Architectural Project Management Software


Hi guys,

I have been on the hunt for some project management software (web or locally based) that could help manage an Architectural company of around 250 people with a couple of offices world wide.

I have not had luck finding many good programs at all - I found one or 2 programs specifically designed for Architectural offices that weren't so good, and then a lot more that were too general..

I was wondering if the members here that work for larger offices could share what kind of systems they use, what kind of features they have - and possibly give me some links, ideas .. I have set out to have such a system custom programmed and an idea of what existing companies use would help "inspire" features that the software might have..

Any info would be appreciated ! :)

Jun 25, 06 4:13 pm

Have you tried Microsoft Project?

Jun 25, 06 6:13 pm
some person

A firm I worked for 4 years ago (120 employees) used Sema4 with apparently much success.

I'm not sure how the software has evolved since, however.

Jun 25, 06 6:18 pm

: are you looking for "scheduling" software or "job cost accounting" software ?

Sema4 was acquired a while back by Deltek Systems ... I doubt that Deltek will continue to support Sema4 for very long.

If you are looking for job cost accounting and financial management software, I recommend that you take a look at Deltek Vision.

Jun 25, 06 6:32 pm

and ... I can't imagine why you would want to undertake a custom programming effort ... that's a massive and expensive undertaking and will have no end of support issues.

Jun 25, 06 6:33 pm

I'm looking for total management software
Document versioning, CAD file review (review dwg with a tablet pc, then the new layer with remarks is automatically put into Autocad), Accounting related to project, Correspondances oriented around projects, Scheduling oriented around projects plus actions possible, to do lists, time tracking, file archiving, scheduled printing etc.etc.

Jun 25, 06 6:37 pm

well ... that's quite a diverse challenge ... can't say that i've ever seen any package that tries to do all of that.

good luck ... let us know what you find

Jun 25, 06 6:40 pm
Jun 25, 06 8:35 pm

several larger gc's use constructware. it provides everything you are looking for (except a built it scheduling function). I find the document control via their file director to be a fantastic tool. We use it for extensive MEP coordination exercises and I think it would work well for architects as well.

Jun 26, 06 7:46 am

For design team co-ordination and one site works we use thrid party software administerted by external specialists. The contractor or the client pays on a project by project basis. Large projects only.

Jun 26, 06 9:26 am

Any other links, suggestions, anything :) ?

Jun 29, 06 5:14 pm

Has anyone here actually USED archioffice? I've been curious about it.

Jun 29, 06 5:18 pm

it doesnt look so good to be honest :\

Jun 29, 06 5:19 pm

What makes you say that? Can you be specific? I've been looking for something for awhile, too.

Jun 29, 06 5:24 pm

Im not sure, it just seems too general and doesnt have many specifically architectural document managament features, review etc.

Jun 29, 06 5:52 pm

This one looks hot although i'm not sure how well it's integrated with windows apps, but it looks like it makes good use of OS X

Jun 29, 06 6:34 pm

seems very similar to basecamp .... hot but kind of generalised

Jun 29, 06 7:10 pm

Here's another company/software - recommended by a friend/ Dont know how good it is, but he seemed impressed.

Sep 19, 06 5:22 pm
Tony Marcou

Hello friends,

Project management software is a term covering many types of software, including estimation and planning, scheduling, cost control and budget management, resource allocation, collaboration software, communication, quality management and documentation or administration systems, which are used to deal with the complexity of large projects.

Best regards
Tony Marcou

Sep 18, 12 2:03 pm

Most project management software sucks. This one doesn't:

Sep 18, 12 4:27 pm


Sep 19, 12 12:07 am

Newforma isn't project management software. It's document and file management software. There's a big difference between those things, and if you try to use Newforma as a PM/PPM tool it won't work (I've been using Newforma for almost 10 years now).

Sep 19, 12 12:32 pm

My bad... I was responding to the criteria in Adelz posts, which Newforma handles well.

Sep 20, 12 10:58 am

Have you tried or Zoho? They are great CRM software for managing architecture projects! 

May 15, 14 3:51 pm

Anyone tried Basestone? More of a mark up and review tool. Also does anyone use Slack and Trello for project management?

Oct 9, 15 4:16 am

Find it funny somebody wrote an article, based on your original post...

Sep 29, 17 6:33 pm
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As an architect, I felt that pains of what you all are going through and so my team and I decided to build out software that's specific to issues we deal with in architecture: It's been a long time coming for a company to focus on building back office software tools for the 80% of arch firms that are under 10 people, and that's our focus. 

The Dashboard is launching publicly at the end of October, if any of you on Archinect want to check it out, I'm one of the founders, hit me up moe at

Oct 2, 17 2:17 pm
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Andrew k

If anyone is still looking, take a look at it’s an online project management software for architects and engineers.

May 16, 18 8:56 pm
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BIM- Work

Try BIM Work :) BIM Work  is a professional architectural management and collaboration APP, with 2,000,000 users worldwide. You can view DWG drawings, BIM models, mark up on drawings and assign issues in the field to your project team. 

May 18, 18 2:37 am

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