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Overview

Transform the world with Vectorworks, the software company that connects you with visionaries who share your passion for design. The Vectorworks Design Summit combines dynamic keynote presentations, engaging thought-leadership breakouts, and valuable networking to solve your next design challenge.

Why Attend?

  • Thought Leadership & Best Practices: Be inspired by engaging speakers who share how they create unmatched experiences with Vectorworks software.
  • Networking: Connect with other professionals in your industry during the educational sessions, meals, and evening activities.
  • Product Training: Meet one-on-one with product experts to get your specific questions answered.
  • Product Development: Get a sneak peek into the future of the Vectorworks line of software products.

Schedule

Don’t miss our exciting line up. Check back often for new speaker announcements and session schedules.

Monday, April 25

8:30am — 8:00pm

Registration

10:00am — 1:00pm

Optional Training

Session 1 10:00am — 1:00pm
Eric Gilbey Landmark’s Power Duo: Plants and Site Models Wes Gardner & Rubina Siddiqui Setting up a File for a BIM Workflow Sarah Barrett Using Marionette to Augment Your Workflow Frank Brault & Edward Joseph Using Spotlight and ESP Vision in Production
1:00pm — 2:00pm

Lunch (training attendees only)

2:00pm — 5:30pm

Optional Training

Session 2 2:00pm — 3:30pm
Frank Brault & Jonathan Pickup 3D Modeling Training Donald Ward Efficient DWG-Based Workflows Wes Gardner & Rubina Siddiqui Introduction to Project Sharing: the Multi-User Environment in Vectorworks Luis Ruiz & Jim Wilson Rendering for Success
Session 3 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Donald Ward Efficient DWG-Based Workflows François Lévy Introduction to Energos Wes Gardner & Rubina Siddiqui Introduction to Project Sharing: the Multi-User Environment in Vectorworks Luis Ruiz & Jim Wilson Rendering for Success
7:00pm — 10:00pm

Customer Welcome Dinner

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Select Your Training Class

Take your software skills to the next level! Whether you're a novice or experienced user, our classes deliver new, great ways to work. Enrolled attendees can select training sessions here.

Eat + Play at SPiN

7:00-10:00 p.m.

Have a drink, nosh on some great food, and get ready to embark on an underground ping-pong adventure at Chicago's newest venue.

Tuesday, April 26

7:30am — 5:00pm

Registration

7:30am — 9:00am

Breakfast

9:00am — 9:15am

Welcome

9:15am — 10:15am

CEO Keynote

11:15am — 12:15pm

Breakout 1

12:15pm — 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm — 2:30pm

Breakout 2

2:45pm — 3:45pm

Breakout 3

4:00pm — 5:00pm

Breakout 4

5:00pm — 7:00pm

Expo Hall Happy Hour & Marionette Science Fair

7:00pm — 11:00pm

Customer Appreciation Dinner

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Customer Appreciation Dinner

Art Institute of Chicago
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Come celebrate design with us! Stroll through Millennium Park or along Michigan Avenue to the Art Institute of Chicago, where you'll enjoy live music, delicious food, and an open bar amid some of the museum's most inspirational works of art.

Wednesday, April 27

7:30am — 9:00am

Breakfast

9:30am — 10:45am

Design Keynote

11:15am — 12:15pm

Breakout 5

12:15pm — 1:30pm

Lunch

1:30pm — 2:30pm

Breakout 6

2:45pm — 3:45pm

Breakout 7

4:00pm — 5:30pm

Architectural Tours

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Explorers Wanted

Top off your conference experience with one of five curated tours of Chicago’s greatest landmarks and skylines, included free with your registration. Expert docents will share the stories and characters behind iconic skyscrapers, elegant hotels, expansive downtown parks, and more. If you already have your ticket to the Summit, you can select your tour now.

