"Chief Architect helps us satisfy clients in a manner we never dreamed possible and have virtually instant feedback on everything"

–John Manca
Blue Mountain Contractors, Inc.

Software for Design-Build Professionals

Actual Rendering Designed with Chief Architect
Actual Rendering Designed with Chief Architect

Chief Architect is specifically designed for the residential design and light commercial market. We have focused on making Chief Architect powerful and easy to use for the Design-Build professional – not the computer professional. With our Getting Started Guide, you can design your first house in 30 minutes.

Automatic and Manual Framing
Automatic and Manual Framing

Home Design and Remodeling
Perfect for residential or light commercial design, from concept to final plans. Make the most of your design time and win more business. Quickly place and arrange walls, windows, doors and architectural objects from a library of over 18,000 items to create a 2D plan view or 3D model in minutes. When the design is finalized, use the Materials List to help create your cost estimates.

Design with 2D and 3D Models
Turn concepts into realistic 3D models in minutes.

Detailed Plans and 3D Models
Detailed Plans and 3D Models

Automatic Building Tools
Use the powerful built-in Automatic Building tools to make the most of your design time. You will also find all the manual building tools to highly customize your design.

Cost Estimating
Chief Architect maintains a complete model as you design and will automatically create a materials list in a spreadsheet so that you can specify your costs.

Blueprints and Elevations
Blueprints and Elevations

Powerful CAD Tools
Choose from over 3,000 built-in CAD blocks or use the powerful CAD drawing tools to detail your designs.

Plan Sets and Blueprints
Produce full construction documents with framing, electrical, plumbing, elevations, cross-sections and more.