ARCHICAD is the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution for the architecture and design industry.

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All creative work and design documentation happens in 3D, so you can make design decisions and see the results in a project’s real, 3D environment.

ARCHICAD offers you the most innovative tools available on the architectural software market. In addition to basic tools such as Curtain Walls and Skylights, architects and designers will appreciate the vast array of advanced tools such as Shell, Morph, and Mesh tools.

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Designers work on a single building model to create, document, and construct their ideas — changes are fast and automatic.

Since data is stored in a central place in a BIM model, any modification to the building design will automatically replicate in each view such as floor plans, sections and elevation.


Automatically updated, one-click documentation makes even the most tedious tasks fast and easy.

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ARCHICAD helps not only in creating the documentation faster, but also provides stringent quality assurance by automatic coordination of the different views.


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#BIM for Architects

ARCHICAD’s focus on architecture, design, and creativity, combined with cutting-edge technology and innovation, allows architects to do what they do best: design great buildings

#ARCHICAD is Local

ArchiCAD is omnipresent in Canada. As Cadcentre organizes activities on monthly basis. The Canadian ArchiCAD users love the product and seize any occasion to express its qualities.

Available in 17 languages and 27 localized versions that meet local layout and documentation standards, ARCHICAD offers much more than just a simple translation of the software.

  • + Local content and standards

    Library parts, measurement units, and architectural standards are just some of the details that make ARCHICAD ready-to-use in North America.

    At CadCentre, we offer a full service for customized native, parametric, high quality ArchiCAD odjects, based on GDL language programing. If you have a need for customized object, do not hesitate to contact us.

  • + Local support

    GRAPHISOFT’s worldwide technical support network ensures you’ll get the help you need – when you need it. The professional, friendly support and implementation team is here to help along the way.

    Browse product guides, articles and downloads, or if you are located in eastern Canada, contact CadCentre

  • + Add-ons as you need them

    ARCHICAD Add-Ons are specific products with which the functionality of the standard ARCHICAD software package can be extended.
    ARCHICAD’s application programming interface enables third party developers to extend the functionality of the software when necessary.


#Design in BIM

ARCHICAD offers architects the tools they need to unleash their inner creative genius.


Intuitive tools help create conceptual models to jump-start the design phase.

Conceptual masses, forms, and even basic floor area estimates can be calculated in the early design stage using ARCHICAD.

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ARCHICAD’s innovative tool-set allows you to create your model in the BIM environment – your cool shapes and forms will automatically generate elevations, sections, and even schedules.

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ARCHICAD presents direct modeling capabilities in the native BIM environment with its Shell tool and Morph tool, allowing element creation with any custom geometry in an intuitive graphical way.

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Freeform and parametric design are at your fingertips with the first, bi-directional connection allowing architects and designers to use Grasshopper and Rhino with ARCHICAD.

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Non-uniform splines (NURBS)

The Rhino-Grasshopper-ARCHICAD connection complements GRAPHISOFT’s native file format support for Rhinoceros that enables designers to open and save Rhino project files of any size or complexity with ARCHICAD. By extending the existing natural link between Rhino and Grasshopper, the new tool empowers architects to start and modify their designs in any of the three design environments – Rhino, Grasshopper or ARCHICAD.

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Complex geometry models created in Rhino can now be imported to ARCHICAD as native objects using their “native” NURBS definitions.

ARCHICAD users can better control the representation of each individual imported object, depending on its purpose in the model.

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#One-click Documentation

One click is all it takes to ensure that construction documentation is a standard function of the design process.

Building views, sections, elevations, interior elevations and 3D documents are all derived from the Building Information Model and updated automatically.

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Changes made to the Building Information Model are reflected in the design documentation as well.

Detail drawings are created automatically from the Building Information Model, while additional information can be added – layouts and naming are automatic and coordinated.

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Creating and updating layouts is simple using the various autotext elements.

One-click publishing and state-of-the-art revision management helps teams working on large projects using various file formats.

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Designers can choose from the most common file formats, including .dwg, .pdf, as well as the BIMx Hyper-model file format.



