Revit vs. ArchiCAD


Hi everyone,

We were taught to use Revit at my school to draw floor plans, sections, and elevations. But lately I find it too restricted (Due to the fact that it's a BIM based program). So I was thinking about self-learning ArchiCAD.

I know that ArchiCAD is a BIM based program as well, but my question is: is ArchiCAD very similar to Revit? Is it a bit more flexible than Revit or pretty much the same?

Dec 3, 18 4:49 am

Whatever your firm uses.

Dec 3, 18 5:25 am

For engineering: Revit, for architecture: ArchiCAD?

Dec 3, 18 5:43 am
Non Sequitur

learn both but revit for the win. 

Dec 3, 18 6:02 am

learn both and take a job in an office that uses Vectorwork, you'll probably go nuts.


Self learning Vectorworks is surprisingly not difficult...

Chad Miller

Revit for the win.


"BIM-based"  BIM is building information modeling - you can BIM in Sketchup...  

I've used both Revit and ArchiCAD in different jobs.  They both have their faults and their pluses.  Switching from Revit to ArchiCAD isn't going to be the magic bullet that makes you a better architect.  IMO, learning how to fight either program to wrangle it to do what you want is more of what should be focused on.  I really liked ArchiCAD and miss some features but I'm glad I don't have to do everything in CAD these days.  I've frequently heard "I can't do that in Revit" when it can, it just takes some thought and knowledge and Google-ing.  

Dec 3, 18 11:39 am

thank you for the comment.

I think you mentioned a good point in telling the program what you want to do, rather than the program telling us what should be done. I guess that's what i am struggling with.


What about it do you find restrictive? 

Neither software is more or less "restrictive" than the other, but like all tools, there are advantages and weaknesses inherent in both.

That said I doubt you'll find in ArchiCAD what you're missing in Revit. 

Dec 3, 18 12:58 pm

I don't feel I can design as want.


I wouldn't recommend "Designing" in BIM. Design on paper (or whatever 3D computer equivalent of 'paper' best suits you), document in BIM.


OH NO... I use Revit to design buildings for my clients everyday. Have I been doing it wrong for y ears?

Chad Miller

I don't know, are your designs any good?


Discussion helped here to clear the topic of Revit vs Archicad

Dec 7, 18 7:42 am

No it didn't

ArchiCAD is more flexible, especially in 3D. However as a whole I definetly prefer Revit; especially when it comes to putting together CDs. My current firm is hopefully making the switch from Archi to Revit next.

Dec 13, 18 1:31 pm

I wouldn't despise archicad so much if you didn't have to deal with layers (especially layers) and reserving things.


I agree with this so much. Also the fact that coordinating with anyone else is a nightmare.... Because... They are all using Revit. And the families vs. Objects. I don't want to need to learn code to make a chair.


Similar? Yes, they are both BIM. People will say AC is more, "flexible," but they are mostly referring to the ability to fly in 3D perspective similar to SketchUp. IMO design on paper or in SketchUp. It also has Boolean tools which are cool. If you try designing in either program, the model will eventually be trashed anyway to start DD's/CD's. And at that point Revit is a marathon ahead. Keep in mind only about 2-5% of the time one is designing in this industry. And they are usually 50 years older than you and use markers on trace paper.

Aug 27, 19 12:58 am
Chad Miller

2-5% spent on designing?  Maybe in your role but as a project whole I'd say that all of SD and 30% of DD is spent designing.  That's without getting into the debate about weather or not detailing is considered designing ( I think it is).  

Aug 27, 19 9:48 am

2-5 was very low. It was also very late when I wrote that haha.. I wouldn't say any higher than 15-20% in SD's. The line between DD's and CD's have blurred since the introduction of BIM. Design happens throughout the entire process sure, but the majority happens in the first 15%. And we all know these figures vary drastically from project to project and firm experience with project types.

Aug 27, 19 10:04 am
Chad Miller

Fair enough.

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