This paper points out about the challenges of the transition from CADD to CAAD, specially focusing the BIM – Building Information Modeling technology, putting the question: is this technology the best way to improve the routine in traditional design studios? Describing the current crisis which is happening in the realm of architecture in Brazil because the deep changes in methodology paradigms that BIM causes, the paper alks about its consequence in the schools of architecture, concluding for the urgency on updating their curricula and structures, considering the statement of Ranulph Glanville (2008), about “models of” and “models for”. Supported by this statement the paper concludes that even in digital era, a clay model of an object may be a better tool in the very beginning ofconceptual stage than a profoundly detailed model that BIM technology made possible.

This paper points out about the challenges of the transition from CADD to CAAD, specially focusing the BIM – Building Information Modeling technology, putting the question: is this technology the best way to improve the routine in traditional design studios? Describing the current crisis which is happening in the realm of architecture in Brazil because the deep changes in methodology paradigms that BIM causes, the paper talks about its consequence in the schools of architecture, concluding for the urgency on updating their curricula and structures, considering the statement of Ranulph Glanville (2008), about “models of” and “models for”. Supported by this statement the paper concludes that even in digital era, a clay model of an object may be a better tool in the very beginning of conceptual stage than a profoundly detailed model that BIM technology made possible.