Architects and AEC professionals to hear from world’s leading experts on sustainability, integrated design, building lifecycle intelligence, and the future of architectural education at Graphisoft’s Building Together 2021 Digital Event

Leading architects and experts from around the world will join Graphisoft September 14-16 to explore the critical issues and trends that are influencing the future of the AEC industry

BUDAPEST – Graphisoft, the leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution developer for architecture, announced the full speaker list and agenda for the Building Together 2021 conference. Scheduled for September 14-16, and offered at no charge, the carefully curated online program will cover a range of topics of interest to today’s AEC professionals and share case studies on how the latest solutions from Graphisoft can help architects and engineers identify and leverage industry trends for business success.

Graphisoft’s core belief in developing tools to empower teams to create great architecture through design, digitalization, and discovery has prompted the company to bring the world’s AEC experts and thought leaders together to share disruptive innovations, ideas, and examples of great architecture — all within the framework of an inspiring and interactive three-day online conference.

“We’ve invited great minds and thought leaders to delve into important topics such as diversity in architecture, rapid rehousing, the future of cities, the changing role of architects, and the challenges of cultural heritage preservation,” said Huw Roberts, Graphisoft CEO. “We’re also making it easy to connect with other AEC professionals around the world thanks to an innovative networking platform that will connect participants to the discussions and each other,” he added.

Global thought leaders will delve into the critical trends shaping the AEC industry:

Thirty-nine leading architects and experts from around the world will participate — from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Norway, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the United States — in the form of roundtableskeynotes, and short TREND Talks, including:

Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart is a professor at the Leuphana University Lüneburg and founder of EPEA, Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency in Hamburg (Germany), ‘The cradle of Cradle to Cradle.’ He is also co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia, and founder of the Hamburger Environmental Institute (HUI). For decades, Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart has pioneered the Cradle-to-Cradle design concept. He has worked with several organizations and companies across a range of industries and has developed tools for designing eco-effective products, business systems, and intelligent materials pooling. In 2019 Michael Braungart was awarded the Goldene Blume von Rheydt (Golden Flower of Rheydt), the oldest environmental protection award in Germany, for his work.

Philip Allsopp, Senior Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, will speak about the increasing need to rethink human habitats as ecological and technological systems providing energy, food, and water security, rather than mere real estate commodities.

Tiffany Brown, Executive Director of the National Organization of Minority Architects, founded 400 Forward, an initiative that aims to seek out and support the next 400 minority women architects in the US, to address environmental injustices and social issues of the built environment. She will speak about how representation makes a significant social impact on firm practice, culture, education, and design thinking.

Masaaki Matsuoka, Designer/Architect at Osaka’s Takenaka Corp., will speak about tradition meeting innovation by embracing innovative computation methods throughout the design and construction process.

Chris Ambridge, Associate Principal, cox graae + spack; and Gabe Oliver, Vice President, GCS-SIGAL, will speak about the Archicad 25 signature building in a presentation entitled ‘Limitless lessons from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts — a story of collaboration.’ Learn how a single model workflow was taken to its ultimate level to create an iconic theater space and upgrade a landmark building to add significant academic areas as well.

Oystein Elgsaas, Architect/Partner, Voll Arkitekter, will speak about Mjøstårnet, the world’s tallest timber building, located in Norway. An award-winning project designed using Archicad, Mjøstårnet represents a shift in sustainable green architecture.

Roundtable: Educating Architects for BIM + Graphisoft Global Recruitment Survey — Hiring the Next Generation of Architects

An expert panel of educators from leading architecture schools will discuss how we can best prepare students of architecture for technology-enabled workflows, integrated design, and the changing role of the architect.

What does the ideal, recently graduated job candidate look like? Are students well prepared for BIM workflows and integrated design? To help firms find great talent and for students, recent graduates, and young professionals to find their ideal place to work, Graphisoft has launched a global survey, the results of which will be shared at the Building Together event.

Building Together Design Challenge – September 6-24

To encourage people around the world who have registered for the event to work on an easy design task together using Archicad (no prior software knowledge is needed), Graphisoft will launch the Building Together Design Challenge on September 6, focused on each participant’s personal vision of what the words ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ mean.

The individual models will be imported into a single BIMx file. The challenge lasts through September 24, when Graphisoft will reveal a giant architectural puzzle made up of the submitted designs. Participants are invited to encourage their friends and colleagues to vote for their design — and to submit their own. The 50 designs with the most votes will win valuable prizes. For more information and to enter the challenge starting September 6, click the Design Challenge tab at

Graphisoft will offer online networking for event participants. After signing in, users are invited to create a profile on the event platform and connect with others using the chat function.

For a full list of speakers and topics, and to register for free, please visit