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

Posted by Pete Hicks on 12/3/15 3:59 PM
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. Read More

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

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

Posted by Pete Hicks on 10/5/15 10:35 AM
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. Read More

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

Important Design Considerations with Accessibility in Mind

Posted by Elizabeth Bauman on 6/5/15 11:45 AM
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: Read More

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

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
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: Read More

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

Video: Be Inspired by Architecture Is Fun

Posted by Julie McClure on 3/23/15 11:06 AM
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. Read More

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

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
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. Read More

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

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

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
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.” Read More

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

Nemetschek Vectorworks Participates in a Friendly BIM Shoot-out

Posted by Pete Hicks on 11/7/14 11:59 AM
BIM! BAM! BOOM! When put together, these three words harken back to days of action-packed, cartoony excitement. But for the Nemetschek Vectorworks team that participated in the Orlando chapter of The American Institute of Architects’ second annual BIM BAM BOOM event, the words generated a spirit of cooperative competition that resulted in a fun day for all in sunny Florida. Read More

Topics: 3D Modeling, AIA, AIA Orlando, BIM, BIM BAM BOOM, Cloud, Le Corbusier, Nemetschek Vectorworks, Ronchamp, third party partner, Vectorworks Architect

Curious Minds Want to Know: What Sustainable Design Tools are in Vectorworks Architect?

Posted by Guest Author on 11/4/14 12:01 PM
By François Lévy, AIA, Architect, Principal at Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture Read More

Topics: 3D model, AIA, Architecture, BIM, Framer tool, François Lévy, gbXML, Greenbuild 2014, Heliodon tool, IFC, Impervious Cover Analysis, Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture, openBIM, Passive Heating/Thermal Mass Assessment, Rainwater Harvesting Calculator, Renderworks, Sustainable, Thermal Chimney Calculator, Vectorworks, vectorworks 2015, Vectorworks Architect

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