GRAPHISOFT Signs Major Brazil Client

Daniel Hopf Fernandes | Founder, Fernandes Arquitetos

BUDAPEST, July 14, 2015 – GRAPHISOFT®, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) architectural software developer, is pleased to announce that GRAPHISOFT Brazil has inked a deal with Fernandes Arquitetos Associados (FAA), one of Brazil’s major architecture firms and the only Brazilian firm responsible for designing two 2014 World Cup arenas..

“Following one month of work by our BIM Manager, and a discussion of the results with the team, we concluded that ARCHICAD, in addition to having a price closer to our reality, was also much closer to everything we had always looked for in a BIM tool. With a very positive technical evaluation and competitive cost, it was relatively easy to make the decision to migrate to ARCHICAD,” Fernandes said.

Once the decision was made, FAA began the implementation phase.

“After one month of evaluation, we immediately started using ARCHICAD. Following 3 days of basic training and 4 days of work, we managed to build a complex project with only 2 architects, even with the normal challenges of having to get acquainted with a new software,” Fernandes said.

“Our main motivation for changing software was Autodesk’s new commercial policy, which is counter-productive to the Brazilian economy,” Fernandes said. After testing and using ARCHICAD, the firm has concluded that it is a superior software. “ARCHICAD integrates with Rhino — and it is more user-friendly and intuitive. ARCHICAD also offers us greater modeling freedom and allows us to model and document in one single platform,” he added.

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About Fernandes Arquitetos Associados

Founded in Sao Paulo in 1998 by Daniel Hopf Fernandes, award-winning Fernandes Arquitetos Associados has won market recognition in various segments, totaling over 160 designs in infrastructure and transportation, health, industrial, residential, commedia and mixed-use buildings, institutional, sports and urban design. Fernandes Arquitetos was the only firm responsible for two arenas for the FIFA World Cup 2014: Itaipava Arena Pernambuco and the Stadium Journalist Mario Filho - Maracanã. In addition, they recently completed their first international project, Nacala Airport in Mozambique.


GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution in 1984 with ArchiCAD®, the industry first BIM software for architects. GRAPHISOFT continues to lead the industry with innovative solutions such as its revolutionary BIMcloud® the world’s first real-time BIM collaboration environment, EcoDesigner™, the world’s first fully BIM-integrated “GREEN” design solution and BIMx®, the world’s leading mobile app for BIM visualization. GRAPHISOFT has been a part of the Nemetschek Group since its acquisition in 2007.

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