KOZ Architects: The Innovational Journey with BIM and ARCHICAD

KOZ architectes - Tête en l’Air

Christophe Ouhayoun and Nicolas Ziesel founded Koz Architects in 1999 with the goal of developing expressive and cheerful architecture, founded on discussion, experimentation and “creative democracy,” open to any situation that drives social and environmental innovations ever further.

Fifteen years later, after 75 competitions and tenders, 27 of which were wins and 18 that were built, Koz Architects relies on a 13-member team and solid partners like PLAN01, which is a group of five architectural firms and an environmental study office. “We do not ask people who work with us to design our fads or obsessions, but to contribute real value through their know-how,” Christophe Ouhayoun points out. “A need, a demand for collaborative work is what led us to choose ARCHICAD back in 2009.” It was a rapid switch: they had barely six months to equip and train a team to use a tool they can rely on. KOZ Architects works today with Teamwork with eight ARCHICAD licenses.

“The idea of designing a project in plan, then modeling it for communicating the project seemed completely absurd...especially with the additional requirement of making a specific model for thermal simulation.” - Nicolas Ziesel, architect

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