Keynotes

About Dr. Biplab Sarkar

Biplab has been with Vectorworks, Inc. since 2000, serving as manager of geometry and rendering, and then CTO from 2008 to 2016 before being appointed to CEO this April. Biplab provides strategic leadership to the company by establishing and meeting sales, growth, and market share objectives. He continuously seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure Vectorworks software remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries. He previously served in research and development roles with Parametric Technology Corporation, Intergraph, and ICEM Systems. Biplab earned a Ph.D. in CAD and a M.S. in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University. He also holds a B.Tech. in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

CEO Keynote: Leading the Future of Vectorworks Software

Vectorworks is enjoying great success. The 2016 software release prompted the biggest growth of new users in company history, and we’ve doubled our staff over the past three years. Amid these changes, one thing has remained constant: our dedication to enabling great design. Looking ahead, learn how Vectorworks is helping designers to close the circle of BIM collaboration and connect with global partners to support all project phases. Also hear how our ESP Vision asset acquisition and PRG partnership are enhancing visualization synergies, as well as how attendees continue to benefit from the convergence of spatial design disciplines. From there, delve into how new developments in the world of technology will shape future software development and impact how you respond to design challenges. This presentation shares some of our current development efforts, including new ideas we’re working on for Vectorworks 2017 and beyond. It's an exciting time, and we hope the conversations started here inspire you to keep your creative edge and transform the world like never before.

About Eva Franch i Gilabert

Eva is a New York-based architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. In 2004, she founded her solo practice Office of Architectural Affairs (OOAA) and since 2010, is the chief curator and executive director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 Franch, with the project OfficeUS, was selected by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States Pavilion at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale. Franch has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture. Recent publications include Agenda (2014) and Atlas (2015), published by Lars Muller as part of OfficeUS.

Design Keynote: Alternatives

Eva's keynote will focus on the importance of experimental ideas and practices in design, as well as the possibilities and insights garnered through an appreciation for taking risks. She will share the chances she has capitalized upon to experiment, take risks and raise doubt, as well as go beyond disciplinary labels and boundaries.

Robert D. Anderson, RLA, ASLA

Principal ROBERT ANDERSON | landscape architect

With over 25 years of site development, urban design, and landscape architecture experience, Robert has been engaged in master planning a small city in China to a waterfront development in our nation's capitol at National Harbor, and The Wharf at the Southwest waterfront. Recently, Robert's work has been focused on project management and delivery, with an emphasis on technology and production. He has used various CAD and design platforms on different operating systems. His diverse and varied background has been instrumental in providing technical support, project delivery, office standards, and transition to Vectorworks Landmark. Robert has also provided Vectorworks Landmark instruction to beginners and intermediate users.

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Collaborative BIM Workflows with Vectorworks Landmark (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Eric Berg

With the added pressures of tight budgets, quick delivery of projects, and the increasing pressure to collaborate with BIM, landscape architects need to work smarter not harder. This session will explore the challenges associated with transitioning from traditional CAD platforms to a BIM workflow with Vectorworks Landmark and the interdisciplinary, collaborative benefits of this change.

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize the deciding factors that encouraged the presenting firms to move away from general CAD workflows to site information modeling.
  2. Explain the transition, including timelines, pain points, helpful resources, and efficiencies gained when compared to previous methods.
  3. Assess site information modeling features used daily, from conceptual drawings and models to construction documents and presentations.
  4. Explain how to interact and collaborate with other disciplines with 3D models, BIM (IFC) files, and GIS data.

Darin Baker

Project Manager Freeman Audio Visual

As a part of the Event Services Group, Darin performs overall event management and supports the sales proposal process. He has been with Freeman for 14 years and has over 25 years of experience in the audiovisual industry. He has worked in various roles, developing a strong knowledge of audio, projection, lighting, rigging, and set design. Darin has been a Vectorworks user since 1997 when its precursor, MiniCAD 7, was released. He has been highly involved in training his coworkers, as well as setting Vectorworks and Renderworks standards within Freeman.

freemanco.com

Setting Up Workgroup Folders to Distribute Via the Cloud (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH

Learn to set up workgroup folders for company standards and distribute them using a cloud-based medium to keep your users current with company standards and libraries no matter where they're located, in the office or remote. By setting a workgroup folder in a Dropbox or Box.com, sync app folder files will automatically update to users as they are updated.

Learning Objectives
  1. Demonstrate how to set up a workgroup folder structure and place files.
  2. Determine which types of files and settings can be utilized.
  3. Clarify how to set up users with a Dropbox or Box.com account and sync app.
  4. Assess best practices regarding monitoring service packs to ensure continued, full feature functionality.

