Chief Architect helps educators focus on teaching concepts and less on teaching software. Chief Architect includes a complete curriculum with a digital reference manual and user's guide as well as access to interactive training videos making it easy to learn and teach your architectural or interior design classes.

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John Jones, Teacher

"I teach Chief Architect to high school students and have never seen them more excited about any other program."

–Jon Jones, Teacher

For Students

Student Application

For Schools — Lab Packs

  • New Purchase: $149/License
  • Renewal: $49/License
  • New Purchases and Renewals both include three (3) years of upgrades with Support & Software Assurance
School Order Form

Academic License Information

  • All Academic Licenses are based on the Premier Version of Chief Architect. Chief Architect X6 and later are compatible with Mac and PC. You may use the same license on either OS
  • Academic and Student Licenses are Not for Resale
  • School Lab Packs are designed for network environments
  • Layout pages include a watermark: "Not for Commercial Use"
  • License provided via electronic download with Software Lock Security
  • Electronic Documentation
  • Hardcopy manuals and backup DVDs can be purchased separately. Visit Add-On products

Internet access is required for installation, license authentication, deactivation and video & library catalog access.

Are you an Instructor or Student Member at an NKBA Accredited or Supported school? If so, please visit our Chief Architect NKBA Programs page for additional offerings that may be available to you.