principal; Katharina Fröch, Partner; Christoph
Lechner, Partner; Peichl & Partner Architects,
A virtuoso architect and equally famous sketch artist, he is famed for his large-scale projects
in Europe and the Middle East. His Millennium Tower is a landmark building that can be seen
Jan Kleihues, Principal, Kleihues + Kleihues
Architects, Berlin, Germany
His Berlin-based practice boasts a host of embassies and Berlin's tallest hotel building. With a
long history of post-war reconstruction design, the firm has had a massive impact on the face
of the city.
Michel Rojkind, Principal, Rojkind
Architects, Mexico City, Mexico
Last year Architectural Record voted this exuberant Mexican architect as at the vanguard of
building design. A powerful exponent of ARCHICAD, he is an enthusiastic example to anyone who
still doubts the power of virtual design.
An archaic modernist — Axel Schultes, Principal, Schultes
Frank Architekten, Berlin, Germany
His seminal works are in Berlin and include the Chancellery building and the much-acclaimed
Crematorium, which brought him international recognition and inspired many other designers.
The Orcutt/Winslow Partnership — Paul Winslow, FAIA Principal; Herman
Orcutt, AIA Principal; Russ Sanders, AIA, Orcutt/Winslow
Associate and Virtual Building Committee Coordinator, Arizona, US
The practice was named the AIA Arizona 2004 Architectural Firm of the Year and 2005 Western
Mountain Region Firm of the Year, having completed more than 1,800 projects worth billions in
construction revenue. Absolutely devoted to ARCHICAD.
Tomohiko Yamanashi, Project Director, Nikken Sekkei
Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Nikken Sekkei Architects, Engineers and Planners is Japan's largest design firm, and has worked
on 20,000 projects across some 40 countries. It just won the Architects Regional Council Asia
(ARCASIA) architecture Gold Medal for the Laboratory for the Institute for Global Environmental
Strategies in Japan.