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Vectorworks Architect

Vectorworks Architect is elegant architectural CAD software that offers BIM capabilities in a flexible, hybrid-design environment. With its superior 2D and 3D functionality, you’ll enjoy an ease-of-use not found in competing products. Vectorworks Architect’s approach to BIM lets you improve your existing design process instead of replacing it – making it easier for many firms to adopt a BIM workflow.


Realize your most inspired visions with Vectorworks Architect. After all, you inspired its design. It's flexible, so you have the freedom to design the way you want. It's versatile, so you can create, model, and present easily and precisely with one application. It's intuitive, so it works the way you think. It's a smart investment that's affordable, customer-focused, and proven worldwide.

Flexible: Enjoy the freedom to design the way you want

With Vectorworks Architect you’re not limited to a prescribed workflow, so you have the freedom to work the way you want to work. Incorporate your existing approach to design to make the best use of the skills you already have in-house. Collaborate seamlessly with other people and with other software applications.

Versatile: Create, Model, and Present with one application

Move easily between tasks. From design concepts to construction documentation and every design phase in between, Vectorworks Architect marries precision 2D drafting and flexible 3D modeling with state-of-the-art technology. Create, model, and present easily and precisely with one application. With Vectorworks Architect, you can do it all.

Intuitive: Work the way you think

Do what you like to do best – design. You won't waste time getting up to speed because Vectorworks Architect's simple, customizable interface and what-you-see-is-what-you-get display make it easier to learn and use than standard CAD applications. No matter what you're switching from, Vectorworks Architect's interface will be familiar. Vectorworks' SmartCursor™ technology replaces manual drafting tools, so even inexperienced CAD users can make the switch easily.

Smart: Make a good investment in yourself

Affordable, customer-focused, and proven worldwide—Vectorworks is a smart investment in you.

New in 2015


Create dynamic 2D and 3D designs, glide through your projects with a tightly streamlined interface, and access extensive features and resource libraries. Vectorworks Architect offers the features you want in a comprehensive, intuitive software that will multi-task just like you do.

A vast suite of 2D precision drafting tools provide you intelligent ways to design.

  • Parametric Constraints
  • Free Hand
  • Smart Cursor
  • Mirror
  • Rectangle
  • Tangents
  • Flyover
  • Split
  • Rounded Rectangle
  • Lines
  • Spiral
  • Attribute Mapping
  • Rotated Rectangle
  • Double Line
  • Eye Dropper
  • Trim
  • Circle
  • Arc
  • Attribute Mapping
  • Fillet
  • Circle by Points
  • Polyline
  • 2D Reshape
  • Chamfer
  • Oval
  • Polygon
  • Rotate
  • Offset
  • Clip
  • Move by Point
  • Chamfer tool
  • Double Polygon
  • Connect/Combine
  • Visibility
  • Select Similar
  • Create Similar Object

Building Information Modeling functionality is available in flexible 2D/3D workflows.

  • Viewports
  • Two-Way Database Worksheets
  • Planar Graphics
  • Unified View
  • Design Layer Reference Viewports
  • Linked Markers
  • HVAC, Plumbing, & Electrical Tools

Intelligent building shell tools enable an easy transition into a BIM workflow.

  • 2D/3D Wall and Roof Framer
  • Adjacency Matrix
  • Straight and Curved Walls
  • Window Walls
  • Customizable Window Tool
  • Customizable Door Tool
  • Wall Projections
  • Wall Recesses
  • GSA-Compatible Space Planning Object
  • Roof Faces and Model Roofs

Hybrid 2D/3D architectural objects allow you to design with valuable information already attached.

  • Columns and Campaniles
  • Custom Stairs
  • ADA Ramps
  • Custom Cabinets
  • Desks
  • Counters
  • Shelving
  • Tables & Chairs

A suite of powerful free-form modeling tools make it easy to design custom objects and shapes.

  • Boolean Operations
  • Nurbs Curves
  • Loft Surface
  • Extrusions
  • Extractions
  • Potrusions
  • Shells
  • Solids

Create stunning presentations with options other programs just don’t provide.

