The Architects BIM Tool



Architectural design is not one-size-fits-all, so BIM workflows shouldn’t be, either. That’s why Vectorworks Architect, one of the industry’s top BIM software programs, is built around an architect’s design process. Vectorworks software’s design-oriented BIM capabilities allow you to conceptualize your ideas, as well as edit and analyze your project, while simultaneously generating drawings and schedules and refining construction details — all without altering your creative process or exceeding the scope of your work.

By exploring the resources below, you can learn more about what BIM can mean in your firm, discover how to go about adapting it to your preferred processes, and see examples of architects and designers like you who are already finding success and growing their businesses with BIM.


When it comes to adopting BIM workflows, some software programs force you to abandon or recreate your personal design process, leaving you with a steep learning curve and an inefficient workflow. Vectorworks Architect allows you to transition to BIM in a meaningful and manageable way because it’s built around an architect’s design process. This means you and your team can remain productive while experiencing the positive impacts of information modeling throughout your transition to a BIM workflow.

To help you get started, we’ve created the resources below, which provide you with everything from technical training and workflow documents to Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) guides and example files, all of which contain information that you can apply to your next design. And if you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to reach out to us by clicking on the “Schedule a Consultation” link, above. Our AEC industry specialists are here to help you find success as you discover your ideal BIM workflow.



Whether you’ve been experimenting with BIM for some time or you’re just getting started, we can help you define and refine what BIM means to you and your firm. Check out the resources below to learn more about what BIM means in practice, how it can revolutionize the way you create your documentation, and how BIM opens up a world of possibilities when it comes to collaborating with other architects, consultants, and anyone involved in your design process. You can also discover the ways that Vectorworks is partnering with other leaders in the AEC industry to improve BIM’s return on investment by enabling tailor-made design workflows that fit any firm and project.



Here at Vectorworks we understand that BIM isn’t just about the paperwork; it’s a platform for elevating your creative expression. Vectorworks software fosters the connection between conceptual design and BIM processes by providing you with a tool that brings data into the early phases of design, letting you make decisions based on not only visual representations, but also on data-rich form. We’re always working to push the envelope on how great design can manifest within a BIM workflow. Learn how all of this is possible from two renowned architects as they discuss their philosophies about BIM and the building arts

Good question! BIM is not a hard-and-fast set of rules for architects to follow. Rather, it’s a way to design with data instead of solely using geometry or 2D lines. That being said, BIM can and should be tailored to suit your needs, which is possible with Vectorworks software. Download the “Strategic Guide for Adopting BIM” to assess your organization’s workflows and develop a successful plan to transition to BIM, as well as help your firm set actionable BIM adoption goals and outline the skills needed to succeed.

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With Vectorworks software, you can collaborate with consultants using BIM tools different from your own by using the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) file format. This means that by using Vectorworks Architect as your BIM tool, you are able to participate actively and easily with any BIM authoring tool that supports the openBIM file standard, meaning that your investment in Vectorworks software ensures your success on any project with any collaborator. Vectorworks software currently supports IFC versions 2×2, 2×3 and 4, and has been certified by buildingSMART International for the export of models based on the IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 – Architecture model view definition, as well as the import of any IFC2x3 Coordination View 2.0 model.

But what does all of that information mean to you?

Learn the basics of IFC, as well as how to import and export your models with IFC using Vectorworks software,with this introductory guide.



Starting a BIM project from scratch can be a daunting prospect, so we’ve created a few sample projects of varying scope and scale for you to explore. Do you want to see how altering a BIM object effects a corresponding worksheet? Interested in how BIM can be used in small- or large-scale designs? Check out the files below to see how BIM works in practice.




Inspired by a small, gallery project located in the mid-west of the United States. This project demonstrates the use of default and custom building objects to create a Building information Model from which all drawings and schedules can be generated.


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A mixed use mid-rise building designed for the unique terrain and climate of Durango, CO. This project demonstrates the use of Vectorworks software for both site modeling and building design within the context of site. Building objects were used to generate a BIM model from which drawings and schedules are extracted. The download includes a site model file.


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