GRAPHISOFT, a global leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions for architects, this week announced that a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA). The MOU signals a commitment to working together for the advancement of architecture and specifically to promoting Building Information Modeling (BIM) knowledge and enhancing professional BIM skill levels among architects in Singapore.
The MOU was signed by Tibor Stahl, Director and Colin Kum, Sales Director of GRAPHISOFT Hong Kong Singapore Branch; Theordore Chan, President of SIA; Mr. Ashvinkumar, Immediate Past President of SIA.
The MOU was designed to establish a SIA-GRAPHISOFT Partnership Program to boost collaboration and jointly host seminars, workshops, and events.
The Partnership Program entails various sponsorships by GRAPHISOFT in the following areas:
- Archifest ArchXpo Sponsorship (2014, 2015 and 2016 years)
- SIA Practice Convention Sponsorship and Knowledge Sharing (2015, 2016 and 2017 years)
- SIA Design Awards Category Sponsors (2014, 2015 and 2016 years)
- Professional Knowledge Seminars (2014, 2015, and 2016 years)
With this new partnership, GRAPHISOFT is committed to sharing deeper knowledge of practical BIM application with architects and helping professionals in Singapore leverage BIM technology to enhance productivity and cost-savings.
This is yet another win for the Hungarian BIM leader as it establishes key strategic agreements through much of Asia. While Singapore, which is a city-state, may have just over 5 million in population size, the affluent country is one of the Four Asian Tigers and is highly urbanized. With just around 1500 architects in the country and just over 600 architecture students, the entire country’s architecture base is just over the architecture staff levels of Nikken Sekkei, the world’s 4th largest architecture firm in Japan which made a landmark strategic agreement with GRAPHISOFT earlier this year. Does this mean this isn’t that much of a big deal? Not likely.
With high urbanization and one of the world’s top GDPs (Singapore is ranked 3rd by the International Monetary Fund) the city-state is highly international and influential.