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Japan’s Nikken Sekkei and GRAPHISOFT Extend Strategic Partnership

Nikken Sekkei and GRAPHISOFT have reached an agreement to extend their strategic partnership for the promotion of BIM from 2018 to 2022 — with a special focus on developing next-generation BIM workflows.


GRAPHISOFT’s initial partnership with Nikken Sekkei, one of the largest architecture firms in the world, began in 2013 and has resulted in an array of functionality improvements for ARCHICAD over the past five years, including much of the work in the algorithmic modeling area via partnerships with McNeel’s Rhino and Grasshopper integration.

The next phase of their continued strategic partnership will focus on the development of next-generation BIM workflows that utilize the entire GRAPHISOFT product ecosystem.

Next Generation Workflow

“As members of this strategic partnership since 2013, we are pleased to have played an important role in the evolution of GRAPHISOFT’s products and the development of BIM in the construction industry. We are looking forward to working on the next generation of the design process,” said Tomohiko Yamanashi, Nikken Sekkei’s Senior Executive Officer and Deputy Chief of the Architectural Design Department.

01 – The Hoki Museum, in Chiba, by Nikken Sekkei architects. This project is indicative of the quality and pursuit of design innovation at the Japanese AE giant, which has standardized around GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD via a partnership since 2013.

GRAPHISOFT is also committed to providing Nikken Sekkei easier access to their tools and technology behind the ARCHICAD platform, through a software license agreement that will enable Nikken Sekkei to develop and use the new design process.

“We are very satisfied with the first phase of our partnership with Nikken Sekkei. Working with one of the world’s top architectural design practices has provided us with an unparalleled opportunity to witness cutting-edge design workflow first-hand,” said Viktor Várkonyi, GRAPHISOFT CEO. “We have learned a great deal from Nikken Sekkei already, and I am convinced that together we can really make a difference in the future of the BIM design workflow,” he added.

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According to Bence Kovács, GRAPHISOFT Vice President for Asia, “The software improvements born out of the cooperation with Nikken Sekkei have played a critical role in our success in expanding in Japan and Asia in the last few years. I am sure that the know-how emerging from the next phase will be equally well-received by our users in the Asia-Pacific region.”

About Nikken Sekkei

Nikken Sekkei and its eight Group companies offer comprehensive design, engineering, management, consulting and R&D services. Established in 1900, the company’s portfolio consists of over 20,000 projects in 40 countries. Its activities cover a wide spectrum of sustainable public and private endeavors including: new city design, high-density/mixed-use transit-oriented developments, super high-rise buildings, business parks, offices and facilities for commercial, cultural, educational and healthcare use. Nikken is headquartered in Tokyo and maintains branch offices in China, Korea, Vietnam and the UAE.

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