SoftPlan Educational

2016_education_brochure_image SoftPlan, the architectural design software of choice for thousands of professionals, is also a powerful teaching tool. We’re proud to offer an educational package that is simple to use, powerful, and cost effective.

From Middle School to College and Beyond | Free Curriculum

SoftPlan’s powerful design tools are being taught in classrooms across the United States and Canada. SoftPlan makes it easy for teachers to implement SoftPlan in the classroom by offering a free curriculum, complete with:

course syllabus
unit plans
lesson plans
detailed lesson outlines
rubrics for grading

The practical and straightforward approach of SoftPlan Educational software gives students increased comprehension and confidence in their design capabilities. Schools that use SoftPlan have found great success at regional and national architectural drafting competitions like SkillsUSA and Skills Canada.

SoftPlan Educational Users

Kirkwood Community College | 2024 NAHB Student Competition Winners

2020 NAHB Student Competition Winners

SoftPlan school wins 2019 NAHB Student Design Competition

Left to Right: Matthew Dunson, Robert Reilly, Angelo Perez - Shadow Ridge High School, Surprise AZ

SoftPlan Sweeps 2018 NAHB Student Chapters Awards


1st Place Winners of Shadow Ridge High School (AZ)

SoftPlan would like to congratulate Katy, Megan, and Sean of Shadow Ridge High School in Arizona. Designing with SoftPlan, their team won the 2018 NAHB secondary school competition at the International Builders' Show in Orlando. We are honored to have been able to play a part in their impressive win!

SoftPlan Sweeps 2017 NAHB Student Chapters Awards


York County - 1st Place

1st Place - York County School of Technology (PA)

2nd place shelby county

2nd Place - Shelby County High School (KY)

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3rd Place - Shadow Ridge High School - Team 1 (AZ)

The annual was one of the highlights of the 2017 International Builders' Show, and this year, SoftPlan students stole the show.
Each team that placed in the competition were users of the SoftPlan program. The York County School of Technology (PA) won the 1st Place prize, Shelby County High School (KY) came in 2nd, and Team 1 of Shadow Ridge High School (AZ) took 3rd. Shadow Ridge also received the Rookie of the Year award. These students spent countless hours perfecting their drawings, and we are so proud of their well-deserved accomplishments.

NAHB Student Chapters Awards: Students Using SoftPlan 1st & 2nd

12717154_1082266658482580_2990341455974862001_n Congratulations to Williamsport Area High School and York County School of Technology for winning 1st and 2nd place among secondary school programs in the Residential Construction Management Competition at this year’s NAHB Student Chapters Awards. The competition was held in conjunction with this year's International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, and we were pleased to meet some of these students on the exhibit hall floor. Both of these schools use SoftPlan, and we are very proud of their achievements.

SkillsUSA: Student Using SoftPlan Wins Again

AD%20SkillsUSA%20KC%20Winners SoftPlan is proud to announce that Michael Kuntz was this year's Gold Medalist in the National SkillsUSA competition for Architectural Drafting in Kansas City, MO. Michael is a student of Shadow Ridge High School’s Signature Architecture Program in Surprise, AZ. Michael's instructor is architecture teacher and author Scott Thomas, M.Ed., MCCTE, CD. Students consistently medal in a variety of architectural design competitions using SoftPlan, and we're pleased to see yet another Gold Medalist win with SoftPlan at the largest and most prominent contest in the United States. We congratulate Mr. Kuntz and Mr. Thomas.


Students will be able to create professional construction documents including:

  • floor plans using fully assembled objects such as walls and windows
  • electrical plans
  • custom roofs
  • cross sections, elevations
  • wall, floor, and roof framing diagrams
  • decks
  • site plans based on engineering data
  • fully finished renderings with lighting and reflection
  • materials lists along with pricing and waste calculations


Without the need to learn complicated software, students can start learning about architectural design on the first day of class. And since students are building with smart objects like fully assembled walls, they can see how the building components come together to make a structure. Students will be able to create detailed, professional construction documents that are sure to impress parents, teachers, and even competition judges.

Make Learning Fun

Using SoftPlan helps increase enrollment in architectural design classes. Students are engaged in class, making teaching and learning more fun. Students like being able to see their designs automatically come to life through the 3D model. They can see architectural details in 3D, and finish the rendering with lighting, personalized textures like brick and hardwood, and add furniture from SoftPlan’s extensive symbol libraries.

SoftPlan takes pride in making education affordable. If you would like to find out more about the SoftPlan Educational program and economical pricing that will allow you to offer the leading architectural design software to your students, please call 1-800-248-0164.

SoftPlan Educational Pricing

$1000 annually per classroom

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"As the author of Architecture: Residential Drafting and Design, 11th Edition (a Goodheart-Willcox Publisher publication), I personally and professionally solely endorse the use of Softplan Pro and EDU versions for all professional and educational architectural design drafting working drawings. All drawings I produced for my book were drafted with Softplan Pro and so were a number of other drawings provided by contributors."

Wm. Scott Thomas, M.Ed., MCCTE, CD
Author, Goodheart-Willcox Publisher, Inc of Tinley Park, IL