  • Gradients
  • Image fills
  • Hatches
  • Hand Sketch Styling
  • Unlimited Color Choices including palettes from Pantone®, Benjamin Moore®, Sherwin-Williams®, Resene®, Pittsburgh Paints®, and more.

Sharing your drawings is very simple with a broad array of import/export options.

  • PDF
  • .skp (Sketchup)
  • .kml (Google Earth)
  • .3DS
  • JPG, TIF, PSD, EPSF and more
  • IFC 2X3 Model Exchange
  • .stl
  • .IGES
  • .SAT
  • DOE-2
  • Parasolid X_T

Annotate and detail your drawings using the detailing suite in VectorWorks Architect. Options include:

  • Constrained Dimensions
  • Radial Dimensions
  • Chain Dimensions
  • Insulation
  • Redline and Revision Control
  • Notes Manager
  • Dimensional Constraints Manager
  • Library of details from www.CADdetails.com

Extensive symbol libraries ship with Architect so you don’t have to draw your instruments from scratch.

  • Marvin Windows and Doors
  • Storefront Windows and Walls
  • Knoll Furniture
  • Wolf Appliances
  • Entourage Vehicles
  • Entourage Figures
  • Seats
  • Millwork Cabinets
  • Handrails
  • Metal Detail
  • Furnishings and Scenic Elements
  • Elevators and Escalators
  • Fixtures
  • Fire Suppression
  • Fireplaces
  • Kohler Baths, Faucets, Sinks, Showers, Whirlpools, Bidets
  • Weather Shield Doors and Windows

Visualizing designs in is a breeze using a series of commands and rendering options available with the add on, RenderWorks.

  • Atmospheric effects
  • High Dynamic Range Images
  • Solar Animations
  • Volumetric lighting
  • Render physical light with .ies light distribution files
  • VBvisual Plants
  • Create accurate renderings with Radiosity or Final Gather Rendering

Australian Features

OzCAD produces a special version of Vectorworks Architect called Architect Australia, which is localised for Australian practice. It contains Australian libraries for walls, doors, windows, finishes, standards, applied finishes, sanitary fixtures, details, fireplaces, handrails and more. We have also added high quality 2D and 3D entourage libraries for people, vehicles, trees, furniture, etc., plus additional hatches, colour palettes, image fills and gradients. For more information, read the detailed descriptions below.


AnimationWorks allows you to create complex camera or object animations entirely within Vectorworks, then save them as QuickTime movies which can be viewed by anyone who has QuickTime installed. Read more and see sample movies.

Australian Colour Libraries

Standard libraries include Dulux®, Taubmans, Porters, Murabond, Colorbond®, Laminex®, Concrete Colour Systems and Cabots®, AS 1100.301 Material Colours.

Coordinate Marker Tool

Allows a drawing to be setout with coordinates that refer to a user defined origin or datum. If datum changes, objects can be updated to display the new settings. Options include whether IDs are displayed as in the example below, and whether X/Y or X/Y/Z values are shown. Can optionally display as Eastings/Northings.

Coordinate Marker Tool

Custom Dashed Line Tool

Useful for boundary lines, piping runs or electrical wiring, this tool is designed to draw straight sided polygons with edges comprising of dashed lines with a cross line or piece of text in the dash space. Once drawn, the polygon can be reshaped with the 2D Reshape tool.

Detailer Tool

Offers a speedy way to work up details that require repetitive elements to be drawn at regular intervals. By default it can draw dressed, undressed or finished timber sections in square or rectangular profiles, at nominated centres and at a nominated rotation. This allows studs, battens, joists, etc., to be quickly worked into details, whilst maintaining editability. Because the tools also supports symbols, you can add any repetitive element to the mix, such as roof tiles, timber cladding or floor boards, C or Z purlins, etc.

Equal Dimension Tool

Replaces the numeric dimension value on a picked dimension with the text ‘EQ’.

Handrails Tool

This tool allows a much greater variety of handrail objects to be drawn as a single piece or as multiple mitred lengths at any angle. It includes a library of predefined types that include glass, wire, timber and aluminium.

