- Jul 28, 2018
ARCHICAD 22 delivers design tool improvements and introduces enhanced design workflow processes.
These represent significant performance improvements and productivity enhancements to its core
design processes as well as to multidisciplinary collaborative workflows.
ARCHICAD's remastered Façade Design workflow enables architects to design,
develop and detail hierarchical curtain wall systems with great freedom using modular patterns.
The design happens with a natural graphical input in the most natural design environment in
3D or 2D elevations, while ARCHICAD ensures the curtain wall system is structurally correct
and adheres to local requirements for documenting and listing.
Faster & smoother 2D navigation:
ARCHICAD 22 introduces significant performance improvements, focusing on a
smooth and truly responsive 2D panning and zooming navigation experience for projects of any size.
Parametric Custom Profiles:
ARCHICAD 22’s Parametric Custom Profiles combines the power of parametric design
with the freedom of graphical profile creation.
Expression Based Properties:
ARCHICAD 22 allows you to use logical expressions to derive new properties and property
values that depend on the element’s own parameters. This new function greatly enriches the
information -- or “I” component -- of BIM. Its automatic workflow lets you define any calculation
rule as an element property value and update it automatically, without time-consuming and
error-prone manual data entry.
Productivity and Workflow Enhancements:
ARCHICAD 22 brings several productivity improvements, providing easier and more
intuitive building design, faster and more precise construction documentation, more accurate
schedules and cost estimation.
What's New in ARCHICAD 22:
A newly revamped Curtain Wall tool provides powerful capabilities for facade design masters
using either traditional or algorithmic-based design methodology. In addition, GRAPHISOFT
intros new patent-pending Machine Learning algorithms to speed up BIM.
GRAPHISOFT has introduced the new ARCHICAD 22 and the annual update features
significant improvements in all areas of BIM, including construction modeling, information
management, and 2D performance. Importantly, ARCHICAD 22 improves the architectural
design and documentation of building facades, one of architecture’s most sophisticated
and complex tasks.
New in ARCHICAD 22:
GRAPHISOFT has remastered Facade Design workflows with a completely rewritten Curtain
Wall tool. Useable on both external and internal building facades, architects can use modular
structures with hierarchy and repeatable and custom patterns to rapidly produce complex and
sophisticated facades. Importantly, the newly revamped Curtain Wall tool features integration
with algorithmic design workflows utilizing GRAPHISOFT’S industry-leading ARCHICAD-Grasshopper-Connection (AGC). The new Curtain Wall tool also works with traditional (non-algorithmic)
methods as well.
“Design is what architects love most about their work. ARCHICAD 22’s revamped Curtain
Wall tool makes designing building façades a true graphical experience for architects with
its modular pattern editor,” said Peter Temesvari, Director of Product Management at GRAPHISOFT.
“The most powerful thing about our new Façade Design workflow is that it covers the entire
design workflow from concept through design development to documentation supporting local
standards – all 100% BIM.”
An enhanced Profile Editor makes it simple to create intelligent profiles for the elements of
architecture—columns, beams, and walls—controlling their shapes and sizes and their cross-section
via BIM parameters.
Patent-Pending Machine Learning at GRAPHISOFT
Machine Learning is a branch of computer science that utilizes statistical methods to learn
with “data” without being directly told (explicit instructions) what to do through programming.
In GRAPHISOFT’s patent-pending case, it appears the company has developed an ML algorithm that statistically optimizes how to intelligently utilize multiple cores of a computer’s CPU.
These cores are smartly anticipating the needs of the user when panning, zooming, and navigation.
This new Machine Learning (ML) technique builds on GRAPHISOFT’s prior work in
the area of Predictive Background Processing by trying to guess intelligently what the user
is going to do next and preparing them in the background. A video shown below explains
these technologies in a side-by-side comparison of AC 21 and AC 22.
Other New Features:
ARCHICAD 22 features a brand new Expression Defined Properties capability.
By using mathematical expressions in interrogating data (or information) in BIM,
ARCHICAD 22 powers up the meaning of “I” in BIM by allowing users to solve for information
in new ways across the BIM. For example, it’s possible to solve for the actual number of bricks
in a building. It is possible to solve for items not just in counts, lineal dimensions, areas, and
volumes but also by angular units.
ARCHICAD 22 also utilizes the latest CineRender engine from sister company Maxon (R19)
for improved rendering qualities and faster render output, but also for creating stereoscopic
or 360-degree spherical renderings.
Teamwork experiences are improved due to a faster element reservation, and an improvement
has been made to exporting building component information from composite skins and complex
profiles using OPEN BIM standards. These are the highlight new features in ARCHICAD 22
but there are many more.
-macOS 10.12 Sierra / macOS 10.13 High Sierra
Incompatible Operating Systems (ARCHICAD cannot be installed):
-Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and older
-The latest updates are required to be installed on all Operating Systems
-Only 64-bit Operating Systems are supported
-HiDPI display support is not available on Windows 8.1 and on older versions
-Processor: 64-bit processor with four or more cores
-RAM: 16 GB or more is recommended; for complex, detailed models 32 GB or more may be required
-Hard disk: installing ARCHICAD on a SSD (or Fusion) drive is recommended; 5 GB free disk space
is required for the installation, 10 GB or more is required per active project
-Graphics card: Dedicated OpenGL 3.2 compatible graphics card with on board memory of 1024 MB or
more is recommended to fully exploit hardware acceleration capabilities. You can find a list of
recommended graphics cards at:
-Display: A resolution of 1440 x 900 or higher is recommended For More here: