Softwares used by top designers like you

Some time ago you have been wondering that what softwares the top designers use. So that you can use them to generate similar superior excellent professional designs with your unique creativity skills.

Here is the list:

1. Zaha Hadid

Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Gehry Technologies, today announced that world leading Zaha Hadid Architects has expanded the deployment of Digital Project (DP), Gehry Technologies Building Information Modelling (BIM) system based on Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA virtual design solution.

Zaha Hadid Architects pushes the boundaries of architecture and urban design experimenting extending and intensifying existing cities and landscapes. In the pursuit of a visionary aesthetic the practice designs and develops some of the world’s most grandly innovative building projects on a huge and complex scale. These include the 340,000 square meter Soho Galaxy mixed office and retail site in Beijing and the radical 85,000 square meter Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza that includes a museum, library and educational facilities.

2. Foster and Partners

As an architecture and design business, Foster + Partners needed a robust workstation solution with powerful graphics capabilities to effectively run the highly graphics intensive 3D design applications that the firm uses. Eighty percent of Foster + Partners staff being architects, standards dictate that the firm have one machine build that goes to all several hundred of those employees, and that variations to that build be taken into account for the remaining 20 percent who complete design work associated with the firm’s ongoing projects. The ultimate goal, then, is for Foster + Partners to achieve a much higher level of standard than prior to the partnership with Lenovo.


The studio has established an international reputation with buildings such as the world’s largest airport terminal at Beijing, Swiss Re’s London Headquarters, Hearst Headquarters in New York, Millau Viaduct in France, the German Parliament in the Reichstag, Berlin, The Great Court at London’s British Museum, Headquarters’ for HSBC in Hong Kong and London, and Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt. There is also a strong interest in city planning and infrastructure. The practice has received over 550 awards for excellence and won 92 national and international competitions since its inception in 1967.


Foster + Partners’ main challenge lies in managing the vast volumes of data that a modern, global architectural firm like itself generates, and making that data available globally to its architects and designers. Foster + Partners transfers large CAD files and 500MB Adobe® Photoshop files in near real time to temporary onsite offices around the world. How the company stores that data and manages de-duplication is a true challenge, in addition to satisfying the distinctly different computing needs of its two user types: the highly demanding technical set, which encompasses the firm’s designers who generate the majority of Foster + Partners’ data volume, and the support set, which includes the firm’s facilities team, accounts team, and HR team.

  • CAD Applications: Bentley® MicroStation & Architecture, Rhinoceros® Rhino
  • Graphics: Adobe® Creative Suite
  • 3D Software: Autodesk® 3DS Max with V-Ray & Maxwell Render
  • Processor: Intel® Quad-Core XeonTM 3.16 GHz
  • Graphics Processor: NVIDIA® Quadro FX5600 1.5GB
  • Storage Configuration: Solid State SAT drives
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3 RAM

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