Top 10 Things That Made Vectorworks Great in 2015

Posted by Hannah Force on 12/30/15 10:00 AM  |  4 min read time

It’s been a monumental year for the design industry, beginning with female architects like Denise Scott Brown receiving the American Institute of Architects' top award, the Gold Medal, along with her husband and partner Robert Venturi. We also witnessed a global commitment toward building a more sustainable world with the European Commission's 2020 Energy Strategy. Then we saw the fulfillment of the "Back to the Future" movie franchise’s prediction that hoverboards would be real.

It’s been an epic year for Vectorworks, too! Presented in no specific order, here are 10 things that make us smile as we reflect on a wonderful 2015.

  1. We’ve always put BIM at the heart of the design process, and this year we took that commitment one step further by partnering with BIMobject.

Stefan Larsson (left), CEO and founder of BIMobject, shakes hands with Robert Anderson, vice president of integrated practice at Vectorworks, after signing the cooperation agreement between their two companies at the 2015 Hackathon in Budapest.

9. Your source for all things design hit a high note with these top three highest-read Planet Vectorworks stories:

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Screen Shot 2015-12-24 at 11.12.24 AM8. The entertainment design dream team became a reality when we acquired ESP Vision’s product line. Our Facebook followers really liked it a lot.

ESP FB Post7. Home to over five and a half million people, as well as the corporate offices of many international organizations, Atlanta, Georgia became the home of our second office in the United States.

Atlanta Office Breaking in the new Atlanta office on its opening day

6. The latest release of our software scored plenty of amazing product reviews, like these three:

  • Church Production Magazine: "Historically the improvements to the Vectorworks software has always moved the program forward allowing designers to create more intricate and accurate designs, communicate those designs better, and do it faster and easier. It looks as though Vectorworks 2016 is no exception and will be adding a complement of new tools and features that will push the future of design forward."
  • Architosh: “To summarize it all, Vectorworks Architect 2016 adds two entire new powerful tool areas: energy analysis with its new Energos feature set, plus the new Marionette feature set for visual scripting for algorithmic mathematical-oriented advanced geometry modeling—a first as a true Mac and Windows based solution."
  • ARCHITECT Magazine: "As coding becomes more an integral part of design[,] … Vectorworks is introducing a built-in scripting tool of its own. Marionette uses a Python-based programming environment that lets designers automate everything from culling BIM data to generating parametric shapes that satisfy specified criteria, such as constructability."

5. We recognized some stellar students with our second-annual Vectorworks Design Scholarship! With a 46 percent increase in submissions, we had one terrific grand-prize winner, Benno Schmitz, and some stiff competition.

2015-Scholarship-Collage4. While we’re still a part of the Nemetschek Group, we rebranded and changed our company's name to Vectorworks, Inc.

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 10.11.08 AM3. We debuted our first annual #VectorworksDesignSummit! Next year’s event is heading to Chicago and will be one for the books.

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2. We revealed #Vectorworks2016. With incredible upgrades and new features, our newest version has been heralded as the biggest release in the history of our software.



1. We rang in our 30th birthday! We can’t begin to thank our loyal, innovative users and global distribution partners enough for their continued support. We’re diving head first into our 31st year as a company eager to continue discovering new ways to help designers transform the world.


Topics: Project Highlight, Vectorworks Design Scholarship, Vectorworks Design Summit, Product Launch, BIM (Architecture), Partner Products, News

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