International Competition of Conceptual Design for Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Leisure Bridge, Shenzhen


While experiencing a critical transition period in ecological civilization construction and high quality development, Shenzhen now faces a prominent conflict between urban construction and ecological protection. Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt., the largest mountain forest and green space clusters in the downtown core, offer the main destinations for three million citizens in the surrounding areas to enjoy recreational climbing and embrace nature via country trails. They play a significant role in the city’s ecosystem and the urban service functional system.

In the earlier years, Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt. were completely disconnected due to the construction of Meilin-Guanlan Road, and no pedestrian link was left. In the past three decades since its opening to traffic, Meilin-Guanlan Road has brought great changes and huge social benefits to the surrounding areas, while at the same time, it also posed noticeable adverse impact on the eco-environment of both mountains and public leisure activities. The dissected Meilin Mt. – Yinhu Mt. ecological landscape area also adds to the difficulty of biodiversity protection as it worsens the fragmentation of the ecological landscape, and cuts off the paths for animals to forage, mate and migrate. Hikers have to take quite a long detour to climb across the mountains, which is time- and energy-consuming and goes against the advocate for regular outdoor leisure activities.

Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Corridor, accommodating the “one ridge” as in the “one ridge, one belt, and twenty corridors” layout proposed by Shenzhen’s Mountain-Sea-City Integration Plan, is the main corridor that runs through all ecological patches in the central part of the city. It is of great ecological significance to securing and improving biodiversity, guaranteeing species migration and gene exchange, and building a continuous, complete ecological security pattern in central Shenzhen. Spanning over the Meilin-Guanlan Road, Meilin Mt.-Yinhu Mt. Eco Leisure Bridge serves as the north gateway to showcase the image of Futian District. Through creatively planned connections, it will reflect the harmonious relationship among animals, plants and human from different perspectives, further meet the demands of citizens for suburb hiking, sightseeing and leisure activities, upgrade the regional urban spaces, and demonstrate the concept of ecological civilization construction in the new era.


Location Overview

The Project is located at the mountains of Meilin and Yinhu in the north of Futian District, Shenzhen. As a node in close adjacency of Futian Central District, it will connect the Meilin Mt. Country Park on the west and Yinhu Mt. Country Park on the east.


Peripheral Conditions of the Project


Bird’s-eye View of the Project Site


Design Contents and Site Location

The Competition includes both the Eco Leisure Bridge and the underground culvert into its design scope to create a multi-level and multi-purpose eco bridge.

The Project is sited between Meilin Mt. and Yinhu Mt. to link up the mountaineering country trails of the two mountains. It is close to the valley catchment area while evading the protection scopes of the underground culvert, the high side slope, the high-voltage lines, Xincai Tunnel and metro lines 4 and 6. The specific location of the Project may be determined by the design team after research and analysis, with consideration given to ecological protection, bridge modeling and landscape design needs. The underground culvert is currently an underpass leading to the valley catchment area.


Site Location of the Bridge



  • The open call sets no threshold in terms of qualification certificates. All local and international design teams (independent legal entities or other organizations that can independently bear civil liability) with relevant design experience are eligible for the registration. Consortium bidders (both domestic and abroad) are allowed. Individuals and teams of individuals are not acceptable.
  • The design firm shall provide the corporate registration certificate, design license certificate or relevant documents of the same effect. Design firms headed by the same individual or whose shares are directly held by the same individual or have a direct holding relation are not allowed to register for the Competition at the same time.
  • In view of the composite functions of this project, the design team should include professionals (or specialized consultants) in architecture, bridge, ecology, landscape, etc., who shall have corresponding work and project experiences.
  • Members of consortia should meet the following requirements:
  1. Members of a consortium are not allowed to register twice for the Competition by their own name or via another consortium in the name of another firm.
  2. The members should sign a legally effective Consortium Agreement, and specify the division of work between the members at this stage, the proportion and way of distribution of the design fee, etc.
  • The chief designer directing the project and consultants shall attend the milestone presentation meetings. Should the chief designer present during the Competition be inconsistent with the one specified in the Application Documents, the Host has the right to disqualify the team from the shortlisting and competition.