ARCHICAD’s award-winning teamwork concept has changed the way architects collaborate, with Cloud-based BIM collaboration and mobile messaging.

#The 'I' in BIM

Information is the most valuable part of BIM and ARCHICAD 20 helps designers to bring out the most of it! Leveraging well-structured information results in enormous efficiencies in the construction industry.

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ARCHICAD’s central BIM database enables you to collect, edit, and maintain information about a building from the first sketch, meetings with external consultants and engineers, through the building phase and beyond – providing an invaluable asset for building management and maintenance.

BIM-Data-Driven Visualization


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GRAPHISOFT HQ – Építész Stúdió, Lukács and Vikár

ARCHICAD 20 leverages well-structured information resulting in informative design visualization, which ensures enormous efficiencies throughout design and construction. With the help of smart filters and brand new graphical override, designers can freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. This feature allows a number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

Designers can easily define the representation of any 2D and 3D view and reduce the need for traditional supplementary 2D CAD work.

By defining “Graphic Override Rules,” new, unchanged and demolished representation of elements can be created for renovation projects; structural, MEP, and other layouts can be created with specific color-codes, line-types and pen-colors; semi-automated, 3D construction documents will offer greater clarity.

Models overridden by colors (including the colors defined by renovation statuses and mark-up highlights) can be shared not only between ARCHICAD teams, but with other disciplines and applications via IFC-based model exchange.

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i in bim 02 300x222ARCHICAD 20 allows users to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all related information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

ARCHICAD’s ‘Mass property value import’ functionality offers an easy way for semi-automated data import/export from and to Excel worksheets.

Using this method, architects can replace the tedious task of entering their consultants’ data manually, where the number of human errors are considerable.


Share Geometry and Data with the Latest Technologies.

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ARCHICAD 20 has improved its current IFC- and BCF-based OPEN BIM workflows by exporting color-true precise element geometry, implementing survey point (national datum definition), enhancing property management and mapping, sharing physical properties of building materials, etc.

ARCHICAD 20 is among the first BIM applications that support the open-source IFC 4 model exchange standard. IFC 4 defines new coordination methods (Design Transfer View and Reference View) to standardize reference model-based and parametric model-based interoperability between different disciplines.  Support of national BIM standards and classification-systems is also available in exchanging information with other parties.  As an example, the inventor of COBie has confirmed that ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant – that’s good news for architects in the US, UK, and all other English-speaking countries.

In addition to supporting IFC‐based workflows, implementing other ways of BIM data communication such as gbXML and direct export to PHPP means that designers can exchange data with engineers and consultants from numerous disciplines, without the risk of information loss.

Information sharing via purpose-made tools such as BIMx or generic tools such as Excel enables a much wider target group to get involved and use the wealth of information stored in the BIM.


Implementing IFC and BCF in your workflows means that designers can exchange data with even more third parties – without the risk of information loss.

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ARCHICAD’s integrated model change management and native IFC property management, full support for BIM Collaboration Format (BCF) and DXF/DWG roundtrip conversion solutions offer a smooth, model-based coordination workflow.

The inventor of COBie recently confirmed that ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant – that’s good news for architects in the US, UK, and all other English-speaking countries.

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ARCHICAD uses its robust IFC data exchange capabilities to produce data output that is easily converted into COBie documentation.


#AEC Collaboration

ARCHICAD is a founder of the OPEN BIM approach to collaborative design, construction, and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows.


#Construction Coordination

Model-based analysis ensures that you’ll catch those design issues that could cause construction issues down the line.

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Vennesla Library & Cultural Center, Norway – Helen & Hard, – Photo ©Emile Ashley


ARCHICAD’s central BIM database enables you to collect, edit, and maintain information about a building from the first sketch, meetings with external consultants and engineers, through the building phase and beyond – providing an invaluable asset for building management and maintenance.

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Available to those working with the MEP modeler add-on to discover potential issues now, avoiding construction problems later.

Using the separately-purchased MEP Modeler add-on, collision detection now works with all MEP-type elements and all imported IFC MEP model elements regardless of which MEP application exported the IFC model. Collision detection produces results considerably faster using multicore CPU basis to avoid slowdowns of your computer.