Heliodon Tool

For doing shadow diagrams and sun studies. The tool makes it much faster to set the sun position, can store an unlimited number of locations and also has the ability to view the model from the sun. You can also step though the times of the day in any view and watch how a shading device or other aspect of your building performs. Solar calculations can be done using solar time as well as clock time, removing ambiguity from shadow diagrams. As well, you can produce on-screen or QuickTime® solar animations viewed from the sun, providing a much faster way to assess solar access or to evaluate shading devices.

Heliodon Tool

Precast Wall Tool

Creates a 2D only linear object that represents a plan section through a precast concrete wall panel and is designed for producing 2D wall details.

Quick Building Tool

Produces simple block models that can be used for shadow diagrams, floor space calculations or any time you need one or more simple shaped buildings quickly. Buildings can have flat, hip or gabled roofs.

3D Tape Measure Tool

Quickly determine distances between points or objects in a 3D model using this new tool. Like its 2D counterpart, it provides a running total length as well as the length of the last segment drawn.

Local Content and Extra Libraries

  • Accessible doors library (for compliance with AS 1428.1)
  • Additional hatch libraries
  • Additional brick image fills
  • Additional colour palette libraries
  • Additional gradient fills
  • Australian applied finishes notes library
  • Australian handrails library and tool
  • Australian finishes notes library
  • Australian fire and acoustic rated steel framed wall systems notes library (Gyprock) in searchable format
  • Australian standard doors library
  • Australian Standards lists in searchable format
  • Complete Caroma library in plan, front and side views with records
  • Expanded Australian walls library with over 80 different types separated into different construction types (residential, commercial, new, existing, etc.).
  • Extensive and new 2D and 3D libraries for people, trees, cars, furniture, etc.
  • Forbos Marmoleum and Artoleum floor finishes as 2D image fills and 3D textures.
  • Jetmaster library
  • LiteSteel® Beam library
  • New 3D tree and people image prop objects for rendering
  • Stegbar aluminium and timber door and window library
  • Typical Australian details (Monier, Wunderlich, Gyprock, etc.)

Create Floors From Walls

Floor creation just got faster. This command quickly creates floors from selected walls, on the layer nominated. If the chosen layer is the same as the walls, the floors are conveniently sent behind the walls so they appear correctly in 2D.

Create Floors From Walls

Create Ceilings From Walls

Ceiling creation just got faster too. This command quickly creates ceilings from selected walls, on the layer nominated. Ceilings are created using extrudes so they are transparent in a Top/Plan view.

Create Ceilings From Walls

Edit Class Names Utility

Quickly search for and edit multiple class names in one hit with this useful utility.

Edit Class Names interface

Title Block Tool & Issue Command

The VAA Title Block tool and VAA Revise Issue Print commands provide a complete and flexible system for adding title blocks to drawings, entering issue or revision notes, batch printing and creating or updating a comprehensive transmittal. These tools are designed to speed-up drawing management whilst maintaining more accurate and detailed revision and issue history for the full duration of a project.

In Vectorworks 2008, there are new options which include north points, drawing stamps and custom names for title block symbols.

WinDoor Tool

Creates simple or complex windows and doors which are fully editable parametric objects. It allows design and documentation to happen more quickly and provides increased control over component sizes, greater flexibility with door and window designs, better line weight and class control, and the ability to do corner and bay windows with a few clicks. Supports a much greater range of door and window styles for both residential and commercial construction, including parallel sliding door systems, louvred windows, sashless glass windows, pivot doors, glass doors, glass block windows, along with all other conventional door and window types.

WinDoor also includes a custom library of standard Australian doors and windows that can be added to or edited by the user, then used to replace or modify an existing object. With the latter option, it is possible to copy one, some or all attributes from a library item, then apply these to one, some or all WinDoor objects in the drawing. Other new options also include pivot, hopper and round windows, as well as overhead doors.

All WinDoor objects can report both glazing and ventilation areas and have additional data entered such as glass and frame type, screening, egress, compliance and so on.

WinDoor Tool