- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 1 August 2001
AECnews: Kirksey moves up to ArchiCAD 7.0
Architosh Press Report: High-growth Firm Builds Diverse Practice Around Graphisoft Technology
Boston, MA -- (July 31, 2001) -- Houston-based architectural firm Kirksey, ranked 8th on Zweig White's Hot Firm 2000 list among firms focused solely on architecture, today announced that it has expanded its number of ArchiCAD seats to 75 and upgraded to Graphisoft's latest version - ArchiCAD 7.0.
Based on the success of their migration to ArchiCAD 6.0 in 1999, Kirksey continues to build its diverse practice, encompassing ten different specialty teams and close to 120 employees, around the innovation and customization they receive from ArchiCAD.
"We've had an internal review board evaluating Web collaboration for some time and ArchiCAD 7.0's ProjectXchange capabilities hold a tremendous amount of promise for us. That, combined with feature improvements and Graphisoft's leadership in the adoption of the CAD standards that will define the future of the industry like the IAI's IFC and BLIS initiatives, means that we're practicing on the forefront of AEC CAD technology," said David Larrew, director of Architectural Technology for Kirksey.
Kirksey also benefits from a close association with Graphisoft partner Jerry Burk, president of CADeshack, who represents Graphisoft in Houston, Chicago and Louisiana.
"Kirksey's continued growth and success speaks volumes about the benefits of an ArchiCAD-based practice for larger firms," states Chris Barron, AIA, vice president of Architecture for Graphisoft. "We expect that they'll benefit even more from a custom 'Kirksey-version' of ArchiCAD that's now in the works."
Founded in 1971, Kirksey is a full-service multi-discipline architecture firm in Houston, Texas, having grown to be one of the most successful architecture and interior architecture firms in the southern United States. Kirksey is rapidly expanding in the national and global marketplaces, employing over 100 design professionals speaking ten different languages. With an innovative corporate structure, Kirksey is built around ten teams focused on specific project types (Commercial, Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Interior Architecture, Renovation, Residential, Retail, and Special Use) and are supported by eight departments (Automation, Design, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Legal, Marketing, and Project Delivery.
Led by founding president and owner John Kirksey, FAIA, and supported by five executive vice presidents, six senior vice presidents, and five vice presidents, Kirksey is headquartered on its own corporate campus in the heart of Houston. Collectively, the five executive presidents and John Kirksey have been with the firm for 142 years. Further information about Kirksey is available at http://www.kirksey.com.
Architosh Analysis: Kirksey is a prominent Houston firm with a wide array of work, some of it is exceptional. To have such a firm with over 100 employees doing such diverse work with ArchiCAD solidly debunks the myth that Autocad is the necessary de factor standard installation in significant large American practices.
Although we are not aware of whether Kirksey is a Mac-based practice (we are looking into that) the fact is that they are using a program that was born on the Mac. And thanks to the cross-platform orientation of Graphisoft, Kirksey has the flexibility of choosing and mixing hardware platforms if need be.
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