Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software developer for architecture and multidisciplinary design, has recently introduced Archicad AI Visualizer. Powered by Stable Diffusion, a world-class AI-driven image generation tool, the new feature creates detailed 3D visualisations during the early design stages thanks to a simple user interface optimised for architecture and interior design.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most powerful and transformative technologies emerging in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry, with the potential to revolutionise how buildings are designed, constructed, and operated.

“The buzz around AI breakthroughs has shaken up the industry as a whole, with the promise of enabling increased creativity and productivity,” said Márton Kiss, vice president of Product Success, Graphisoft.

“It introduces a novel way of interacting with the design, providing a more streamlined process to make informed decisions and achieve the desired outcome. Quick iterations can be made with each decision point, creating a more dynamic process.”

Archicad AI Visualizer produces design alternatives in the early design phase by adding details, context, and ideas to the original concept. The tool is integrated into its flagship BIM software, Archicad, with no additional purchase required. Users can start by creating a simple concept model in Archicad. Then, any number of refined design variations can be generated using text prompts or a few descriptive words.

Advancing the Future 

The new capability aligns with Graphisoft’s multi-lane product innovation roadmap, demonstrating its commitment to advancing architecture, multidisciplinary design, team collaboration, and a productive ecosystem. This transparent roadmap outlines key innovations powered by their Adaptive Hybrid Framework technology, ensuring rapid delivery of high-quality features and seamless integration of innovative technologies, such as AI. 

Kiss is optimistic about the AEC industry’s readiness to embrace AI despite its historical reputation as a digital laggard. In recent years, the industry has seen encouraging technology adoption and growing awareness of the benefits of digital tools.

In fact, the market for AI in construction is set to snowball with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 24.31% to reach US$9.53 billion by 2028, exhibiting the broad potential of AI adoption in the industry.

Graphisoft plans to continue its research and invest in AI and Machine Learning to assist and allow designers to focus on their profession’s creative and value-adding aspects. Some examples of AI-assisted tasks are design optimization, sustainability, documentation, and automation of other time-consuming tasks.

“The evolution of building design requires us to embrace new technologies. While AI will undoubtedly disrupt the industry, it is unlikely to displace architects but will certainly restructure their roles. AI’s strength lies in connecting inputs and outputs but lacks the creativity and human touch required to conceive novel designs. AI tools like the Archicad AI Visualizer can inspire and help architects explore ideas more efficiently, while human architects remain the driving force behind innovative design,” Kiss said. 

While still in the early stages, AI holds immense potential to revolutionize the AEC industry, and architects who embrace continuous learning will be at the forefront of this transformation. Architects must stay abreast of advancements as AI technology evolves, acquiring new knowledge about AI algorithms and applications. Moreover, architects must explore innovative ways to integrate AI throughout the project lifecycle.

“At Graphisoft, we aim to cultivate a thriving community of experts who share knowledge and actively contribute to developing our solutions. Through Graphisoft Learn, we offer a comprehensive suite of self-paced and instructor-led learning materials, enabling users to master new skills and stay abreast of the latest BIM advancements. Additionally, the Graphisoft Community fosters a collaborative environment where users can readily seek expert assistance and peer feedback.”  

Graphisoft’s Archicad is used by architects and designers in more than 100 countries and is available in 29 languages and localisations. Millions of buildings worldwide have been designed using Archicad, including the world’s second-tallest skyscraper, Merdeka 118 in Malaysia, the iconic Charles Perkins Centre in Sydney, Australia, and the award-winning Shizukokoro – a Japanese-inspired apartment in Singapore.

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