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Graphisoft SE
TypeSocietas Europaea
FoundedBudapest, Hungary (1982)
HeadquartersBudapest, Hungary
Key people
ProductsSee complete products listing.
ParentNemetschek AG
  • Graphisoft R&D Zrt.
  • Graphisoft Deutschland GmbH
  • Graphisoft North America Inc.
  • Graphisoft Japan Co. Ltd.
  • Graphisoft UK Ltd.
  • Graphisoft Brazil
  • Graphisoft Singapore
  • Graphisoft Hong Kong Ltd.
  • Graphisoft Beijing Rep. Office
  • Graphisoft Mexico
  • Graphisoft Italy

Graphisoft SE is a Hungarian design software company headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. As a subsidiary of Nemetschek, Graphisoft develops Building Information Modeling software products for architects, interior designers and planners. Graphisoft has subsidiaries in Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan and representative offices in Russia and Singapore. The company's flagship product is ArchiCAD[1] — an architectural design software developed since 1984 for Windows and Mac platforms.



In 1982, Graphisoft was established by Gábor Bojár. The Hungarian software developer created terrain modeling software on microcomputers while he was head of a mathematical department at the Geophysical Institute in Budapest.[2][3] The communist history of Hungary was an important factor in the success of Graphisoft. When private companies had been allowed, Bojár promptly left his job and launched Graphisoft with a competent team. They were all experts in three-dimensional mathematical modeling, but had no access to the most modern and efficient computers. This limitation led to the development of 3D modeling software that could be used on low cost PCs. Then the team provided such software to architects.[4] Since 1984, Graphisoft has been supported by Apple.[5] Steve Jobs was impressed by Graphisoft’s capability and the development of the architectural CAD from Bojár in the 2D/3D technology. Therefore, he sent them an Apple computer. This made it possible to create ArchiCAD, the first desktop BIM system and Graphisoft's flagship product.[6]

Graphisoft's flagship product, ArchiCAD was introduced in 1987 as the Virtual Building concept, later (2003) regarded as building information modeling (BIM), and allowing architects to draw walls, windows, doors, slabs and roofs — a common feature now of every BIM-based architectural design software. Subsequent ArchiCAD releases introduced other BIM features such as Teamwork, which enabled more architects to work on the same building in parallel, edit functions in three-dimensional model views, and interoperability add-ons to communicate with other applications using IFC — now a de facto standard in data exchange between BIM applications.

Graphisoft built a campus north of Budapest, the Graphisoft Park. The construction of the technology park began in 1998. Today, it includes the company‘s global headquarters and hosts several technology companies such as Microsoft, SAP and Canon.[7][8] Graphisoft was introduced to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in 1998 and the Budapest Stock Exchange in 2000, and was purchased by Nemetschek AG (Germany) in 2007.[9]

In 2013, Graphisoft signed a contract with Nikken Sekki, to create the BIM Competence & Research Center in order to advance BIM in Japan and Southeast Asia.[10] In 2016, Graphisoft partnered with the company Atlas Cloud to provide a cloud-based access to ArchiCAD.[11] In September 2018, the Graphisoft Park expanded by 20,000 square-meters in the cause of its 20th anniversary, lifting the park’s total area to 75,000sqm.[12] The new buildings are rented to companies under lease. In addition, Graphisoft Park developed an advanced learning center, the Aquincum Institute of Technologie (AIT-Budapest).[13]

In April 2019, Graphisoft’s CEO Viktor Várkonyi started to manage the Planning and Design Division at Graphisoft’s mother company Nemetschek.[14] Huw Roberts was appointed the new CEO of Graphisoft.[15]

In June 2019, Graphisoft entered a partnership with Epic Games to launch next-generation real-time rendering solution for its customers.[16]


Graphisoft ArchiCAD[edit]

ArchiCAD is a complex architectural design tool offering 2D and 3D drafting, visualization and documentation functions for architects and planners to create three-dimensional designs and detailed technical documentation, thus enabling architects to use ArchiCAD from the earliest design phases to the technical detail drawings.[17][18] As of 2019 ArchiCAD is in its 23rd generation.[19]

Graphisoft BIM Server[edit]

Graphisoft's second generation collaboration system lets more architects work on the same building simultaneously with ArchiCAD by allowing them to access and manage the building information model database over the Internet. Graphisoft BIM Server is shipped with ArchiCAD from version 13.[20]

Graphisoft MEP Modeler[edit]

Graphisoft MEP Modeler (Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing) Modeler is an ArchiCAD extension for architects to incorporate duct work and piping into the architectural design. MEP Modeler allows architects to create, edit or import 3D MEP networks and coordinate them with the Building Information Model, facilitating the BIM workflow between engineers and architects.[citation needed]

Graphisoft EcoDesigner[edit]

Graphisoft EcoDesigner helps architects to use virtual building information to evaluate energy performance, thus the sustainability of the building from the very first concept design. EcoDesigner allows architects to analyze their design for energy efficiency, providing feedback on the building's estimated energy performance.[21]

Graphisoft BIMx[edit]

BIMx, formerly marketed as Virtual Building Explorer is an interactive BIM model presentation tool, which allows the presentation of entire building models without the need for installing ArchiCAD or other BIM authoring tool. The software combines video game-like navigation with native BIM features, including measurement of real building dimensions.[22]

See also[edit]


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  10. ^ "GRAPHISOFT Extends Partnership with Nikken Sekkei for BIM in Asia". Retrieved 2019-10-23.
  11. ^ "Atlas Cloud supports GRAPHISOFT's ARCHICAD in the cloud". Cloud Solutions & Services Provider. Retrieved 2019-10-25.
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  16. ^ "GRAPHISOFT and Epic Games announce co-marketing agreement to bring next-gen real-time rendering solution to AEC customers". Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  17. ^ Lopez], Bob Martens ; Herbert Peter. [Transl. from German: Pedro M. (2004). ArchiCAD : best practice: The Virtual Building revealed. Wien: Springer. ISBN 3211407553.
  18. ^ Germany, Mohd Fairuz Shiratuddin, Tulio Sulbaran, Shane (2010). Introduction to ArchiCAD : a BIM application (1 ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar Learning. ISBN 978-1428356641.
  19. ^ "GRAPHISOFT announces release of ARCHICAD 23 | Architosh". Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  20. ^ Eastman, Chuck; Liston, Kathleen; Teicholz, Paul; Sacks, Rafael (2013). Bim handbook a guide to building information modeling for owners, managers, designers, engineers and contractors (Unabridged. ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. ISBN 978-1118021699. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  21. ^ Levy, Francois (2013). Bim in small-scale sustainable design (Unabridged. ed.). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. pp. 2–6. ISBN 978-1118106822.
  22. ^ Boeykens, Stefan (2013). Unity for Architectural Visualisation. Packt Publishing. ISBN 978-1783559077.