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Thanks to its OPEN BIM workflow, ARCHICAD works seamlessly with other solutions like Tekla BIMsight and Solibri Model Checker.  With a single mouse click, architects can analyze the building information model and reveal potential flaws and weaknesses in the design, highlight the clashing components, and check to ensure that the model complies with BIM requirements and best practices.


#BIM Visualization

Whether you want still images, animations, or interactive Hyper-models, ARCHICAD provides professional, out-of-the-box solutions for all your presentation needs.


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Built-in sketch rendering and MAXON’s CineRender are fast and easy-to use, producing outstanding images for your client presentations.

One-button “photo-shot” rendering can be used to easily produce convincing, high-quality results, while fast preview and background processor support make the rendering workflow a smooth and uninterrupted process.

New in ArchiCAD 20:


Sagrada Familia, Barcelona modeled with ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD 20 runs the latest CineRender version, based on the Cinema 4D R16 engine. The result is a major enhancement concerning surface settings.

This ensures even more realistic surfaces, while rendering improvements reduce render times and enable highly-realistic contact shadows.

A new Reflectance Channel allows multiple reflection layers and control over blurriness and distance dim. Perfect for architectural materials like metals. A “turbo boost” to render times is possible thanks to the Irradiance Cache and the Physical Renderer, which features a new ray-tracing solution and faster grass calculation.

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Create even more life-like presentations by connecting your rendered images with a camera path, resulting in animations.

The seamless file export from ARCHICAD to CINEMA 4D enables users to enhance their projects with high-end animation and visualization techniques and benefit from decreased render times thanks to the highly-efficient distributed rendering solution found in CINEMA 4D.

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Create a fully-interactive design presentation package that runs on mobile devices and can be viewed by all the project stakeholders.

With GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD, GRAPHISOFT BIMx, and its cloud-integrated model sharing service, architects and designers can explore, communicate, and share their project designs like never before.

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In 3D perspective view, users can switch to a two‐point perspective in any camera position, maintaining the original position and viewing angle. As a result, all 3D vertical edges become vertical in perspective projection.


#Intuitive BIM

With its architect-inspired toolset, ARCHICAD feels like the most natural BIM application on the market.

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ARCHICAD was the first in BIM to allow architects to create, edit, and modify their designs in their natural, 3D environment – all changes are made automatically and in all corresponding views.

3D editing enables designers to edit building elements in their native environment, and use the existing elements’ geometry throughout 3D editing. For example, the height/width and arrangement of openings on the upper floors may be modified in relation to elements on the lower floors, etc.

3D documentation helps in understanding the design intent of the architects: constructors on site will work faster and make less avoidable mistakes because 3D documents help them fully understand the building details — with dimensions, texts, and additional documentation.

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ARCHICAD’s user interface is a true reflection of the architect at work – the graphic appearance of the icons, options and commands mirror those used in an architectural practice.

Tab-based navigation, familiar from the Web, makes accessing different model views at once easy — allowing you to oversee your building design.

All tool setting dialogs reflect the options they offer: window and door settings dialog offers various options to fine-tune the appearance and structural details of openings — all adjustable settings are displayed with relevant graphic options.

Throughout the years, ARCHICAD has advanced not only in areas such as design workflow, but also in the details — providing intuitive tools not instantly visible, but at your fingertips when you need them!

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Magic wand
traces the silhouette of 2D elements and 3D building components and helps create your elements quickly – trace wall perimeters to create a slab or a roof with a single click.

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shapes always provide feedback about the basic geometry relationships or proportions when creating or editing the design – indicating perpendicular, tangential, and parallel directions on floor plans or in 3D views.

ac intuitive smart 02The context sensitive Pet Palette offers the most relevant tools and commands that come in handy for the editing work you’re doing – stretching and modifying options automatically appear when you select a window in 2D or 3D.


#BIM Performance

No more waiting for views to load. Lightning-fast response times makes ARCHICAD the undisputed speed leader in the BIM business.

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