During one of the biggest architectural trade shows in Essen, Germany (DEUBAU), editor Tim Westphal of Detail magazine sat down with Nemetschek North America's CEO Sean Flaherty for an in-depth interview.
When asked about what lies ahead for Vectorworks, Sean replied, "I think the next big thing will be what I talked about the beginning: horizontal integration. We really want to stick with a design-based product, and for me the future lies in establishing and maintaining our lead as the provider of the best 3D solution on the market. A lot of architects use our products to design constructions never built before. Architects such as Daniel Libeskind, who is a long-time customer of ours, Peter Zumthor, who's just won the Pritzker Prize. These types of architects, i.e. design-focused architects, are really interesting to us. They have a need for extreme flexibility, because a wall or roof on some of these buildings is essentially an abstract term, for example when folded. We offer a whole range of different features and allow architects to choose whether to use them or not. And this is going to continue, even as we build."
Sean also discusses the pluralism of the Nemetschek Group, interoperability of the IFC format, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and much more in this information-packed interview.