Neil Barman

Intern Architect AIBC, Workflow, Productivity, and Tech Support Specialist Paxar Technologies and Barman+Smart Design

Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Neil currently works on contracts for a number of firms. He and his wife, Carrie Smart, both trained at the University of Waterloo and designed and built their own LEED Platinum Certified home in 2012. Together, they work on projects as Barman+Smart. Neil also provides Vectorworks training for individuals and firms wanting to increase their productivity, efficiency, and enjoyment with the application. While at the University of Waterloo, Neil received the Microsoft Award for Data Visualization for his work on a visioning and planning project addressing Toronto’s Port Lands. When Neil is not working in architecture, you'll find him behind the lens of a camera, on his motorcycle, pulling a mean espresso, or building LEGO creations with his two fantastic kids.

barmansmart.ca / paxar.ca

An Evolution From 2D to 3D and BIM (Novice)
1 AIA LU

As an intern architect, Neil Barman was required to use design software strictly as a CAD tool to replace pencil and paper, without any openness to working smarter. However, Neil took it upon himself to upskill while designing and building his own LEED Platinum Certified house. Learn how you, too, can incorporate more 3D and BIM elements in your workflow, and begin to limit your reliance on 2D drafting.

Learning Objectives
  1. Recognize that going from 2D drafting to 3D BIM modeling is possible through small steps and doesn't require a full workflow overhaul.
  2. Explain some key tools in 2D that will make the move to 3D easier.
  3. Describe the analogies of layers and classes to 2D work and their vital role to using design software properly.
  4. Assemble the resources available to aid in learning to use design software.

Sarah Barrett

Architectural BIM Specialist Vectorworks, Inc.

Since joining Vectorworks in February of 2015, Sarah quickly used her academic and professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling to become the company’s go-to expert on Marionette: the integrated graphical scripting tool in Vectorworks 2016. Sarah combines her experience with multiple graphical scripting programs with 12 years of experience with Vectorworks design software to help create best practices for Marionette users and help others learn the ins and outs of the new tool. While you might recognize Sarah as the host of the Marionette Monday webinar series, she also has experience as an architect and graphic designer. Sarah has a master's of architecture from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in architectural studies from Brown University.

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Using Marionette to Augment Your Workflow (Training)

The possibilities with Marionette are endless, and for a non-programmer, it can be daunting. Participants will learn a few basic principles that are the foundation of Marionette and scripting in general, as well as different ways to use Marionette in their current workflows. Items covered: the differences among integers, real numbers/floating numbers, and dimensions; the importance of lists and indices; how to use the data flow nodes; creating plug-in objects; and querying documents.

Parametric Thinking: Vectorworks Marionette (Advanced)
1 AIA LU Presented with Mark Flamer

Graphical scripting with Marionette requires a different way of thinking about design. The creativity comes in how to use logic and a known variable to generate a complex system. The flexibility of graphical scripting within the Marionette framework allows users to reap the benefits of the many years of effort that have gone into the Python scripting ecosystem. This session will help users realize the potential of Python libraries within Marionette and Vectorworks. This is an advanced Marionette session for users with some scripting experience.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the basics of graphical scripting with Marionette.
  2. Create new Marionette nodes using Python.
  3. Demonstrate how to utilize and import libraries into Marionette.
  4. Formulate the possibilities that Marionette and Python offer to the design process and how to integrate Marionette into traditional design workflows.

Eric Berg, RLA, ASLA

Senior Associate Pacific Coast Land Design

Since graduating with a master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Washington, Eric worked and volunteered in several facets of the profession, mainly in his home state of Montana. He served as a research assistant for the Sustainable Sites Initiative, spent five years with a design/build landscape contractor in Bozeman, Montana, and also taught at Montana State University as an adjunct professor of landscape design. In 2013, Eric moved to California and joined Pacific Coast Land Design. Now, as a senior associate with the firm, Eric employs his passion for designing beautiful, site-responsive, sustainable spaces while sharing his expertise outside of the office by teaching sustainable planning and site design through UC Santa Barbara Extension and participating in local outreach and community planning events.

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Collaborative BIM Workflows with Vectorworks Landmark (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Robert D. Anderson

With the added pressures of tight budgets, quick delivery of projects, and the increasing pressure to collaborate with BIM, landscape architects need to work smarter not harder. This session will explore the challenges associated with transitioning from traditional CAD platforms to a BIM workflow with Vectorworks Landmark and the interdisciplinary, collaborative benefits of this change.

