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What Is Chief Architect?

Architectural CAD solution designed to help remodeling professionals, interior designers, kitchen and bath designers, architects, and builders utilize automated building tools to create construction designs. Specifically built to create residential designs, Chief Architect can be used to automatically generate floor plans, 360-degree panoramic renderings, and more using a unified interface. Builders can also use the platform to share 3D models with homeowners or subcontractors.

Who Uses Chief Architect?

Chief Architect software is designed for professionals, designers, architects, and remodelers. And Home Designer software is designed for the consumer DIY home design market.

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Reviews of Chief Architect

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.0
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.1

Reviews by company size (employees)

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  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Tejshree
Tejshree
Manager in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Civic & Social Organization, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Chief Atchitect

5.0 last year

Comments: Overall chief architect is not the best and easy to use software that I’ve ever use. It is very convenient and user-friendly.

Pros:

With adding on features like attenders you can really walk into your home and have complete vision about it. My clients are really very happy after having a picture real view of their dreams

Cons:

Rendering needs very high and systems and that involves a good cost

Teresa
Kitchen and Bath Designer in Canada
Construction, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Plans for clients and trades alike!

5.0 last year

Comments: I can't imagine using any other program.

Pros:

I love that I can use one-floor plan to create everything I need to provide to the customers, the foreman, the trades, and the designers to be able to have concepts come to light. Notes, dimensions, and materials are all easily accessible in the program.

Cons:

There was a steep learning curve which I still don't feel that I have mastered completely. It works differently than other design programs I am accustomed to used and didn't feel like I naturally knew where tools were.

Luis
Owner in US
Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Not a smart software

1.0 3 years ago

Comments: Horrible

Pros:

Nothing, I like absolutely nothing about it!

Cons:

Everything, I hate every single thing about this software. It is not smart whatsoever. Once you use smart software, CA will be so insignificant. You have very little room for customization, no phasing, the layout process is completely atrocious. Worst software in existence. Again, one you use good software CA will be a raisin for a brain compared to a highly respected scientist.

Dixon
Dixon
Chief Internal Auditor in Barbados
Verified LinkedIn User
Banking, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Definitely Chief !!!

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: With Chief Architect, the system does most of the work for you so you can focus on the floorplan and even in the placement of objects in the rooms, the walkthrough view is also excellent for showing a client the finished project so there is buy-in for the proposed construction or remodel. Landscaping is also easy as the Cadastral can be transferred into the plan allowing for accuracy in placing building on lot

Pros:

Found the software easy to understand and use especially with the 3d vies available which can be seen in split screen beside the floorplan, also with the detailed QS breakdown, estimating materials needs accurately is a cinch. The online tutorials and ideas will have you designing in no time

Cons:

With all software there is a bit of a learning curve especially with the rapid changes in versions which add substantial changes to the software in terms of materials and objects that can be utilised.

Stephen  Olawale
Stephen Olawale
ARCHITECT in Nigeria
Verified LinkedIn User
Construction, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

QUICK RESIDENTIAL DESIGN MODELING MADE EASY

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: i have had to crash lot of residential design proposal, chief architect have being productive, giving me a good presentable 3D model, within a short time was amazing, I really don't have to put in some details, it generate them graphically automatically.i have recommended this app. to a friend to avoid delay of presentation.

Pros:

The trial version is very helpful especially for novice in the industry who would like to learn, creating my residential designs and models are very much faster with Chief architect, the rendering are good for quick business but might not be the best but very presentable.and files in chief architect not too heavy for my system memory, it works pretty fast.

Cons:

creating and modifying complex geometries with chief architect not feasible, if feasible modify is difficult, even the roof generated might not be my taste, editing roof is difficult,shell structures, complex space frame and trusses are not easy with this application, while generating the your simple residential design I just have to go with the generated roof forms, it just not flexible enough for me, but i prefer it when i need a quick simple residential design model done, i will not recommend chief architect for a detailed 2D Drawing,or working drawing it is best for 3D modeling of simple forms of residential buildings.

Chief Architect Response

5 years ago

Thank you for the comments. Roof design is one of the more complex areas of the software. Here are some resources on manually editing roofs in Chief Architect that you may find helpful. Playlist of roof design videos: https://www.chiefarchitect.com/videos/playlists/95/15-roofs.html