Free stuff makes people happy, and we love to make people happy, especially when it involves bringing everyone together to celebrate great design. So, we decided to give away a few trips to our 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit. We ran the promotion in early March on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we’re excited to announce the three lucky designers who won free registration, airfare, and hotel stay to attend our April 25-27 conference in Chicago. Now, we know you may be jealous, but you should still take the time to get to know our winners.
Our Instagram Winner: Jonas Witte of Berlin, Germany
Witte graduated with a bachelor of arts from Erfurt University of Applied Sciences in 2013. He is currently studying for his master of arts, also from Erfurt University, and plans to graduate this August. Witte interned for Freier Architekt Rainer Uwe Schultheiss, an architectural firm based out of Erfurt that specializes in residential, academic, and industrial facilities.
After finishing his studies, Witte hopes to continue building his industry experience at a small firm, where he can focus on developing his architectural and Vectorworks skills. In addition, he one day aspires to even start his own firm.
“This will be my first time going to America and my first flight ever,” Witte said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to improve upon my design skills and develop new contacts in the architecture industry at the Design Summit.”
Our Twitter Winner: Mitchell Elliott of Alberta, Canada
A Vectorworks user since the early MiniCad years, Elliott has been a practicing architect, specializing in residential projects in Calgary for more than 30 years. Much of his work is in the established, inner city neighborhoods where it’s crucial to balance the wishes of the client with the requirements of the city planning department, as well as the expectations of the local community. While he does collaborate with several local firms, much of his work is as a sole practitioner using Vectorworks software to prepare both his design and contract drawings.
An active participant on our Community Board, Elliott is excited to put a face to the name of so many users he’s met over the years and to discover what new tricks he’ll pick up at the Design Summit. After all, his giveaway entry did say as much:
“Over the years I’ve helped a lot of newbies get started with Vectorworks software. As I’ve worked with them, I’ve learned a lot from experiencing their unique approaches to the design process firsthand,” Elliott said. “The Design Summit provides me with another great opportunity to better my work by exploring other designers’ workflows and how they make the most of Vectorworks’ tools.”
Our Facebook Winner: Amanda Warren of Nacogdoches, Texas
With a bachelor in fine arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Warren is a recent graduate with a focus on lighting and sound design who looks forward to contributing to the entertainment industry. Throughout her experiences, she has embraced both design and technical opportunities to work on a variety of productions, while also branching out to other areas in order to further enhance her skills.
She studied in London at Rose Bruford College, while abroad she was also an assistant designer at Stratford Circus and received her Green Hippo V3 Media certification. Warren will work this upcoming summer as an electrician at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine.
“Surprisingly enough, I’m most excited about networking with designers outside the entertainment design industry at the Design Summit to take advantage of their in-depth understanding of Vectorworks software,” Warren said. “I plan to learn as much as possible while there to further enhance my skills so that I can continue to capitalize on design opportunities down the line.”
Congratulations again to all our winners. We look forward to meeting you in person at the Vectorworks Design Summit in Chicago!