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Architecture Design Software

Architecture software is project management software designed for the architecture, construction, and engineering industries. Contractors, architects and engineers use these tools to develop and refine designs for new products, as well as manage current projects and job proposals. Architecture software is related to Construction Estimating software, Construction CRM software, and Construction Management software.

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2D and 3D CAD software with design automation and architecture toolsets, plus web and mobile apps.
CAD software used for precise 2D and 3D drafting, design, and modeling with solids, surfaces, mesh objects, documentation features, and more. It includes features to automate tasks and increase productivity such as comparing drawings, counting, adding objects, and creating tables. It also comes with seven industry-specific toolsets for electrical design, plant design, architecture layout drawings, mechanical design, 3D mapping, adding scanned images, and converting raster images. Learn more about AutoCAD

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Bluebeam provides a shareable, real-time solution to architecture projects. Create takeoffs and accurate proposals in no time.
If you're experiencing challenges when sharing architecture designs and ideas across platforms, and with many team members and stakeholders across the world, turn to Bluebeam, a suite of on-the-go construction markup software that seamlessly keeps your team on the same page when design elements are modified or updated. With its 2D/3D capabilities and support for many formats, your team projects will stay on budget and on time. Learn more about Bluebeam Revu

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Built for architects, by architects. Automate time tracking, invoicing, and reporting - so your team can focus on project delivery.
Built for architects, by architects. BQE CORE is an award-winning and top ranked firm management software designed to help architecture firms improve profitability and project efficiency. Seamlessly integrate front and back office operations with a premium suite of workflow tools that include: project management, CRM, time and expense tracking, invoicing, electronic payments, accounting, and HR. With BQE CORE, architecture firms are well positioned for sustainable, scalable success. Learn more about BQE CORE Suite

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
BigTime is the engine empowering the greatest consulting firms on the planet to budget, track & bill their most important asset: time.
Architectural consulting firms need more than just a timesheet. You need a system that unifies budgeting, project planning/execution, team communication, task management, resource management, invoicing & project financials. BigTime gives you the tools you need to deliver billable work on time and on budget, giving our customers an average improvement of 25% in gross margins and a substantial increase in expansion and referral revenue. "We didn't have to compromise or change the way we operate." Learn more about BigTime

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Design, document, coordinate, manage, and deliver architecture projects with Revit®. Call (818) 639-7755 for more information.
Revit® BIM software helps architecture teams create high-quality buildings and infrastructure. Key Capabilities include: - Place walls, doors, and windows. Generate floor plans, elevations, sections, schedules, 2D and 3D views, and renderings quickly and accurately. - Share, sync, and iterate designs with engineers and contractors in Revit in a unified project environment. - Optimize building performance in early-stage design, run cost estimates and more! Call (818) 639-7755 for more information Learn more about Revit

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
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  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Kitchen and bathroom design software solution, with the largest selection of manufacturer catalogs available to designers
Every new feature, from the Cloud Configurator to the EZ Render rendering engine, was created to help kitchen and bath designers do more in less time, thereby increasing sales and profitability. Provide your clients with a 3D panoramic experience, allowing them to virtually explore their new space from any where at any time. Use 2020's cloud catalogs to personalize designs and give clients the final nudge they need so you can close more deals and win more sales. Learn more about 2020 Design Live

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
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  • Design Management
Graphisoft develops Building Information Modeling software products for architects with Archicad and BIMx solutions.
Tailored BIM for Architects, by Architects. With Archicad's comprehensive toolkit and user-friendly interface, empower your project design, visualization, documentation, and delivery, regardless of scale. It stands out as the market's most streamlined and intuitive BIM software, allowing you to concentrate on crafting exceptional architecture. Learn more about ARCHICAD

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
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  • Drafting
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Performance management platform for architects and landscape architects, built by design professionals for design professionals.
Turn time into revenue with ease. Monograph is a performance management platform for small to mid-size architecture and landscape architecture firms. WIth Monograph, you can track and visualize the value of your time across phases, project budgets, team members, and clients in real-time. Generate insights from the time you invest in projects. Enable your teams to lead with a solution that enables them to make decisions from time every week. Learn more about Monograph

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
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  • Drafting
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
The fastest 3D rendering and visualization software for architects. Breathe realism and concepts into CAD projects. Render in seconds.
Lumion is the fastest 3D rendering and visualization software for architects. Whether you model in Revit, 3ds Max, SketchUp, ArchiCAD, Rhino or many others, Lumion instantly breathes life into designs with realistic trees, stylish effects, and thousands of objects and materials from the content library. No training required, and in just 15 minutes, you can learn to create jaw-dropping images, videos and 360 panoramas with lightning-fast speeds. Learn more about Lumion