Time Activities
Stage I Open call

Aug.26, 2022


Release of preannouncement


Oct.10, 2022


Release of official announcement

By 16:00, Oct.18, 2022  

Design teams to complete information registration at


By 16:00, Oct.27, 2022


Deadline for registration, i.e. deadline for submitting electronic file of Registration document and early concept proposal at ,and the hard copies of Application Documents


Nov.1, 2022

Selection Panel to shortlist 5 design teams for subsequent conceptual design stage
Stage II Conceptual design

Nov.8, 2022


Site visit and Q&A meeting

Nov.15, 2022 Deadline of clarification; design teams to e-mail questions to e-mail box, which shall serve as the only mailbox to take questions. Any email received by other mailbox will be regarded as invalid and will not be replied
By 16:00, Dec.8, 2022 Provision of conceptual design submissions
Dec.9, 2022  

Evaluation meeting

Stage III Design finalization

The Host to finalize recipients of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes

Note: The schedule above is subject to Beijing Time. The Host may, in view of the COVID-19 situation, duly reschedule the time and the ways to conduct site visit and Q&A meeting and evaluation meeting as may be necessary.


Honorariums and Bonuses

 Prize Bonus
The First Prize (1 winner) CNY 700,000 each (tax inclusive) (about US$96,640)
The Second Prize (1 winner) CNY 500,000 (tax inclusive) (about US$69,030)
The Third Prize (1 winner) CNY 300,000 (tax inclusive) (about US$41,420)
Recipient of honorarium (2) CNY 200,000 each (tax inclusive) (about US$27,610)


Design Contract

The Host and the Co-organizer will select one design proposal for implementation from the winning design proposals based on the experts’ review comments and other actual conditions. If the design scheme submitted by a design team is finalized as the one for implementation, the design team will be awarded the design contrac (the specific work scope and contents are subject to the design contract finally signed).

The design consulting fee is charged as per 10% of the design fee in the budgetary estimate approved for the Project.


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR. What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization.

International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design

International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design

Project background

Universiade i-Park, located in the core area of Shenzhen’s Longgang District, which is structured with “one core, two sub-cores and multiple fulcrums”. It is also part of the central cluster in Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City. At present, the construction of educational, cultural and sports facilities around the park is gradually underway. However, the existing facilities of the site cannot meet the development needs of the area.

In order to further improve the environmental quality of Longgang District, to reshape the city brand and stimulate the vitality of the area, International Tender for Universiade i-Park Landscape Planning and Design will be launched soon. The project is now open for pre-registration. Design teams from all over the world are welcome to pre-regist

The completion of Universiade i-Park will help enhance the attraction of the Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City to international talents. It will promote the integration of diverse cultures, and connect with the ecological corridors and surrounding functional areas. The concepts of low carbon, intelligence, ecology, vitality and inclusiveness will be embedded in the construction of Universiade i-Park, so as to build a distinctive brand, and present a new look of Longgang.


City Location


Project positioning

Universiade i-Park will be built into a city park integrating leisure, culture, landscape, artistry, ecology and innovation. In order to realize the connection with the surrounding natural resources and urban space, the park will take “intelligence” as the theme to carry out the improvement of functional facilities and greenway system, ecological restoration, improvement of the landscape, etc. The park will be integrated and linked with the surrounding functional areas of education, sports, arts, finance and residence. It is to be built into a model of international intelligent park.

The following key points are advocated in the design:

  • Enhance accessibility of the park and achieve continuity of urban space.
  • Embed intelligent and low-carbon concepts from landscape design, transportation, operation and other aspects, to create ecological intelligent corridors.
  • Respect the natural base of mountains and waters, and ecological restoration should be emphasized.
  • Propose landscape improvement strategies according to local conditions, improve supporting services and facilities of the park.
  • Fully make use of the landscape resources, build a city viewing platform at the highest place, and shape the brand of Longgang parks.