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize the deciding factors that encouraged the presenting firms to move away from general CAD workflows to site information modeling.
  2. Explain the transition, including timelines, pain points, helpful resources, and efficiencies gained when compared to previous methods.
  3. Assess site information modeling features used daily, from conceptual drawings and models to construction documents and presentations.
  4. Explain how to interact and collaborate with other disciplines with 3D models, BIM (IFC) files, and GIS data.

Frank Brault

Product Marketing Manager – Entertainment Vectorworks, Inc.

Frank serves as an industry product specialist at Vectorworks, where he focuses on developing resources for marketing Vectorworks Spotlight software. Frank has personally trained more than 2,000 Vectorworks users through seminars, onsite training, and one-on-one webinars, and he has more than 30 years of experience in theater and lighting design, software development, and training. He also created the Theatrical Lighting Toolkit, which was the precursor to Vectorworks Spotlight, and he designed and coded the first version of the Vectorworks Landmark application. He is currently a faculty member of the Towson University Theatre Department, where he teaches an independent study studio course.

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Using Spotlight and ESP Vision in Production (Training)
Presented with Edward Joseph

In this session, we will explore the process of creating an ESP Vision-ready file in Vectorworks Spotlight software, including good information modeling practice, for the purpose of using Vision Pro and Spotlight to previsualize a show. The speakers will cover making a well-performing Spotlight file, preparing instruments for ESP Vision using advanced Spotlight tools and ESP Vision plugins, the ESP Vision user interface, and connectivity with HOG, MA, and ETC lighting consoles. Finally, participants will learn efficient configuration of the previsualization environment and light control using both their console of choice and ESP Vision’s software settings.

3D Modeling Training (Training)
Presented with Jonathan Pickup

Through a series of short projects to give context, the speakers will demonstrate a broad selection of the 3D tools available in Vectorworks software, including surface-based solids, NURBS curves and surfaces, 3D Power Pack menu commands, direct modeling, and the Surface Array command, as well as spend a few moments with the new subdivision functionality. In the process, they will explain tool use hierarchy, explore various workflows, and give an overview of the 3D modeling capabilities in Vectorworks software.

How to Pick the Right Tools to Model in 3D (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

This session will characterize the 3D methods available in Vectorworks in terms of their suitability for the range of tasks that designers encounter in their projects. The purpose of this analysis is to optimize the workflow for the efficiency of modeling the shape at hand. Additionally, because of Vectorworks’ comprehensive suite of 3D functionality, the tools can be used to maximize the flexibility of the resulting shape so that further development of the shape is possible. 3D import and export methods will be reviewed in terms of collaboration requirements.

Learning Objectives
  1. Observe efficient 3D workflows based on the intended result's shape.
  2. Assess the levels of flexibility that are afforded with various 3D methods.
  3. Summarize 3D output formats and their benefits.
  4. Explain 3D import formats and their benefits.

Simonetta Cenci

Partner 5+1AA Alfonso Femia Gianluca Peluffo

Simonetta began working at 5+1AA Architectures after graduating from the University of Genoa in 1995. She became an associate architect and general coordinator of the Genoa, Milan, and Paris offices in 2006. Since 2007, she has been responsible for the firm’s quality control according to ISO 9000 standards. As an architect, her main role is to coordinate national and international competitions, as well as manage the office's publications, lectures, conferences, and exhibitions. Founded in 1995, 5+1AA Architectures deals with design in its different thematic and functional iteration across Italy and France.

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Architectural Competitions: From Sketches to BIM (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

For many architects, competitions are a way to express creativity and to win work. Simonetta Cenci will describe how one award-winning firm translates conceptual sketches to 3D BIM models. This session will cover how to set up a project for a competition where sketches, diagrams, images, schedules, and architectural drawings have to coexist with a specific and accurate graphic representation.

Learning Objectives
  1. Formulate graphical schemes and diagrams for a better "concepts of the project" comprehension.
  2. Prepare a BIM model and achieve coordination with other disciplines.
  3. Explain how to create sheets.
  4. Describe the graphic presentation set-up process.

