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.
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
Nathan Kipnis started his career as an architect when energy-conscious design was viewed as nothing more than a passing fad. However, he knew that the future needed people who understood that “green” features didn’t have to come at the expense of beautiful architecture. In this new Success Story video, Kipnis explains how he's made it his firm's mission to combine technical efficiency with a modern aesthetic, pioneering a movement toward stylish sustainability.
Topics: Architecture, Firm Profile, green architecture, KAP, Nathan Kipnis, Sturgeon Bay, Success Story, Success Story Video, Vectorworks Architect, Case Study, Community, green design, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Notable User
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.
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
Though he comes from a long line of artists and craftsmen, Forest Dickey was initially uncertain that he could turn his passion for woodworking into a career. But, being a self-declared stubborn individual, he eventually convinced himself to just “go do it, and see if it works.” Dickey’s determination paid off when he founded Varian Designs, a custom, artisanal furniture company, where he fuses elements of his Californian surroundings with visions inspired by his Scandinavian heritage to create heirloom-quality pieces.
Topics: Architecture, Firm Profile, Forest Dickey, furniture, Parks and Recreation, Renderworks, Success Story, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Case Study, Community, Lofn Chair, Notable User, Varian Designs
Topics: CameraMatch, Chris Roberts, Firm Profile, Pacific Coast Land Design, PCLD, rendering, Renderworks, Success Story, 3D Modeling, Case Study, Landmark, Landscape, Mike Zielsdorf, Notable User, Old Town Newhall, Project Highlight, third party partner, Vectorworks Landmark
Neil Marshall, director at The Design Büro, says that sometimes the most challenging part about switching to Building Information Modeling (BIM) isn’t the technology, but the mentality of the architects themselves. “People have a trusted way of getting their work done, and people naturally want to do it in a way that they understand,” he says. “You have to take a step back and show people that there is another route to delivering that information, which might take longer in the first instance, but once you get used to it you’ve got a model that is a single source of truth.”
Topics: Firm Profile, Success Story, The Design Buro, UK Government Construction Strategy, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, BIM, Case Study, Neil Marshall, Project Highlight, Ysbyty Glan Clywd Hospital
To preserve its iconic skyline, Paris’ 13th arrondissement once limited the construction of housing blocks to 37 meters. But a new law raised the height limit to 50 meters, enabling architecture firms like HAMONIC + MASSON & Associés to transform the face of the City of Lights forever.
Topics: Architecture, Firm Profile, HAMONIC + MASSON & Associés, Success Story, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, Case Study, Jean-Christophe Masson, Project Highlight, ZAC Masséna Paris Rive Gauche high-rise
Neil Marshall's role as a director and Chartered Architectural Technologist at The Design Büro in the UK covers everything from securing future work to delivering multimillion-pound schemes within the healthcare sector. One of his biggest roles over the past few years, however, has been overseeing the integration of BIM into the daily activities of the practice. Marshall believes that adopting BIM workflows at the start of the design phase inspires building users to engage with the design process and aids in the delivery of a better built environment.
For award-winning architecture and design team Peter and Sharon Exley, fun elevates the everyday. In fact, as founders of the Chicago-based firm Architecture Is Fun, this husband and wife have crafted their professional ambitions toward making meaningful, interactive places and spaces for families. One of their first clients was the internationally renowned Chicago Children’s Museum; other children’s museums, exhibits, and adult cultural spaces soon followed.
Topics: Architecture, Chicago Children's Museum, Firm Profile, Florida International University, Sharon Exley, St. Chrysostom's Day School, Success Story, Vectorworks, Vectorworks Architect, Young At Art, 3D Modeling, 3D printing, Architecture Is Fun, BIM, Case Study, Chicago, Frost Art Museum, MakerBot, MakerBot Replicator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Peter Exley, Project Highlight