Project overview

The total site area of this tender project is about 103 hectares, including 3 plots.


Project Location

Universiade i-Park is located in the central cluster of Universiade Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Science and Education City, with Shenzhen Universiade Center and Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center on the east, Tusincere Tech Park on the north, and International University Park on the west and south, including Shenzhen Conservatory of Music, CUHK-Shenzhen, CUHK-Shenzhen School of Medicine, Shenzhen MSU-BIT University and many other institutions of higher education. The park has an excellent natural ecological base. It is connected to the large green corridor of Longgang Qingpingjing-Pingdi Urban Greenway, adjacent to Shenxianling Reservoir and Longkou Reservoir.


Diagram of Land Use and Important Utilities

Yanlong Avenue passes between Plot 01 and Plot 02. Wuhan-Shenzhen Expressway passes over between Plot 02 and Plot 03. The current site has low accessibility, poor internal road circulation and weak external connections. The current condition of the park lacks landscape focal points. The viewing pavilion on the hilltop has limited functions. The landscape resources are not fully made use of as well.


Diagram of Transportation Conditions


Site Diagram of Plot 01

Site Diagram of Plot 02 and Plot 03


Current Condition of Viewing Pavilion on the Hilltop


Current Condition of Shenxianling Reservoir


Tender procedure

The project adopts the method of “open call”, which includes 3 phases: pre-qualification, design competition and final evaluation. The compensation is set for the shortlisted bidders that fail to win the bid.


Phase I: Pre-qualification Phase

The first phase adopts the method of “open review”. The Concept Proposal shall be the major reference for the evaluation. The tenderee will organize Pre-qualification Review Committee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall conduct a detailed review with full discussion to evaluate the Concept Proposal (major) and Company Profile and Credit Documents (secondary) of the applicants. The Committee will vote by open ballot round by round to determine 5 shortlisted bidders (without ranking) and 2 alternatives (with ranking).

Phase II: Design Competition Phase

The second phase adopts the method of “open review”. The project leader or chief designer shall conduct a presentation during the Scheme Review Meeting. The tenderee will organize Scheme Review Committee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall conduct a detailed review with full discussion to evaluate the design schemes submitted by the shortlisted applicants. The Scheme Review Committee will vote by open ballot round by round to determine 3 finalists (without ranking). The remaining 2 shortlisted applicants will receive the Shortlisted Awards.

Phase III: Final Evaluation Phase

The Final Evaluation Committee will be organized by the tenderee according to relevant laws. The Committee shall determine 1 winner and the ranking of the 2nd and the 3rd from the 3 finalists (without ranking) which recommended by the Scheme Review Committee. The winner shall be awarded the design contract; the 2nd place will receive the Excellence Award; and the 3rd place will receive the Shortlisted Award.


Tender scope

The tender scope is all-phase design of Universiade i-Park, including overall schematic design, design development and construction documents design.

The work content in the contract includes design works of all disciplines (such as landscape design, architecture, municipal planning, greenery, roads, bridges, geotechnical, structural engineering, M&E, water supply and drainage, HVAC, BIM, floodlighting, art installation, sponge city, smart transportation, sports fields, etc.) of Universiade i-Park. The design works include the overall schematic design (including budget estimation), design development (including budget preparation), construction documents design (including construction and technical documents, construction drawings and instructions), assistance with construction approval procedure, assistance with compilation of feasibility study documents, on-site construction supervision, compilation of as-built drawings, assistance with completion acceptance and evaluation, etc.

The winning contract is a general design contract. In terms of some specialized design contents such as architecture, roads, bridges, and sponge city, if the winner does not have the above-mentioned specialized engineering design qualifications, the winner may subcontract to the professional company with corresponding qualifications according to regulations. The design documents of the subcontractor must be signed and confirmed by the winner. The winner is responsible for the design documents of the subcontractor.