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Easy 2D software with hundreds of built-in architectural templates, tools & symbols. Draw and print to any scale. Import & edit Visio.
Make 2D architectural drawings and designs in minutes using SmartDraw's built in templates, tools and symbols. Includes pre-made 2D plans, as well as the ability to start from scratch. Draw and print to any scale, including Metric. Simple sharing and collaboration tools. Import Visio files & stencils. Easily design floor plans, home and house layouts, site and plot plans, commercial & office plans, store layouts, elevations and more. Learn more about SmartDraw

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
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  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Scan a floor plan in 5 minutes using only your smartphone.
Bringing floor plans to the forefront of real estate by eliminating the pain of manually sketching floor plans. CubiCasa is an easy-to-use mobile app that requires only a smartphone. All you need to do is signup, scan, and it's done! Learn more about CubiCasa

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Photorealistic 3D rendering & home designing tool that enables interior designers to custom edit layouts of floors, furniture and more.
Architecture tool designed to help interior designers and home decorators including beds, appliances, rugs, curtains, and other structural objects to create 2D or 3D floor plans. Using its snapshot feature, managers can add shadows and lighting effects to capture the realistic image of the interior. Planner 5D allows amateurs to adjust the sizes of furniture and walls and add colors to provide an accurate look of the building. It lets professionals save and share the designs with home owners. Learn more about Planner 5D

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
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  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Projectworks is an easy-to-use platform allowing architecture firms to optimize their resources and create profitable outcomes.
When looking at business management software, architecture firms have to consider the easability of use so they can have the time to focus on creating their beautiful work. Which is why Projectworks easy-to-use platform improves profitability, accuracy and efficiency, and keeps projects within budget. Complicated ERPs that weren’t designed with you in mind are a thing of the past when you start working with Projectworks. Start your free trial today, and find more time to focus on your project Learn more about Projectworks

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Owner-focused construction program management solution to streamline and automate your projects, from concept to closeout.
Projectmates empowers Owners to manage the entire project life cycle – from concept to close out – in one centralized platform, eliminating the need for multiple applications. When you use Projectmates, you own all project data, so you gain a clear overview of projects, down to the granular level, enabling you to get ahead of problems to prevent delays and costly rework from occurring in the first place. Learn more about Projectmates

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Clientary is a full-suite app for your team to manage projects proposals and more.
Clientary is a full-suite app for your team to manage projects, hours, proposals, leads, invoices, payments, staff, and clients. Stop wrestling with one-off doc files, templates, and disconnected apps. Clientary helps you streamline client lifecycles from proposals and estimates, to time tracking, invoices and payments so you and your team have everything you need in one place. Clientary also includes a branded client portal to help you look professional to clients and prospects Learn more about Clientary

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Unanet A/E is purpose-built ERP for A/E firms and offers Project Management, Business Intelligence, Financials, and more in one system.
Unanet A/E, powered by Clearview, is a purpose-built ERP for architecture and engineering firms and offers Project Management, Business Intelligence, Time and Expense Tracking, Financials, Integrations, and CRM in one system. Powerful analytics dashboards allow businesses to gain greater visibility and control, analyze data in real time, and drive their business forward. Unanet Connect is the first and only open integration platform that integrates Unanet with hundreds of applications. Learn more about Unanet ERP AE

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Bonsai is the only tool you need to run your architecture business. Win more projects, get paid faster, and save time.
Bonsai is the all-in-one architecture business software. Bonsai streamlines your workflow: Proposals that help you win new bids, easy to approve with e-signature. Invoicing with crystal clear pricing breakdown and automatic payment reminders. Forms & CRM to gather your clients' needs and info. Checking account and expense tracking to manage your business's finances. Easy to set up and simple to use, Bonsai will save you time and money. Try it for free today. Learn more about Bonsai

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
The industry leader for residential architectural home design software. This program is easy to use for the building professional.
Architectural CAD solution designed to help remodeling professionals, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, architects, and builders utilize automated building tools to create construction designs. Specifically built to create residential designs, Chief Architect can be used to automatically generate floor plans, 360-degree panoramic renderings, and more using a unified interface. Builders can also use the platform to share 3D models with homeowners or subcontractors. Learn more about Chief Architect

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
With Capmo, you can simplify the complex day-to-day work in the construction industry and the management of all your projects.
Capmo makes it easier for you to manage the complex daily life in the construction industry and to manage all your projects. Capmo is the intuitive software for construction. Focus on the essentials thanks to automated work steps, digital quality assurance and clear project overviews. For collaborations & agreements without misunderstandings. For comprehensible information & documentation in one place. For a uniform overview of all dates & deadlines. Learn more about Capmo

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Collaboration tool that lets you search building codes, view the latest code interpretations, and collaborate with colleagues.
ICC Digital Codes Premium is an entire digital toolset of building codes and standards that gives you deeper insights, greater efficiency, and stronger collaboration. Quickly search codes, add notes and bookmarks, access supplemental content, view real-time code change proposals, share licenses, and more. Digital Codes Premium provides Get reliable code interpretations and insights and connects you to the most trusted source of building codes and standards, at your desk or in the field. Learn more about ICC Digital Codes Premium

