Chief Architect

Chief Architect

4.5 / 5 21 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

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


Average Ratings

21 Reviews
  • 4.5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4.5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $199.00/month/user
  • Pricing Details
    Product includes 1 year of support and software assurance
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Chief Architect
  • www.chiefarchitect.com/
  • Founded 1992
  • United States

About Chief Architect

Chief Architect Software is a leading developer and publisher of 3D Architectural home design software for builders, designers, architects and home DIY enthusiasts. For professionals, we publish the Chief Architect software product line; the most popular product for residential home design. And, for the consumer DIY home design market, we publish the top-selling and best-rated Home Designer product line.


Chief Architect Features

  • 2D Drawing
  • Animation
  • Annotations
  • BIM Modeling
  • Component Library
  • Data Import / Export
  • Landscape Design
  • Virtual Tour
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Modeling
  • Architectural Symbol Library
  • Automatic Formatting
  • BIM Modeling
  • Comparison View
  • Design Templates
  • Drafting
  • 2D Drawing
  • 3D Modeling
  • BIM Modeling
  • Client Management
  • Contract Management
  • Document Management
  • Drafting
  • Manufacturing Design Data
  • Project Management
  • Proposal Management
  • Visualization / Presentation

Chief Architect Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Chief Architect has quickly made creating models and layouts easier than ever before for us.

Jun 05, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are many features to take advantage of almost immediately. They make many of our common tasks such as floor-planning, creating shells, and dimensioning quick and easy.

Cons: With so many features, we were worried training materials would be hard to come by for our staff. On the contrary, it was extremely easy reaching customer support and training was a breeze.

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Customers love the results

May 24, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I love the features and ease of use. We use this to give our clients a glimpse of what their project could look like. We have closed new jobs using this.

Cons: Sometimes the software creates interesting items that I don't know why it does it. But when I click it again and leave the object it is just fine.

Steep learning curve, but the results are amazing

May 11, 2018
5/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The wide range of textures, furnishings and finishes available, and the 3d walk through. Also allows for input of land features for full landscaping finish to product drawings.

Cons: Steep learning curve especially in the Plan Layout stages of finishing. Also the roofing tool takes a lot of practice to get the fancy roofing structures just right,

Overall: Drew and submitted my own home plan and got it approved first try! The spacial orientation of furniture in the drawing also greatly assisted in getting the rooms just right as well as arranging electrical and water systems accurately. The software also allows for an estimate of all materials and fittings necessary to bring your plan to reality.

Pretty Good for Personal Use to view my home

May 04, 2018
3/5
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3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Downloaded this to do 3d walkthrough of house prior to construction. it was great for that and allowed my wife to understand what things would look like.

Cons: You need a pretty good computer to run this. it'd be nice to have a light version that runs a bit faster

Not for professionals - at all!

Apr 30, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like very little about this software package. It says it is for professional architects and they even show reviews by some they claim are architects, but I can't imagine doing anything beyond simple residential projects with this package. Unless you are a novice, don't bother.

Cons: This package does not deliver anything near what it promises. OK for a Do yourself a favor, keep looking.

Had software 30 minutes and I knew it was a mistake, tried cancel immediately

Apr 18, 2018
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Value for Money

Cons: extremely Limited, non intuitive, Bought this based on a review site as an upgrade from two previous programs and to say the least it was a misleading experience and NON REFUNDABLE

Overall: to research better

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on April 19, 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry to hear about your experience. The software comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. Please give us a call at 208-292-3400 if we can assist you in any way.

A great tool for architects

Apr 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This tool is perfectly designed to help the architects of today . An easy and convenient tool with a a affordable pricing.

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Excellent program, very user friendly, great support

Apr 04, 2018
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Chief Architect is a very powerful tool for creating plans and layouts for buildings. It is very easy to pickup and there is a number of official tutorials both on their website and YouTube that cover virtually everything the program has to offer. You can make as much or as little as you need in this program.

Cons: Some automatically generated walls and roofs come in incorrectly and can be very difficult to edit and manipulate. Often times there are work-arounds that suffice, but it can be overly cumbersome to edit.

Great tool for professional arthitects

Apr 03, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: My friends in the the field of architect have been using this and I see it working very well for them . Have used it myself too for sometime. A great tool , easy to use and affordable.

Cons: It covers most of features and modules required by an architect. Nothing which I did not like in this .

Chief Architect is professional 3D design software for all constructions

Mar 31, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality

Pros: Chief architect is user friendly 3D software to designe any interior and it has great quality of the renderings image.

Cons: Not have mush least but isn't another program out there that can coordinate the nature of Chief architect.

Premier software for residential home design

Feb 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: We've been wowing our customers for years thanks to Chief Architect. We love how they keep improving the software every year.