The design documents of each stage must pass the examination. The project leader/chief architects should be responsible for supervision and control of design and implementation of the project, cooperation of various disciplines and review of the drawings, signing for confirming the materials and samples related to the appearance during the construction phase.

The detailed work content is subject to the design contract.


Design fee and compensation

The tentative contract design fee is RMB 9318000 (tax inclusive) (about US$1,291,510), including the design fee for BIM technology application of RMB 800000 (about US$110,880). If the work content of the design contract or the submitted design documents does not include BIM, the design fee for BIM technology application will not be paid.

Shortlisted applicants that fail to win the bid will receive corresponding compensation if their submissions are approved by the Scheme Review Committee as meeting the design requirements of this tender. The awards and compensation (tax inclusive) are set as below:



Application requirements

  • The bidding applicant must be domestic or overseas entities with legal business registration. Individual or team of individuals will not be accepted.
  • Consortium bidder (hereinafter referred to as the consortium) is permitted, and the consortium should meet the following requirements:
  1. One consortium shall include no more than 3 members (including the leading member);
  2. The leading member should be the landscape design team;
  3. Each member of the consortium shall not apply for pre-qualification alone or participate in another consortium, otherwise all relevant pre-qualification applications will be invalid;
  4. Each member of the consortium shall sign aConsortium Agreement according to the format provided in the Pre-qualification Document, and clarify the division of workload and equity share of the leading member and the others.
  • The applicant must have a Class-A Qualification Certificate for Landscape Architecture Engineering Design or Comprehensive Class-A Qualification Certificate for Engineering Design issued by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of the PRC. For a consortium, at least one of the members must meet the above requirement on the qualification
  • Two or more legal person enterprises or institutions whose legal representative is the same person, the parent company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and different companies that have a shareholding relationship with each other, shall not apply for Pre-qualification as different bidders at the same time.
  • The applicant (or consortium) must designate 1 project leader and 1 chief designer in the Pre-qualification Application Documents. The project leader can also serve as the chief designer. The project leader/ chief designer must be truly responsible for and participate in the whole project.



The official announcement of this international tender will be issued soon. We welcome design teams from all over the world to pre-register.

The pre-registration deadline is 17:00, October 25, 2022 (UTC+8).

Pre-registration is for intention collection only, and is NOT official bidding application. Applicant’s information is subject to paper documents instead of pre-registration.

All information shall be subject to the official tender announcement released later.



Tenderee Bureau of Public Works of Longgang District, Shenzhen
Co-organizer Shenzhen Position Spatial Culture Development Co., Ltd.


The announcement is published on AIMIR’s website now. If you want to know more following details regarding to this competition, please feel free to contact AIMIR. What’s more, you’re more than welcome to touch base with us if you need architectural visualization.

Free CAD Software in 2023: Best Designing and Drafting Programs

Free CAD Software in 2023: Best Designing and Drafting Programs

CAD, or computer-aided design, refers to the use of computers to design or technically document with an automated process. In the design industry, architects, designers, drafters, and engineers use 2D or 3D CAD programs to draft construction documentation, visualize concepts with photorealistic renderings, and preview the unbuilt.

Today, we’ll introduce some of the free CAD programs with their merits and features. Hope this article will help you meet the best free CAD programs to get amazing 3D models and 3D prints for your project!


Best Free CAD Software


Here we’ve summarized the information including the pros and cons of each free CAD software:


#1. Autodesk AutoCAD


Pricing: Free 30-day trial, or $1,865 per year.

OS: Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile apps available.


Architects and designers use AutoCAD for both 2D and 3D designs. With free AutoCAD software, you can product design, do simulations of the structure, and create incredible accurate 3D visualizations. If you’re wondering whether this is the right software for your expertise, we’ll say AutoCAD is suitable for both beginners and professionals.

AutoCAD allows its users to set dimensions on the drawings, and build them automatically based on the given dimensions. At last, the result can be immediately printed on 3D printers, exported to any social networks, or just share by e-mails. On top of this, you can enjoy a connected design experience on any device, including desktop and mobile. The interface is user-friendly and easy to use, and we believe it is one of the best free architectural software.