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Enscape is a real-time rendering and VR plugin that empowers design workflows by turning building models into immersive 3D experiences.
Enscape is a real-time rendering and VR plugin. Compatible with Revit, SketchUp, Rhino, Archicad, and Vectorworks, it is the easiest and fastest way to turn models into immersive 3D experiences. Used by 85 of the top 100 architecture firms, Enscape empowers workflows by integrating visualization and design processes into one. Learn more about Enscape

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  • 3D Imaging
  • Presentation Tools
  • Document Management
  • 2D Drawing
  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
Vectorworks Architect offers all the design, rendering, documentation and collaboration tools you need.
Built to showcase your skill and creativity, Vectorworks Architect allows you to sketch, model and document in a fully integrated workflow with the world’s most design-centric BIM solution. With superior 2D graphics, 3D modeling and visualization tools, Architect is built to deliver absolute creative expression and maximum efficiency. Learn more about Vectorworks Architect

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • Drafting
  • Contact Management
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
CorelCAD allows individuals and organizations of any size to create powerful technical graphics quickly and affordably.
Achieve outstanding results with CorelCAD 2021, an affordable collection of powerful 2D drafting and 3D design tools, purpose-built for architecture, engineering, construction (AEC) and manufacturing professionals who demand precision. Turn visualization into realization on Windows and macOS, thanks to native .DWG file support for efficient collaboration and .STL support for productive 3D publishing. Learn more about CorelCAD

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  • 3D Imaging
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A simple field report and punch list mobile app that will save you hours of time and stress.
With Deltek + ArchiSnapper, you can save up to 50% of the time you spend on field reports and punch lists. You can quickly draft reports on-site with your smartphone or tablet. By documenting all the necessary data — like text, photos, floor plan annotations, and more — immediately while on-site, you will have a professional and branded field report ready by the time you leave the construction site. Learn more about ArchiSnapper

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  • 3D Imaging
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  • BIM Modeling
  • Data Import/Export
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Design Management
A cloud-based construction management software that is utilized by architects and designers to improve collaboration on-site.
A cloud-based construction management software that is utilized by architects and designers to heighten the collaboration with their construction teams. VisiLean supports lean production planning and execution, with dedicated BIM integration and Mobile App support. Learn more about VisiLean

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  • 3D Imaging
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Architecture Design Software Buyers Guide

What is architecture software?

Architecture software is project management and computer-aided design (CAD) program that enables contractors, engineers, and architects to digitally create and refine high-quality architectural designs and manage their projects and job proposals. Architecture software is also known as construction design software and architectural drawing software.

The benefits of architecture software

Architecture software digitalizes the architect's workflows and helps them manage designs and construction plans in an organized manner. Key benefits of architecture software are:

  • Organized design repository: Long gone are the days when architects had to work on paper-based construction designs. An architecture program not only allows architects to create and edit their designs electronically, but also organize them. Designs can be easily searched using filters for date, project/client name, project type, designer name, etc.
  • Better visualization: Designs built using an architecture program offer better clarity into site models and floor plans than paper-based drawings or 2D models, which means clients can better visualize the entire design before construction begins.
  • Easy design revisions: Digital designs allow designers to easily change and revise their design an unlimited number of times without having to create a new design from scratch. Architects can also reuse designs from previous projects.

Typical features of architecture software

  • 2D drawing: Design and view objects in a two-dimensional space.
  • Drafting: Draft digital architectural designs for visualizing, communicating, and planning future construction.
  • Document management: Create and manage a central, searchable repository to collect, store, and share documents of all types.
  • Presentation tools: Share and present architectural design to clients.
  • 3D modeling: View a three-dimensional representation of any surface or object.

Considerations when purchasing an architecture program

  • Feature requirements: An architecture program not only offers basic design features such as 2D and 3D modeling, but can also include advanced tools such as 3D mapping or BIM capabilities. With advanced features, however, the cost rises. Be sure to evaluate your business requirements before purchasing software so you aren't paying for more than what you actually need.
  • Compatibility: Some architecture software runs only on certain operating systems (e.g. Windows or Mac). Make sure you have complete knowledge of your in-house IT infrastructure so you know which products will be compatible with your hardware. Vendors can even run the software on your system to make sure it's compatible. Asking for a free trial of the software is also a good way to make sure the system is right for your needs.
  • Integrating 3D printing technology: Paper-based illustrations and 2D or 3D models are not always the most effective way to present the minute details of a complicated project to clients. Thanks to 3D printing, architects are now able to print physical models of their designs. A 3D-printed model offers a faster way to create ready-to-present models as soon as the digital designs are approved and finalized by the client.
  • Replacing physical prototypes with virtual reality: From paper-based construction plans to displaying physical prototypes of a building, architects are always looking for more innovative ways to present their designs to their end clients. Virtual reality can replace the need for physical prototypes, as it offers a more interactive tour of the property to clients. Clients can better understand designs and get a feel of the final site while taking a virtual tour.