Jacob Dale

BIM Expert and Creative Director Tangably

For more than 15 years, Jacob has managed projects in architecture, construction, real estate development, and entertainment design. He earned a master’s of architecture from the University of Texas, a bachelor of fine arts from Texas State University, and the rank of Eagle Scout. Jacob’s portfolio of work includes projects for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, CNN, Time Warner, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, The Brooklyn Tabernacle, Lawline Studios, The San Antonio Zoo, various property development companies, and concert tours including Bob Dylan, R.E.M., and The Wallflowers. Tangably helps creative studios, large and small, maximize their use of Vectorworks software to create better performance and profit through skills workshops in eight U.S. cities, on-site training, consulting, and learning retreats.

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Programmed Places with Vectorworks (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

The function and value of a space can depend heavily upon how well the program is planned. There are powerful tools in design software to assist designers in the programming process. Knowing how to use these tools allows designers and planners to quickly generate a multitude of potential programs, which can then be translated to information-rich parametric worksheets and schedules.

Learning Objectives
  1. Create and add information to a Space object.
  2. Illustrate what basic information can be programmed into a Space Object.
  3. Generate alternate programs using the Adjacency Matrix Tool to assign adjacency priorities.
  4. Output a schedule of spaces using worksheets.
Quick Organic Prototyping with the Subdivision Tool (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Get ready to create a concept in 3D with the Subdivision tool. This new tool opens up a new world of potential organic shapes to designers. Quickly sketch a seemingly complicated flowing form and then prepare it for output to additive or subtractive fabrication processes.

Learning Objectives
  1. Create an organic shape using the Subdivision tool.
  2. Investigate the effects and uses of all sub-modes and controls.
  3. Distinguish between the types of objects that can be modeled and know how to generate them from a Subdivide object.
  4. Prepare a basic file for physical prototyping.

Markus Dohner

Lead Designer & Owner Markus Dohner Exhibition Design

After seven years designing exhibitions for the Art Institute of Chicago, Markus opened his own exhibit design business serving museums and libraries. He works closely with curatorial clients to develop exhibit ideas into exciting, buildable plans. He focuses on both the 3D and 2D creative aspects of exhibition design and production. Recent projects include the National Public Housing Museum pop-up exhibit with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, as well as a Native American installation for Wyoming's Brinton Museum. Markus holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA in art and design from Purdue University, and a BFA from the University of North Texas. He taught exhibit design and planning at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, Mt. Carroll, IL.

markusdohner.com

Museum Exhibit Design Process Using Vectorworks (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Learn about all the different methods the speaker has used to develop, design, and produce special and permanent exhibits, as well as to show curators and other stakeholders new designs for big and small museums. For example, attendees will understand how using maquettes of the artwork can lead to effective exhibit design and approvals.

Learning Objectives
  1. Create scaled maquettes using Vectorworks and Photoshop together.
  2. Design gallery models from Vectorworks drawings.
  3. Cooperate directly and successfully with stakeholders in a design session.
  4. Identify how to use design software in a charrette for curators and museum education.

Kyle Fiddelke, ASLA

Principal The Office of James Burnett

With 20 years of professional experience, Kyle is responsible for managing various commercial, community, healthcare, and institutional projects, both internationally and domestic. As lead principal in the San Diego office, his responsibilities include day-to-day office and project management, project design, coordination and development of construction drawings, and construction administration. Some of these projects currently include the Metropolis Residential Towers in downtown Los Angeles, McKinney & Olive Mixed-Use Tower in Dallas, TX, and Riverpoint Office Tower in Chicago, IL. A registered landscape architect in the state of California, Kyle has a bachelor of landscape architecture from Iowa State University and also attended the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

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Integrating Technology While Designing for the Public (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH

Explore the firm's successes in designing some of the most successful civic landscapes, including the award-winning Park at Lakeshore East. Learn about the development history, initial design concepts, and detailed decisions that shaped this Chicago jewel, also known as the “front yard to the thousands of people who live and work in and near Lakeshore East."

Learning Objectives
  1. Examine The Office of James Burnett's approach to publicly used spaces and how technology has supported its unique, creative approach.
  2. Recognize how the firm transitioned from the initial design process through early design concepts and sketches to construction documentation.
  3. Describe the design decisions that went into the park’s ornamental and water gardens, children’s play park, and dog park spaces.
  4. Explore this noted civic landscape site, particularly from the development scale to the detailed design decisions.