#2. FreeCAD


Pricing: Free.

OS: Windows, macOS, Linux.


FreeCAD is an amazing drafting program with an open source and a simple interface. Because of its extensive functionality, FreeCAD is a good choice for both beginners and professionals. However, it requires knowledge of Python language if you hope to develop professional projects. Therefore, it is one of the best drafting programs for simple and basic designs.

This free CAD program reads and writes to many file formats including DWG, DXF, PDF, SVG and other popular formats.


#3. TinkerCAD


Pricing: Free.

OS: Online.


TinkerCAD is an online application, which means you can access it easily on your browser instead of downloading the program. Besides, it is super user-friendly because this best free CAD program has an easy-to-understand approach to shape 3D models. How it works is that you can create the object you want by placing blocks one by one.

The best thing of TinkerCAD is that it allows you to juice up your ideas without any 3D modeling or drafting experience. Thus, it is an ideal CAD program for beginners.


#4. SketchUp


Pricing: 30-day free trial, or $699 per year.

OS: Windows, macOS, Linux, and mobile apps available.


SketchUp is a well-know and widely-used professional CAD software, especially for architects, interior designers, and engineers. It offers more than professionally-developed drafting, you can also enjoy creating 3D models and document 3D ideas in 2D.

Another merit of SketchUp is that it has hundreds of professional extensions to create an instinctive 3D experience. At the same time, this best free CAD software is equipped with an open-source library with a large collection of 3D models. In this way, you’re free to choose and use the right model for your project. At last, the SketchUp Free is a web platform which is totally free for personal use and students!

If you’re interested in SketchUp, you can check out our case study of using SketchUp here: A Mixed-use in Vietnam.


#5. OpenSCAD


Pricing: Free trial.

OS: Windows, macOS, Linux.


First things first, OpenSCAD is not suitable for all CAD users. Instead of focusing on the artistic side of the result, OpenSCAD is more for elaborated CAD projects. That is to say, OpenSCAD is the ideal application when you are planning to create 3D models of architecture or machine parts.

It’s a sure thing that OpenSCAD is not an interactive modeler. As a user, you have full control over the modeling process based on descriptive language.


#6. Fusion 360


Pricing: Free for personal use, or $409 per year for business use.

OS: Windows, macOS, Linux and online.


Fusion 360 is the first and only integrated cloud CAD, CAM, CAE, and PCB software platform. As an all-in-one drafting software, Fusion 360 allows you design your idea while engineering and creating with comprehensive electronics and PCB design tools. This free CAD program from Autodesk is an ideal solution for mechanical engineering and product design.

Using Fusion 360’s generative design and simulation tools, you can get access to flexible 3D modeling and design, creating detailed visualizations of complex products, and connect your team and communicate in real-time to manage your exciting projects.


#7. 3D Builder


Pricing: Free.

OS: Windows.


3D Builder is the perfect solution for 3D modeling and 3D printing. This free CAD program has incredible processing speed and pure simple interface. However, this free drafting program is only available on Windows platforms, and is not for heavy model-making.

Surprisingly, 3D Builder is able to turn 2D images into 3D files. On top of that, you can choose freely in the library among already-made projects. On the mobile version of this free CAD program (you can download one on Windows mobile), the application is able to scan objects and convert them into 3D files.


#8. QCAD


Pricing: Free.

OS: Windows, macOS and Linux.


QCAD is an open source application for CAD to create 2D drawings. It is the perfect choice for you if you’re a beginner and working on architecture projects to develop blueprints. With this free CAD drafting program, you can create 2D drawings such as floor plans, mechanical parts and diagrams.

This free CAD software features over 40 construction tools and 20 modification tools. At the same time, it supports DXF and DWG input and output.


#9. Archicad GRAPHISOFT


Pricing: Free for personal use, or $240 per month.

