Converting an Object into a Symbol

Reference Number: KB-00809 Last Updated: 01-07-2015 03:47 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I have created a custom fixture or furnishing and would like to convert it into a symbol that I can save in the Library Browser.  How do I do this?


While 3D symbols can be imported from third parties, you can also create your own symbols in Chief Architect using any combination of architectural and CAD-based objects.

The easiest way to create a symbol from a 3D model created in Chief Architect is to use the Convert to Symbol tool.  

When the object(s) are configured as desired, you can use the Convert to Symbol tool to create a single symbol assigned to a category of objects that reflects how the object will be used.  

For example, if you designed a cabinet door, select Cabinet Door/Drawer as the symbol’s category so you can assign the resulting symbol to a cabinet.

To convert an object into a symbol

  1. Create a 3D camera view in which the object or objects that  you wish to convert to a single symbol are the only things displaying. Symbols cannot be created in a 2D plan view.

  2. Select Tools> Symbol> Convert to Symbol .

  3. In the Convert to Symbol dialog, choose the symbol category from the drop-down list.  

  4. Check Add To Library if you would like the symbol to be added to the User Catalog in the library.  

  5. Check Show Advanced Options to open the Symbol Specification dialog when you click OK, where you have more extensive control over the symbol’s settings.


  6. Click OK to close the dialog and con­vert your custom object to a symbol and add it to the Library for use in future plans.