Erik Fjermestad

Architect MNAL GASA Architects, Oslo, Norway

Erik is a young Norwegian architect with a strong environmental focus. He finished his master’s degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2007, focusing on complex architectural design, visual communication, public space, and architectural scenography. For the past eight years, he has worked at one of Norway's leading firms on sustainable architecture, focusing on small-scale housing, office buildings, kindergartens, and public schools. Recently, Erik completed training in energy-efficient house design at NTNU and completed the construction of a medical center at Furuset. He is now involved in a new public school at Vestli and a new kindergarten at Råholt.

www.gasa.no

The Norwegian Approach: Why the "R" is Important (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Ida Ruth Mathisen

Share this office’s experiences of working with Vectorworks as a design tool through 30 years of sustainable housing and educational projects. The speakers will share how they used to work, how they do it now, and what they see for the future.

Learning Objectives
  1. Evaluate how the office works with ever-increasing regulations and interprets sustainability to design better buildings.
  2. Describe how architectural projects and design are done in Norway and Scandinavia.
  3. Examine how a good design tool can help a project from idea to building.
  4. Explain why the office thinks that the architect is one of the few left who has a holistic approach to a project.

Sean Flaherty

Chairman of the Board Vectorworks, Inc.

An innovator and proponent of CAD software for 30 years, Sean is an industry veteran who has played an instrumental part in creating design software that works the way designers think. In fact, he was one of the first engineers of MiniCAD, a 3D modeling tool and Vectorworks predecessor for which Sean was hired to add 2D drafting capabilities. He took on increasingly more management-focused roles and was vice president of engineering and chief technology officer before being named chief executive officer in 2005. In this role, he provides strategic leadership for Vectorworks, Inc.'s growth and mark share objectives. Sean also brings his knowledge of international markets and his deep experience in the software industry to the Executive Board of the Nemetschek Group in Germany. In this role, he defines and executes strategies for the global architecture, engineering, construction, and management markets.

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Mark Flamer, P.E.

Software Engineer Vectorworks, Inc.

Mark brings a wide range AEC industry experience to Vectorworks' architectural products team, where he is responsible for exciting features like the curtain wall edit tool, surface array, and Marionette. He started as a carpenter on residential and light commercial construction projects. Excited to see buildings rise from the ground, he progressed to running projects as a superintendent and was licensed as a general building contractor. While working for a land development firm, he gravitated toward design's technical side and project execution. He then tackled both the EIT and PE exams, passing both on the first try without formal education. Now as a registered civil engineer, he focuses on structures. He previously served SCIA's U.S. team, helping firms use cutting-edge, finite element analysis methods in the design of complex structures.

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Parametric Thinking: Vectorworks Marionette (Advanced)
1 AIA LU Presented with Sarah Barrett

Graphical scripting with Marionette requires a different way of thinking about design. The creativity comes in how to use logic and a known variable to generate a complex system. The flexibility of graphical scripting within the Marionette framework allows users to reap the benefits of the many years of effort that have gone into the Python scripting ecosystem. This session will help users realize the potential of Python libraries within Marionette and Vectorworks. This is an advanced Marionette session for users with some scripting experience.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the basics of graphical scripting with Marionette.
  2. Create new Marionette nodes using Python.
  3. Demonstrate how to utilize and import libraries into Marionette.
  4. Formulate the possibilities that Marionette and Python offer to the design process and how to integrate Marionette into traditional design workflows.

Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA

Senior Product Specialist – Architecture Industry Vectorworks, Inc.

Wes utilizes his BIM expertise, architectural intelligence, and professional experience to advise and support the Vectorworks product development, sales, and marketing teams. He works with top architecture firms to understand their needs and goals, and demonstrates how Vectorworks software can help them to deliver projects while utilizing BIM workflows. He also works to encourage BIM's adoption among the Vectorworks user community. Wes earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked with commercial and residential firms prior to joining Vectorworks in 2007, including three years with Charles E. Anthony Architects. Wes’ team earned AIA design awards for numerous projects including the Phillip’s residence home/monastery renovation in Annapolis, MD and the Temple Beth Shalom sanctuary addition in Arnold, MD.

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Setting up a File for a BIM Workflow (Training)
Presented with Rubina Siddiqui

This session will cover the basics of file setup to create a comprehensive BIM model, the ability to extract drawings from the model, and attaching IFC data for a BIM model exchange. Items covered include: story, level, and layer setup; wall styles; slab styles and slab modification; drawing production; and attaching IFC data.