OS: Windows, macOS and Linux.


As a building information modeling (BIM) solution designed for architects, designers, interior designers and urban planners, Archicad is available both in cloud-based and on-premise deployment options. Due to its name, many people believe it is a CAD program for architectural design. The truth is it deserves attention as one of the best free drafting programs.

The sober and uncluttered interface makes it easy to use. Meanwhile, you can manage several data in the same program. We believe it is the best free CAD software for small and medium-sized companies and studios.


#10. Solid Edge


Pricing: Free for Solid Edge Community Edition, or $75 per month.

OS: Windows.


Solid Edge is an engineering CAD software that helps design, simulate and assemble products in both 2D and 3D. The great thing of Solid Edge is that it allows teams to coordinate various aspects of the project development process by connecting digital 3D models.

With a simple and clean user interface, this free CAD program is great at importing and exporting other CAD files. Additionally, Solid Edge features cloud-based capabilities, which allows easy access across different devices.


Wrap Up


In this article, we’ve summarized 10 different free CAD software that suitable for certain types of tasks. If you’re looking for a reliable free 2D or 3D computer-aided design to help your project, please choose any of these options:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD: 2D & 3D printing;
  • FreeCAD: Converting real-life products;
  • TinkerCAD: Best for beginners;
  • SketchUp: 3D drawing and documentation;
  • OpenSCAD: 3D modeling & 3D printing;
  • Fusion 360: Overall 3d modeling;
  • 3D Builder: 3D modeling & 3D printing;
  • QCAD: 2D drafting;
  • Archicad GRAPHISOFT: 2D & 3D modeling and rendering;
  • Solid Edge: Intuitive mechanical & electrical design.


Choose the best solution among these free CAD software. You may also contact us for more information about free drafting programs or 3D architectural visualization service.

Working with an Architectural Visualization Studio: Solutions to 5 Confusions

Working with an Architectural Visualization Studio: Solutions to 5 Confusions

Visualization, with plenty of benefits, is becoming more and more popular in architecture-related industries. To carry out architectural projects successfully, it tends to be helpful to gain efficient collaboration with an ArchViz studio. However, not everyone can have smooth and pleasant collaboration experience. Some architects may get tired from giving feedback on disappointing drafts repeatedly. In turn, studios may lose their patience when modifying endless details. Actually, such situations usually generate from misunderstanding of their roles in the projects.

If you are looking for an ArchViz studio to work on visuals for your architectural project, do not worry at all. This article will reveal some major confusions you may have so as to help you avoid impairing the project quality. Without following confusions, you will proceed with ArchViz projects efficiently, and more importantly, build sustainable collaborative relationships with ArchViz studios.


1. Choice of an ArchViz studio

When you start to seek an ArchViz studio, the first thing you may focus on may be the studio’s portfolio. Indeed it will show you the visual style most directly, but it can never be the only element for your consideration. As all should know, the production of 3D renderings is not to add visualization effects by simply clicking a button. It often costs some time to deliver quality images through complicated operations.

In that case, a studio with your preferred visual style may not always be the most suitable one. Imagine you are dealing with a project on a tight schedule, but the studio likes sticking to its lengthy process. That will result in the postponement of your deadline. Although you can judge the quality and style of an ArchViz studio through its portfolio, it is really necessary to learn more factors such as working process and software they use, before making your choice. Otherwise, you may suffer from hard collaboration and fail to get images with your expected effects to a large extent.

2. Budget for a visualization project

After you find an ideal ArchViz studio, one thing you cannot avoid is the price. Some clients of ArchViz studios may try to cut down the cost of visualization. They may be confused if it is worth spending large sums of money on producing wonderful visuals. It is understandable sometimes, but in fact, it is just short-term consideration and reduction of potential values.

As a client of an ArchViz studio, what you will get from the project is not only the nice renderings themselves. Besides the visuals of high quality, you will benefit from the rich additional values they bring for your long-term development. Not only are those visuals the representation of specific projects, but they are also powerful evidence of your expertise. They will enrich your portfolio and draw attention of your potential clients. In the long run, they will converse into more collaborative chances and multiplied profits greater than former expenses.



