BIM Software for Every Design Phase

Phase 1: Pre-design

With more support for common file formats than any other BIM solution, Vectorworks Architect can pull together all necessary information to start your project, providing everything you need for conceptual design, site planning, and analysis all in one interface. Quickly confirm design intent while transitioning from massing models to concept models.

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Phase 2: Schematic Design

Foster your creative vision with intuitive drawing tools supported by a flexible and easy-to-use modeling engine that’s perfect for space planning and programming. Easily transition from massing models to a BIM model, visualize concepts with integrated 3D rendering, and share high-quality graphics with your entire team through Vectorworks Cloud Services.

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Phase 3: Design Development

As project detail increases, Vectorworks Architect facilitates smooth consultant coordination and aids cost estimation — all while refining design decisions. Intelligent information modeling keeps data exactly where you need it and ensures painless data reporting.

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Phase 4: Construction Documentation

Using 3D data-driven tools from project inception maintains model quality while making construction documentation a breeze. Vectorworks Architect’s BIM tools means updates to your model automatically updates documentation. Collaborate with anyone without compromising your design process with the software that supports your entire project lifecycle.

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SD Schematic Design
DD Design Development
CD Construction Documentation
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Imagine it. Design it. Document it. 

BIM software isn’t exactly known for promoting creative expression. But Vectorworks is different. We allow you to freely sketch, model, and document your design ideas with precision drafting capabilities and the most flexible 3D modeling engine available, powered by SIEMENS Parasolid. So you’re not limited by presets and strict parameters — you have the flexibility you need to design anything you can imagine.

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Maximize the I in BIM

Getting the most out of the “I” in Building Information Modeling is essential for optimizing your designs. Vectorworks makes it easy to quantify and analyze information as early as the schematic design phase so you can make smart decisions. Run “what if” scenarios and automate schedules, calculate costs, analyze energy efficiency to maximize each design element.

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Work with Anyone

Vectorworks allows you to easily collaborate and share files with colleagues, consultants, and clients. We offer the most default import/export capabilities available, as well as support for openBIM and IFC, and direct links with Revit®, SketchUp®, Rhino®, Photoshop®, and Cinema4D. 

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Stay ahead of the curve

We’re advancing the use of emerging technologies and making them accessible to everyone. You won’t merely keep up with the latest technologies, you’ll stay one step ahead.

  • AR/VR

  • Point Cloud

  • Photogrammetry

  • Cloud Services

  • 360 Panorama

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Win More Work

With an extensive suite of drawing, illustration, and rendering tools, Vectorworks allows you to produce remarkable line drawings and stunning 3D presentations so you’ll impress even the toughest of clients. You can even create an immersive presentation experience with cutting-edge technology like virtual and augmented reality and rendered panoramas.


You’re in good company.

Discover how respected firms, design innovators, and award-winning architects around the world use Vectorworks.

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Coordinating An Open BIM Workflow

Assael Architecture | London, United Kingdom

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The Change | An Efficient BIM Process for Sustainable High-Rise Construction

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Building Designer Homes on Vienna's Steepest Slopes

Building Designer Homes on Vienna's Steepest Slopes

Livingpool Architecture & Design | Vienna, Austria

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Making the switch is Easy.

Unlike other programs, Vectorworks doesn’t require you to upgrade all your hardware, retrain your staff, or toss your CAD standards and libraries out the window. We’ll make the transition easy by helping you migrate to BIM at your own pace.

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