focus on design,
not design software.

Archetris’ brilliantly simple tools for early-stage design tasks let you use your brain for the important stuff – design. Designers and planners can save time and reduce frustration with Schema, the app for programming, stacking blocking and planning.

Want to make the most effective use of your design time?

design early.

Early design decisions are the most effective – meaning you get the greatest change in outcome for the least work (and cost). The graph of effectiveness vs. time looks something like Fig. 1. BIM advocates have been preaching this gospel for years. Among other benefits, ability to do clash detection in DD rather than CA with modern BIM software is saving millions, if not billions, of dollars. The distribution of work in BIM vs. CAD workflows looks something like Fig. 2. As you push the ‘bulge’ of effort in the workflow to the left (earlier in the project) the graph more closely resembles the ‘ideal’.

Adding Archetris Schema to your project workflow continues the leftward migration. Schema was purpose-built for early design tasks, providing the tools needed for programming, stacking, blocking and preliminary space planning that don’t require re-entering design information with each task.

Fig. 1: Effectiveness vs. Time

Fig. 2: CAD & BIM Workflow

Fig. 3: Schema, CAD & BIM Workflow

design often.

The best way to judge the quality of a design solution is against other design solutions – compare adjacent alternatives! To generate a lot of solutions for comparison in the very limited time allotted for conceptual design, you’ll need a quick, lightweight design tool that won’t bog you down with unnecessary (at this stage) detail or complexity.

Archetris Schema was built with this in mind. It’s brilliantly simple, blazingly fast, and supports scenarios – letting you quickly create and compare alternate design solutions for your projects.

Is this bright blue?

Which is bright blue?

design informed.

Good design is a hard thing to measure. One of the few quantitative metrics is whether your design has met the program criteria. Informed design is that feedback loop of designmeasurecompare. The shorter that loop, the more time you have for design.

Schema brings that loop to zero. As you use the graphical design tools, Schema calculates areas, derives the related headcount and compares these values to the project program. You have a live ‘dashboard’ next to the design canvas showing the relationship of your design to the program as you’re designing.

Which one best meets the client’s space requirements?

Which one best meets the client’s space requirements?

Want the most effective tool for early-stage design and planning?

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Project Management

Schema’s Projects module is the home page of the application and provides project navigation, organization & basic project information cataloging.


Schema’s Programming module is built just for architectural programming. Develop the project program quickly and easily. Program sub-areas are automatically totaled for comparison against the target. The app you work in is client-presentation ready.


Schema’s Stacking module is unique in being an interactive design tool. As the second step in the workflow from abstract to concrete, it allows the designer to distribute top-level program areas throughout the project, set adjacencies and develop rough fit plans interactively. Stack multi-site, multi-building projects, comparing your design to the program requirements as you work. As with the Programming module (and all Schema modules) the app you work in is client-presentation ready.


Schema’s Blocking module builds on the work done in Stacking by pre-populating floor plans with the top-level program areas assigned in Stacking. Refine the top-level areas and add additional levels with our dead simple (and patent-pending) interface, creating a multi-level blocking diagram that reflects the program.


Schema’s Planning module lets you lay out your project’s space standards (rooms, cubicles, workstations, etc.) quickly & easily – comparing your design to the program requirements as you work.


The Stacking, Blocking and Planning modules all have sidebars that show you the status of your design relative the to the project program. Schema’s Reporting module provides more comprehensive and detailed analysis of your project – client presentation ready, of course.

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