3. Brief for visualization projects

If you are new in working with an architectural visualization studio, it is normal to feel confused when briefing. Maybe you are wondering how detailed a project brief should you offer. Despite that, as long as you keep two core points in mind, you will start successfully.

On one hand, it is vital for you to clarify the intent and overall concepts of your project. This seems easy to do, but is often ignored by some architects and designers. They often attach little importance to reaching consensuses on the general idea with the CGI team. As a result, the ArchViz studio has to interpret the project as per a vague idea in the brief, which may cause extra hindrances that affect the output quality and your cooperation.

On the other hand, it would be better if you could define the expected boundaries for target viewers. You have the right to decide whether the project aims to fit the architectural concepts or pursues fascinating visual effects. Moreover, 3D artists can exactly dig out and present potential points that further convey your ideas based on your expectation.


4. Keys to communication

To smooth the process, efficient communication plays an essential role all the time. Possibly some architects and designers may find difficulties in their communication with the 3D studios. Here comes several tips for dealing with this core part.

Firstly, sticking to detail changes excessively can unnecessarily raise the final quality. As mentioned before, architects should focus mainly on the general concepts and boundaries of the project. When there are some subjective changes needed for tiny elements, it would be better to link with the clarity of intent. Otherwise, too many of them will only cost extra time and block the progress.

Secondly, great time management is beneficial to the completion. Specifically, the time you send a clear brief and relevant documents decides the pressure of time limit from the beginning. During the production, your prompt and accurate feedback can leave adequate time for ArchViz studios to proceed.

Thirdly, heuristics is never a good method for making decisions. Comments of 3D visual drafts should be supported by empirical evidence or end client’s expectations. Those stemming from unproven biases may only drive ArchViz artists to flog a dead horse. Whereas ArchViz studios can be professional enough to make reasonable modifications, the favor from their collaborative client is always appreciated.

Last but not least, simple words are adequate to communicate clearly. In visualization projects, stopping using too many sophisticated technical terms is the most direct way to avoid confusions owing to misuse. Honestly, layman vocabulary has already allowed you to explain your needs clearly although ArchViz artists know architectural terms well.


5. Development of a long-term partnership

It is found that plenty of architecture companies are trying to have their preferred ArchViz studios work for them only. Since they are afraid of the increase of studios’ charge resulting from business expansion with other companies. When the price reaches a level they fail to afford, they have to look for another suitable one. But the truth is the price doesn’t depend on how large the business of an ArchViz studios is. Given all that, architecture companies may need some approaches to maintain a stable relationship with an ArchViz studio.

In fact, the most important reason of maintaining a long-term partnership with an ArchViz studio is that your business portfolio will develop consistency. As we all know, every CGI team has their own visual style which other teams find difficult to copy. When you acquire 3D visuals from one team constantly, it in turn help create a consistent architectural professional portfolio.


Generally speaking, the success of visualization projects depends on efficient communications and collaboration with the studio fitting in different respects. Because of the realistic and potential values, those projects deserve your investment. Furthermore, collaboration will never be confined to specific projects. As long as there are mutual interests, consensuses and collaborative possibilities, clients are always welcome to build up sustainable cooperative relationships with suitable ArchViz studios.

So if you have some upcoming visualization projects, why not try win-win cooperation with AIMIR, a professional architectural visualization studio who has been delivering high-end visuals to the world for 17 years?

China’s National Day 2022 Holiday Notice

China’s National Day 2022 Holiday Notice

October 1st is China’s National Day and our studio is having a 7-day holiday from 1st to 7th October. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any consultation on ArchViz projects. We will get back to you in 24 hours.

As a 17-year architectural visualization studio, AIMIR continues to deliver high-end ArchViz works to the world. Many thanks for choosing us, and we look forward to create the future with you.

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