Video: Randolph Gerner, AIA, of Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC on the Essence of Structure

Posted by Hannah Force on 1/7/16 1:31 PM   |  1 min read time

From Istanabul to Manhattan, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, Architects, DPC (GKV) has transformed skylines all over the world. As one of New York City’s most highly regarded full-service architecture and interior design firms, GKV's philosophy cultivates a spirit of shared ideas and free-flowing collaboration to achieve the best design possible on any scale.

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, DPC, Firm Profile, GKV, Randy Gerner, Success Story, Vectorworks Architect, Architects, Case Study, cast-in-place concrete, Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel, inspiration, Project Highlight, video

Kick Off 2016 With Continuing Education Credits

Posted by Pete Hicks on 1/5/16 11:02 AM   |  2 min read time

2016 has arrived, and it’s time to hit the ground running. To help you get started, we’ve collected some AIA-accredited continuing education opportunities from the past year so that you can pick up a few credits, as well as spark your imagination as you begin another year of creative design.

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Topics: AIA, AIA LU, Architecture, Art In Architecture, Bearth & Deplazes Architekten AG, Education, LEVENBETTS, Peter J. Arsenault, Platane Architecture, Resolution: 4 Architecture, resources, Rubina Siddiqui, Steve Alden, sustainability, A Placemaking Approach to Design, Architectural Record, BIM, Community, continuing education, Diego Bermudez, ETH Zürich, HSW, inspiration, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, McGregor Coxall, Modular Design

Earn HSW Credits by Exploring Sustainability, Modular Design, and BIM

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/3/15 3:59 PM   |  1 min read time

Are HSW credits on your holiday wish list? Well you’re in luck, because we’re giving out gifts a little early this year. Check out our recent Continuing Education article with Architectural Record, “Sustainability, Modular Design, and BIM,” and take the associated quiz to earn credit by exploring how said design trends are merging to produce incredible results.

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, Education, Peter J. Arsenault, resources, sustainability, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Architectural Record, BIM, Case Study, Community, continuing education, HSW, Modular Design

Don’t Lose Sleep Over BIM, Attend a 2015 BIM Camp

Posted by Pete Hicks on 10/5/15 10:35 AM   |  2 min read time

If the thought of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is keeping you up at night, you don’t have to worry. You’ve already taken the first step toward implementing a BIM workflow by using design software. The second step is attending BIM Camp, a seminar we're offering in cities across the United States over the next few months.

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Topics: AIA, AIA LU, Building Information Modeling as a Design Process, Education, resources, Sketch to BIM, Steve Alden, Vectorworks Architect, Vectorworks Designer, 3D Modeling, BIM, BIM Camp, Community, continuing education, HSW, Vectorworks Design Scholarship

Important Design Considerations with Accessibility in Mind

Posted by Elizabeth Bauman on 6/5/15 11:45 AM   |  4 min read time

Each year at the AIA National Convention, a select number of architects who are making outstanding contributions to the industry through design excellence, furthering the field of architectural education, or advancing the profession are elevated as Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. It’s a tremendous honor that has been bestowed on a select few AIA members, including Janis Kent, architect, CASp. We recently sat down with Kent to learn more about what makes her stand out in her field and pick up a few tips on accessibility planning. Here's what we learned:

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, FAIA, Janis Kent, Stepping Thru Accessibility, accessibility, BIM, Community, Notable User

Get Your Sneak Peek at Future Vectorworks Technology and More at AIA Convention 2015

Posted by Pete Hicks on 5/14/15 11:58 AM   |  2 min read time

If you’ve heard about the exciting features coming in Vectorworks 2016, you can see them for yourself at booth #3181 at the AIA Convention 2015, where Vectorworks Architect experts are on hand to answer all your questions about the current version of the software, as well as preview three tools we know you’ll love once 2016 hits the market this fall:

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Topics: AIA, AIA Convention 2015, Architecture, Education, Project Sharing, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, BIM, Cloud, Energos, Marionette, trade shows, vectorworks 2015, Vectorworks 2016, Vectorworks Cloud Services, Vectorworks Remote App

Video: Be Inspired by Architecture Is Fun

Posted by Julie McClure on 3/23/15 11:06 AM   |  1 min read time

More people should be so lucky as to spend a day with the Exleys, the spirited husband and wife team behind Architecture Is Fun. We recently met up with Peter, FAIA, and Sharon who run their architecture and design firm in Chicago, creating spaces for children of all ages that are distinguished by beauty, art, and form. What we quickly learned is that the Exleys make the design process “fun” because they’re great listeners and creative problem-solvers. You can't help but feel inspired by these playmakers.

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, Education, Firm Profile, Sharon Exley, Success Story, visionary, 3D Modeling, Architecture Is Fun, BIM, Case Study, Community, Customer Appreciation Party, inspiration, Peter Exley, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Project Highlight, Vectorworks Design Summit

Stay Creative in your Firm by Registering for the ‘Business of Creativity’ Episode on March 18

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 3/12/15 11:46 AM   |  2 min read time

How do you keep your creative edge? That is one of the many questions that will be addressed during our second installment of the Business of Creativity video series, airing Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Prior to the premier of the video, entitled “Staying Creative In Your Firm,” registered participants will receive an email detailing how they can view the discussion.

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Topics: AIA, Architecture, Dylan Chappell Architects, Education, resources, Steve Alden, The Business of Creativity, Ali Honarkar, Community, #DiscussDesign, Division1 Architects, Dylan Chappell, Michael Timcheck, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Staying Creative In Your Firm, The M Group Architects and Interior Architects

Earn 1 HSW LU by Learning About Placemaking Approaches to Design

Posted by Pete Hicks on 1/13/15 10:04 AM   |  1 min read time

While a New Year’s resolution to go to the gym regularly might be tricky to keep, we’re making it easy to commit to earning your required Continuing Education credits. In fact, we recently partnered with Architectural Record to produce “A Placemaking Approach to Design.” Available online and in the December 2014 print version of the magazine, this article delves into the mindsets of today’s forward-thinking designers who have made it their mission to plan sites that serve today’s needs and those of generations to come: a concept known as intelligent urbanism.

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Topics: AIA, Education, LEVENBETTS, resources, A Placemaking Approach to Design, Architectural Record, continuing education, Diego Bermudez, HSW LU, Landscape, McGregor Coxall

Earn 1 AIA LU and Decide if Konstantin Melnikov was a Constructivist, a Rationalist, or Both

Posted by Pete Hicks on 11/14/14 11:54 AM   |  2 min read time

The year is 1917; Russia has just pulled out of World War I, the last of the Tsars have been deposed, and Konstantin Melnikov walks out of architecture school, degree in hand, ready to make his mark on the world. The rapidly changing political, economic, and social landscape of the time was reflected in many forms of art, including architecture, whose practitioners rallied into two camps: the constructivists, who believed that buildings should exist solely to serve a function, and the rationalists, who argued for the place of idealism in the design process. Melnikov seems to defy this binary at every turn, creating projects that could fit into both categories and wouldn’t look out of place among the works of today’s “modern” architects. His visionary designs are dissected and analyzed in the first installment of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ Art In Architecture webinar series, “Melnikov: Early Sparks of Russian Iconic Architecture.”

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Topics: AIA, AIA LU, Architecture, Art In Architecture, Education, Konstantin Melnikov, Melnikov – Early Sparks of Russian Iconic Architec, Steve Alden, #ArtInArch, Iconic Architecture, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Small Iconic Architecture

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