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Chief Architect Review

Chief Architect OUR SCORE 85%
starting price $199
our score 85%
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  1. What is Chief Architect
  2. Product Quality Score
  3. Main Features
  4. List of Benefits
  5. Technical Specifications
  6. Available Integrations
  7. Customer Support
  8. Pricing Plans
  9. Other Popular Software Reviews

What is Chief Architect?

Chief Architect is an architectural solution that utilizes 3D rendering, which allows the creation of detailed plans for light commercial buildings and houses. As the user is drawing structures, such as walls or as they place objects around the building, 3D renditions are generated automatically. This means that the creation process is focused more on manipulation instead of modeling. The software also features a 3D viewer for Android and iOS devices, which enables the users to export and share their 3D plans as well as embed them in their websites. Aside from that, Chief Architect also produces a list of materials used in the developed design. This can save time as there is no need to list the materials manually and also provides clients with the choice of modifying the plan in case their budget won’t suffice.

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Chief Architect features

Main features of Chief Architect are:

  • Foundations
  • Doors and Windows
  • Library and Catalog
  • Terrain and Landscape
  • Stairs and Ramps
  • Cross Sections and Elevations
  • Layers and Dimensions
  • Plans and Layouts
  • Lighting, Electrical, HVAC
  • Text, Annotation, Scripting
  • Rooms and Walls
  • 3D Rendering and Visualization
  • Printing
  • File Import and Export
  • Roofs and Ceilings
  • Framing
  • CAD Tools
  • Cabinets
  • Materials List and Cost Estimates
  • 3D Design and Materials

Chief Architect Benefits


The main benefits of Chief Architect are it streamlines the design process, it offers powerful building and designing tools, it provides a powerful CAD engine, it shows multiple views of projects, and it defines exterior details. These are the Chief Architect benefits in more detail:

Streamlines the design process

Chief Architect brings efficiency to its users since it allows for enhanced quality and speed to the designing process. The software is equipped with powerful tools for building and designing, which enable users to draw up plans at a faster rate. The increase in speed, however, is not an indication of poor design quality as the platform ensures that the plan created is in accordance with the standard building process.

Powerful building and designing tools

Chief Architect allows the creation of immersive and engaging design with its smart object design capability. Through this, objects can be molded from configurable articles that are derived from actual products of manufacturers.

The software also allows for the creation of vivid building schemes. This is accomplished by automatically converting walls and other drawn features into 3D objects as the designing process is taking place. It also allows for convenient switching between 2D and 3D view while on the modeling and editing phases.

Provides powerful CAD engine

While Chief Architect provides powerful architectural designing tools, it also provides its users with another powerful tool, the CAD engine. Using this, users can swiftly manipulate objects, generate CAD minutiae, and read AutoCAD files.

Multiple views of projects

The 3D rendering together with virtual tours aids in showcasing the user’s design. The one that will help in the actual building of the project is the construction drawings. The software provides its users with a set of tools for creating a complete multi-view of the project – from floor plans to elevations and framing of section details. This will allow total control over the layers to aid in creating the house or the building being designed.

Define exterior details

The developers of Chief Architect understand that the building or house being created is not the only thing of relevance. The site to where it’s going to be built and the landscape that surrounds it are also vital factors. Because of that, the software allows users to add or configure some details in the exterior and the surrounding spaces of the building.

Technical Specifications

Devices Supported

  • Web-based
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Desktop

Customer types

  • Small business
  • Medium business
  • Enterprise

Support Types

  • Phone
  • Online

Chief Architect Integrations

The following Chief Architect integrations are currently offered by the vendor:

The vendor didn’t provide any details on integration.


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Pricing Plans

Chief Architect pricing is available in the following plans:

Free trial
Chief Architect Premier (Rent)
Chief Architect Premier
Chief Architect Interiors