Cons: They RayTrace rendering takes a bit to get a crisp rendering. Might need to upgrade the speed on my computer though.

Overall: Increased sales from a great presentation.

Architectural Designer

Feb 16, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Ease of learning and teaching, Fast plan creation, 3d rendering capabilities, Blocks, Symbols, All of it

Cons: Should be the industry standard above AutoCad, Priced a little on the high side, Materials takeoff is inaccurate and Import export

Overall: I get the benefit of being able to generate a working drawing in short time compared to any other Cadd software as well as creating 3d visuals to aide in comprehension of design

High productivity for not so high a price

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that the system is automated enough to allow you to design and render the building without having to worry about every little detail of how to draw every little line or manually setting every light and texture for rendering, but flexible enough to allow a wide variety of building styles.

Cons: It's not the industry standard, so unless you are the company owner or principal architect, don't expect to enter the job market as a proficient Chief user. This stuff is mostly used by one and two man shops who can't afford to hire. Most hiring is temporary and/or freelance, and that market is quite competitive.

Overall: This software allowed me to obtain skill in its use through it's "grow up" scale, starting from early home versions working up to the top line business version. It allows the creation of a rendering fairly easily, at a reasonable if not top-notch quality, which provides quite a bit of bang for the buck.

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Awesome product and interesting competitor for software that costs thousands.

Nov 09, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Awesome product and interesting competitor for software that costs thousands of dollars. I use it when Datacenters will be moved to new locations and waiting for floorplans it's impossible. The results are stunning.

Overall: It adds an extra touch to my proposals. IT managers appreciate it when I include a rendering of the server location.

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This is a very good software for architecture or home design. It has helped me in several projects

Oct 17, 2017
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: I'm a small business of property management and short-rental, I use the Home Suite version for my projects when preparing new properties. It's a very complete and versatile product. It helps to redesign the space you have in several version and choose the best of it.

Cons: It's not a very user friendly tool and for the version I use, I think the catalog could be better.

Overall: Very useful for my property management business

Easy program to use

Sep 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a great program, even for users that are beginners (like myself). They have great tutorials and the program is very inexpensive.

Cons: There is not much bad to say about it, you do have to buy additional modules if you want to do more; however, overall this is a great piece of software.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on September 06, 2017

Thank you, Riccardo!

poor software

Mar 24, 2017
3/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I purchased an updated version chief architect X6. I have used previous versions for years on a PC and was assured it would run great on a Mac. I downloaded the software to my Mac which was running the minimum system requirements (Mavericks) listed on the chief architect website. I had issues with this software working from the start, i.e. when I would open or try to edit a dialog box it would open a new window behind all previous open windows. Since this computer was a few years old I mistakenly thought it was an issue with my computer. I purchased a new Mac to run the software and ran into the same issues as before. I put up with these problems for more than a year before I contacted chief architect looking for a fix for their software. I was informed by a chief architect tech that this was a known issue that their software developers were aware of and had fixed in later versions and that the only solution to this issue was to upgrade the software. After being transferred to a sales associate I was informed that I would have to pay over money to chief architect to get a version of the software that would work. I told him that I have already purchased software from chief architect and that they need to fix the issue with the version I have or they should stand behind their product and upgrade it for free. I made a complaint with the senior supervisor/manager who informed me that since they could not re-create the issue in house and that I am now currently using an updated Mac with the (Sierra) operating system they would not stand behind there software. Under system requirements for X6 it lists that you need a minimum operating system of (Mountain Lion / Mavericks) nowhere does it say if you have a newer operating system that their software will not work. I would like to see chief architect stand behind the product I've spent thousands of dollars on. So far this has been one of the worst customer experiences I've ever had and I definitely feel I have been ripped off by chief architect.

Chief Architect use

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use builder friendly

Cons: You have to train

Overall: Small construction business values Chief Architect everyday. Great software for everyday simple easy to use.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on February 24, 2017

Thank you Ray!

The only software for custom home design

Dec 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: I've used Chief for the last 10 years. It's the only program I know for designing clear and concise building plans that show the clients in vivid 3d, what the finish product will look like. All to often clients use terms and descriptions that don't convey to the plans. Chief shows them what they are getting for a complete understanding before a shovel hits the ground.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on December 27, 2016

Thank you for your loyalty with us, Charlie!

Best I've tried

Aug 21, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Comments: I have tried a lot of other design programs but keep coming back to Chief , I have found it to be the best overall.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on August 22, 2016

Thanks Fred! We're so glad to be a part of your design process.

Best Software for Residential Design.

Feb 16, 2016
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: After researching over a year. I know I made the right choice. Chief Architect just keeps getting better and better. 3D is great.

Vendor Response

by Chief Architect on February 16, 2016

Thanks Edgar!