Blender is having a great time during this period, Project Orange is boosting development and some mid-high level artists are getting interested in using this amazing piece of software; so it seems that after years Blender is getting the right amount of popularity/visibility it'll need to make a big step towards the professional audience.
Time has come to start showing off how good is Blender at completing different tasks; if my memory supports me, Blender was just quoted on a few (at least one, I'm sure) magazines, recently I was assigned the task of writing a complete overview/tutorial for a famous e-zine (dunno if I can tell You anything about it right now, so keep the secret :-P), but reading the short entry on Architectural Record was quite a surprise.
Here you'll find Blender listed at the second place right after Revit 8 by Autodesk (shame on me for writing down the name of the evil one :-D) in the "Tech Products" section. Maybe Architectural Record's webmaster played around with the PROCAD 1.0 script by Japy which turns Blender in a usable 2D/3D CAD system (although I prefer the QCAD > dxf2svg > Inkscape > Blender workflow), I see no other reason to rank blender so high on an architecture-centric site leaving out 3D Studio Max/Viz and SketchUp (mea culpa, mea maxima culpa :-P) from the list than its price, or... well... maybe that guy is the greatest fan of Blender :-)
Federico "Lox" Lucignano