Introduction to Project Sharing: the Multi-User Environment in Vectorworks (Training)
Presented with Rubina Siddiqui

This session will cover the basic setup of a project file and how to work within a working file. The speakers will delve deeper into understanding Project Sharing permission levels, how layer setup can change or vary for Project Sharing, how to communicate among your project team, when to create a new working file, and how to archive a project file. There will be room for Q&A.

Understanding File Organization and Setup for a BIM Environment (Novice)
1 AIA LU Presented with Rubina Siddiqui

Understanding how to set up and organize a file for a BIM environment is the key to a successful BIM model. This session will cover the basics of file setup to create a comprehensive BIM model, the ability to extract drawings from the model, and attaching IFC data for a BIM model exchange.

Learning Objectives
  1. Use Vectorworks software's organizational structure for a BIM workflow.
  2. Describe how a BIM model can be used to create the necessary drawings for construction documents.
  3. Explain IFC and how IFC data can be attached to elements for BIM model exchange.
  4. Recognize the benefits of a BIM model for coordination and drawing production.

Eric Gilbey, PLA, ASLA, Prof Member APLD

Product Marketing Manager – Landscape Vectorworks, Inc.

Eric uses his professional experience and CAD skills to assist in the development, marketing, and sales of Vectorworks Landmark. His unique experience as a practicing landscape architect and user of various CAD programs allows him to write and speak for several green industry associations, helping landscape architects and designers develop best practices including sustainable site design and site information modeling. He is currently serving as the trustee for ASLA’s Maryland Chapter, chair of ASLA’s PPC Firm Technology Subcommittee, and director of governance for APLD. He is also a member of NALP’s Supplier Advisory Council. Eric received an AAS degree in landscape contracting and construction, as well as a BS degree in landscape architecture from The Ohio State University.

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Landmark’s Power Duo: Plants and Site Models (Training)

This working session will address the two most popular (queried) features in Vectorworks Landmark software, plants and site modeling. Going beyond simply placing plant symbols and drafting contoured topography, participants will understand how plant objects and landscape areas can be customized with data, 2D graphics, and 3D representations, as well as discover how site models are created, modified, and analyzed. Items covered include: plant objects, plant databases, plant image props, VB Visual plants, landscape areas, site models, 3D locus points, 3D polygons, and site modifiers.

Bryan D. Goff

Director of Design + Sciences, President Grey Leaf Design, Inc.

Bryan is responsible for setting and controlling the design direction of the firm’s projects. Bryan's role is interactive, ensuring that the functional, practical, and aesthetic elements of each design are achieved. His interest in the environment and his passion for design are enhanced by a commitment to excellence in design and innovation through science and research. He possesses over 20 years of experience with a vast portfolio of projects ranging from small residential gardens and luxury private residences to 40,000-square-foot green roofs and master site planning. His belief in a collaborative design process is evident in his work. This belief has brought design awards and recognition as an innovative problem solver when it comes to site design and creating inspiring landscapes.

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Site Analysis for Stormwater Management Using Smart Tools and Worksheets (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH

Site analysis for stormwater management is integral to today's design process. Using smart objects and design software's robust worksheet reporting, attendees will learn how to determine the stormwater output for the entire site or site zones, allowing the designer to select and specify appropriate best management practices (BMPs) and grading.

Learning Objectives
  1. Utilize smart objects to define and set specific site data for stormwater calculations.
  2. Recognize how to use worksheets to determine stormwater runoff of a full site and site zones.
  3. Select proper site BMPs and apply this methodology to site digital terrain modeling.
  4. Demonstrate how to calculate zones and full site BMPs while showing necessary data through worksheets for visual output.

