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ARCHICAD Now Available Under Subscription Licenses in North America

New subscription licensing options for ARCHICAD in Canada and the US now available will empower firms with greater workflow and collaboration capabilities.


Available just in Canada and the United States, GRAPHISOFT has announced that buyers of ARCHICAD, the company’s industry-leading BIM software solution, can now choose between “perpetual” and “subscription” licensing terms. The company had already provided a rental option as well and maintains that option.

New Subscription License for ARCHICAD

Both ARCHICAD and ARCHICAD Solo are available under a subscription option and the terms of payment can be either monthly or annual. Customers can choose to mix both perpetual and subscription products, license options, and terms to provide the flexibility they need for their practice.

“Offering choice and freedom to our customers with these flexible licensing purchasing options strengthens a firm’s ability to manage risk and be in control of their business decisions,” says Campbell Yule, GRAPHISOFT’s Global Business Development Director. “We’re pleased to further expand their choices and introduce subscription as a new purchase option.”

01 – GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD 21 is now available under subscription licensing in North America, in addition to perpetual license options.

“GRAPHISOFT is committed to providing flexibility and will continue to offer both the existing perpetual license model alongside the new subscription model,” says Viktor Varkonyi, GRAPHISOFT CEO. “Customers can access our software in a way that works best for them. We see these new licensing options as a perfect complement to our existing perpetual license program.”


All licensing and purchase options for ARCHICAD and ARCHICAD Solo are now available via GRAPHISOFT’s value-added resellers (VARs) and sales representatives across the US and Canada. Readers interested in this product can connect with an authorized representative here: [email protected].

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

The decision to offer subscription licensing, particularly down to monthly terms, will give existing ARCHICAD firms increased business scaling flexibility. It means as project workloads rapidly increase firms can strategically upscale their licensed seats at increments smaller than a full perpetual license. This is particularly relevant in the economy today where many firms are at peak scale and unsure of what may lie ahead in a few years. 

02 – ARCHICAD and Grasshopper helped form complex ceiling shapes in this lobby at the EY Centre, by FJMT in Australia. As architects continue to explore algorithmic design workflows, the new subscription licensing option for a BIM product enables these designers to explore GRAPHISOFT’s ARCHICAD to Grasshopper workflows.

This new subscription option no doubt also helps firms who may be using both ARCHICAD and Revit in their practice due to contract demands, and it also helps Revit firms collaborating with ARCHICAD firms so they can afford to increase seats to optimize workflows for more staff without committing to perpetual licensing. 

Lastly, for those professionals leveraging Rhino + Grasshopper workflows in design, who are attracted to ARCHICAD due to its increasing and unique abilities to be driven via Grasshopper scripts, it provides a more affordable and controllable test bed to explore an algorithmic BIM workflow. (see image 02)

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