ArchiCAD (Computer-Aided Design)

What is ArchiCAD?

Archicad is a software program used by architects in the architecture-engineering-construction (AEC) industry to design buildings from the conceptual stage to completion. It is a BIM (Building Information Modeling/Management) program developed by GRAPHISOFT that allows architects to work in a BIM environment. ArchiCAD is functional and user friendly. Additionally, both axonometric and perspective views are available in ArchiCAD, giving you more options for exploring the model. In other words, Archicad is a user-friendly authoring design program that is mainly used by architects and BIM administrators, enabling architects to concentrate on their end-goal of designing.


Upon completion of this course, you will be familiar with –

  • The ARCHICAD Interface
  • Navigation
  • Creating Basic Structures
  • Annotation
  • Visualization
  • Layouting

Target Audience



No prerequisites

Software Requirements

ARCHICAD 21 International

Course Outline

I – Introduction to BIM

Definition of BIM

What BIM means in the context of an architectural software

II – The ArchiCAD Interface

Opening the file

A closer look at the interface

III – Navigating ArchiCAD

Navigate the floor plan

Navigating the 3d model

Model views

IV – External Structures

Elements Placement

Creating a Curtain Wall System

Modifying Curtain Walls

Creating Stories

Creating a Flat Roof

Creating Parapet Walls

Placing a Stair

V – Internal Structures

Creating Interior Walls

Placing Doors

Mirroring Doors

3D Library Parts

Merging Files

VI – Dimensioning

Manual Dimensions

Automatic Dimensions

Creating Section Viewpoints

Elevation Dimensions

VII – Visualization


Inserting Background Images

Placing 2D Objects

Creating 3D Documents

3D Styles

VIII – Layouting