Vectorworks Architect

Designers choose Vectorworks Architect software because it provides a solution that supports the creative process instead of replacing it. From 2D and 3D to BIM and beyond, Vectorworks Architect delivers a robust suite of capabilities that will enhance your workflows from concept to construction and improve your design process.

Architosh Best of Show 2016
Vectorworks® Architect: Architosh’s 2016 Best Of Show Award Winner

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The Architect's BIM Tool

Vectorworks Architect is the industry’s only modeling, drafting, and documentation software built with BIM at the heart of the design process.

With Vectorworks Architect, your firm will benefit from best-in-industry building information modeling tools. With the software’s design-oriented BIM capabilities, you will streamline costs, refine construction details, and increase your energy efficiency – all without altering your preferred process. Flexible parametric objects help you create a virtual prototype of your designs, with as much or little detail as needed. Edit and analyze your model while simultaneously generating interactive schedules.

BIM with Vectorworks

Capabilities Vectorworks Architect Autodesk® Revit Graphisoft® Archicad
BIM Modeling Tools
Automatic Drawing Coordination
Photo-Realistic & Artistic Rendering
Built-In Energy Analysis Package
Automated Schedules, Worksheets, and Data Reports
Collaboration with other BIM Software via IFC
Multiuser Environment
Integration of Building and Site Models
Mobile Solutions
Free Academic Licenses
Parametric Modeling
Push/Pull Modeling  
Convert Massing Models to BIM Objects  
Cross-Platform Application  
Full Suite of 2D Drafting Tools    
NURBS Modeling    
Integrated Graphical Scripting    
Extensive Import/Export Options    
Site Information Modeling (SIM) and Design*    
*Vectorworks Designer      

Successful Designers

More than half a million designers around the world are inspired by the transformative design capabilities of Vectorworks Architect. With intuitive features for working individually or across teams, Vectorworks software becomes an extension of the creative process. Designers choose to use our solutions because they can explore countless design options while creating a comprehensive BIM model and construction documents.

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Industry-Leading 3D Solutions

Capture your visions in 3D and design without limitations with Vectorworks Architect. Our first-in-industry, cross-platform graphical scripting capabilities offer new ways to explore form and function, while our advanced suite of Parasolid-based solids and NURBS-surface tools provides you with the ability to create any shape and easily transform geometry.

In addition, Vectorworks offers you the capability to model complex forms with our subdivision surface modeling built on Pixar’s OpenSubdiv library. With our intuitive interface, you will design in any 2D or 3D view using modes in modeling tools that react intelligently to faces of objects as you move your cursor.

The Power of 3D Modeling
with Vectorworks Software
Richard Meier's Jubilee Church replicated using Vectorworks software's powerful 3D modeling tools.

Superior Documentation

Vectorworks Architect empowers you to design without constraints. With a broader array of drafting and annotation tools than other BIM applications, you will produce stunning presentations and the highest quality documentation while you design. Use your Vectorworks BIM model as the basis to create and refine custom schedules and construction documents directly from your design, supporting changes you make throughout your iterative design process.

Multiuser Environment

Collaborate and maximize efficiency. Project Sharing enables architects, interior designers, and others to unify their workflows by allowing the project team to work on the same Vectorworks file concurrently. Streamline your journey from simple sketch to final product.

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Seamless Interoperability

Move your BIM models fluidly among design, analysis, and construction packages with the robust import and export capabilities of Vectorworks Architect. Using industry standard file formats like IFC, you can communicate effectively with consultants and collaborators who may be using Revit or other BIM software. Vectorworks Architect also offers DWG/DXF/DWF and PDF support for the creation and analysis of construction documents.

Exchange concept models from Rhino or SketchUp. Support for both the import and export of 3DM, SKP, and COLLADA file formats, as well as OBJ, STL, and 3DS, lets you explore the full range of design options by incorporating information from multiple sources, consolidating data into one place quickly and easily.

File Type Vectorworks Architect Autodesk® Revit Graphisoft® Archicad
3D PDF E    
3DS IE E  
Cinema 4D (.C4D) E   E
Collada E    
CSV E    
DWG/DXF/DWF IE IE IE
FBX IE E  
gbXML E E E
GIS (.SHP) IE    
HDR IE   IE
IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) IE IE IE
IGES IE   IE
Illustrator (.eps) IE    
IMAGE FILES [GIF, BMP, TIFF, JPG, PNG] IE IE IE
KML E   IE
MOV E   E
OBJ I   I
Parasolid X-T IE    
PDF IE IE IE
PDF/A IE    
Photoshop (.PSD) IE  
Point Cloud I I I
Python Script IE    
Rhino (.3DM) IE   IE
SAT IE E  
SketchUp (.skp) I I I
STEP IE    
STL IE   IE

Inspirational Rendering

Vectorworks Architect offers solutions to develop compelling client presentations that highlight your skills, build your brand, and grow your business. Featuring best-in-industry 2D and 3D graphics and versatile rendering capabilities in Renderworks® — the rendering application powered by MAXON’s Cinema 4D render engine — you can design, document, and communicate with your customers from a single platform.

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