Studio Drake returns to Archicad

Set up in October 2020, Studio Drake is going from strength to strength and has taken on a number of projects, from small extensions to a development of seven dwellings. The studio’s philosophy is to try to push people to think differently, and primarily designs residential buildings and extensions with a sustainable focus. Why Archicad? Steve Drake of Studio Drake explains how an... more

THAA Architects make the switch to Archicad

Established in 2018 and based in Northumberland, THAA Architects specialises in bespoke residential properties, historic property conversions and one-off commercial projects. Why Archicad? David Thompson, Director at THAA Architects, explained that the studio wanted to explore BIM and see what software was available. The studio understood that they would need to embrace BIM from a... more

Simon Mack Architecture Makes the Switch

Based in Henley-on-Thames, Simon Mack Architecture was established nine years ago. The studio specialises in contemporary residential design for new builds, home extensions and renovations. Why Archicad? Simon had been using Autocad for 15 years, but that meant drawing in 2D and then re-doing presentations in 3D. The studio enjoy making  presentations exciting for clients and they... more

SJM Planning praise Archicad

SJM Planning is a planning consultancy based in Kent. The studio works primarily on residential projects including home extensions, new build properties, and office to residential conversions, in addition to projects in the agriculture, equestrian and fisheries industries. How the extended trial helped SJM Planning George Bryant of SJM Planning explained that by receiving the extended... more

Unsworth Architects make the switch to Archicad

Tim Unsworth set up Norwich-based Unsworth Architects in 2018. Specialising in listed building extensions and conversions, Tim works alongside a team of freelance architects and technicians and has recently made the switch to using Archicad. Unsworth Architects on making the switch Tim explained that he had been using Autodesk software - namely Revit and Autocad. Prior to setting up... more

Metric Design Architecture turn to Archicad

Architectural technologist Daniel Poole set up Metric Design Architecture in 2020 amid the global Covid-19 pandemic. To date, the practice has specialised in residential extensions, new build housing for developers and small-scale commercial projects. Metric Design Architecture turn to Archicad Previously employed at Quattro Design, Daniel had instigated the practice's switch to... more

HLM – Delivering Healthcare in BIM

HLM Architects Glasgow studio approached the task of designing a landmark scheme for the Royal Hospital of Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences, which offers 1,800 rooms across 50,000 square metres. The £150M Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is set to bring the distinct services of the Children and Young People's... more

Lime Architecture doubles productivity with Archicad

Andrew Evans, founder and director at Lime Architecture, states from experience that an upfront, detailed BIM model saves time, stress and money in the long term and the duration of a project. There was a time where Andrew counted himself firmly within the BIM sceptic camp. With a project history of mainly small to medium scale residential renovations, BIM seemed more hassle than it... more

Maber – Education and Skills Funding Agency

Established in 1983, Maber is an award-winning practice with offices in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, London and Birmingham. Transforming three secondary schools for 21st century education Secondary education is a fundamental time of life, however those who also have to endure this time in a decaying and poorly insulated building, this can only add unnecessary pressure and stress for... more

Our Housing Design Awards shortlist favourites

With the Housing Design Awards recently announcing their shortlist for this years awards, we decided to take a look through and share our personal favourites. Launched in 1948, the Housing Design Awards are the only awards promoted by all five major professional institutions - RICS, RIBA, RTPI, Landscape Institute and CIAT. ID Partnership Northern - Gresham,... more