Architecture Guides to Add to Your Reading List

Posted by Lauren Burke Meyer on 4/24/15 11:07 AM  |  2 min read time

Want to take your designs to the next level? Then we've got some reading material for you.

Expert trainer and author Jonathan Pickup has updated his two guidebooks: Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual, Seventh Edition and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks, Seventh Edition, providing both new and experienced Vectorworks Architect 2015 software users with professional training tools at their fingertips.

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Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual explains how to incorporate Vectorworks 2015’s tools into a design-based BIM workflow and how new ways of drawing can increase efficiency, all while taking readers through the basics of the software interface. Readers learn how drawing with objects, rather than lines and arcs, and creating projects using BIM principles can improve their workflows.

"What BIM means is that when you draw something in Vectorworks software, it’s more than just a plan representation," said Pickup. "Many parts of a Vectorworks drawing are much more than they seem. A door, for example, has a model part to which you can attach information about the door, add door hardware, or even indicate the supplier and cost of the door. This information can be generated as a report whenever you want it.”

The 3D Modeling in Vectorworks text is laid out in three parts to guide readers through the process of crafting a 3D project step-by-step:

Part 1: Educates readers on using the software's tools to create individual 3D models

Part 2: Reveals how to use these models to create a freeform architectural project

Part 3: Shows the workflow in action, allowing readers to learn to split up projects

The book also contains exercises that feature the new Deform tool, teaching readers the twisting, tapering, building, and bending modes.

"Jonathan Pickup’s no nonsense books, with their easy-to-follow graphics and video tutorials, make his manuals the default standard for training on all the Vectorworks packages,” says Architectural Technologist Stephen J. Scaysbrook, MCIAT ACIOB, of Konstrukshon Ltd. “I love the way that Jonathan teaches both Vectorworks software and drawing techniques."

The Vectorworks Architect Tutorial Manual and 3D Modeling in Vectorworks are part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase these manuals for $75 each, visit

The texts will also be available for purchase when Pickup signs copies of all his books on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET in the Paris Foyer at the Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel. All registered attendees of the Vectorworks Design Summit are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Topics: Academic, Vectorworks Design Summit, BIM (Architecture), News

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