Brian Hores, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Designer and BIM Coordinator , Flansburgh Architects Adjunct Professor , Wentworth Institute of Technology Leader , Boston Society of Architects Vectorworks User Group

Brian applies Vectorworks’ BIM capabilities to projects such as residential renovations, single- and multi-family residences, as well as retail, commercial, institutional, and educational facilities. He finds that 3D modeling and rendering expedite collaboration between clients and design teams as projects evolve from concept to construction. Brian believes that clients should visualize each progressive step. He utilizes the IFC file format in collaboration with engineers and contractors to produce well-coordinated documents and models, and to resolve potential conflicts prior to construction. Brian also trains and consults with firms on how to best implement Vectorworks. As an adjunct professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, he has taught Vectorworks Modeling & Rendering, SketchUp with Podium and Artlantis, Mechanical Systems, and Technical Drawing. Brian also chairs the Boston Society of Architects Vectorworks User Group.

flansburgh.com

Vectorworks Architect + IFC = BIM (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU Presented with Joe Marshall

Successful architectural projects require collaboration between the architect, owner, consultants, and contractor throughout the design process and beyond. BIM aids in the communication and coordination from concept through completion. The open-source IFC file format streamlines the sharing of building information. This session will demonstrate how to use the Vectorworks architectural model with other BIM, rendering, model checking, and design review software.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discover how file referencing and project sharing can facilitate collaboration between a multi-person design team.
  2. Define how to utilize IFC file exchange among architects, engineers, and contractors to share building information models that can be imported into their favored software.
  3. Examine how multiple disciplines’ models can be federated into BIM checking programs for coordination, quantification, and clash detection.
  4. Explore how project design review and construction administration can utilize 2D and 3D PDFs for markups and real-time collaboration.

Kieran Illes, LC, I.E.S.N.A.

President KCIDESIGN

Kieran is an LA-based lighting designer, television gaffer, and theatrical lighting programmer. Kieran’s work ranges from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to network TV shows like FOX’s “Anger Management,” Hulu’s “Casual,” and HBO’s “WestWorld.” Kieran has used Vectorworks for 20 years for all of his architectural and stage lighting work. He is also experienced in the drawing interchange among the grandMA2 lighting console, Lightwright, and Vectorworks. In the graphic world of television production, Kieran uses Vectorworks to facilitate conveying design concepts and to manage material resources and locations.

rehearsallight.com

Modeling a Practical Film Set for Optimum Realistic Lighting From 2D Plans (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

Define steps to build a virtual model for the purpose of lighting and rendering. Vectorworks lighting objects will then be used with the model in association with Renderworks to communicate lighting functions such as Focus, Modeling, Information, and Mood to other members of the design team. Finally, attendees will learn practical applications of these concepts to determine fixture location and selection.

Learning Objectives
  1. Illustrate the steps to model a real 1960’s glass and wood modern house built on a sound stage using construction drawings and building shell dimensions with 17’ ceilings.
  2. Identify optimum fixture locations based on fixture access and resultant beam angle and intensity.
  3. Explore ideal angle, intensity, direction, and spread to show sunbeams in the interior and exterior, then calculate the necessary level of ambience using Spotlight tools.
  4. Visualize the set at different times of the day based on the path of the sun from the house's actual location using Renderworks' camera views.

Dieter Jandausch

Director OXPA

Dieter is the head of a U.K.-based private research institute specializing in international energy consultancy. He has more than 15 years of practical experience in the fields of zero-carbon buildings and designing to meet Passivhaus standards. His work covers academic research, design and construction, post occupation evaluation, and building testing. Due to his experience with building physics and global energy standards, Dieter became the lead consultant for the design and development of the Energos feature in Vectorworks 2016 software. As a registered architect in Germany and the U.K., Dieter’s passion for building physics and energy calculations make his Passivhaus designer courses and energy consultancy CPD’s a valuable resource.

www.oxpa.de

Design our Future with Energos (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Andreas Thierer

Do you want to learn how to design an energy-efficient building without being an expert? This session dives into Vectorworks software's Energos module, a tool that yields building energy use analysis results and translates the chaos of worldwide energy calculations into plain English. Explore some initial projects and understand why Energos is a valuable design aid for all architects.

Learning Objectives
  1. Define the building model, energy data, and energy calculations.
  2. Determine Energos' benefits, including the ability to make critical performance decisions.
  3. Optimize energy-efficiency as a building's design develops.
  4. Use advanced data to perform more complex energy analyses.

Dan Jansenson

Principal Daniel Jansenson Architect

Dan has designed projects all over California, including new houses and remodels throughout west Los Angeles ranging in budget and style from modest, traditional bungalows to glass-and-steel estates. His projects are characterized by a balance of expansive, light-filled rooms and small intimate spaces, as well as close connections between a home's interiors and outside gardens. Dan's commercial work ranges from dining facilities at UCLA to the extensive remodel and historic refurbishment of the MGM film studio in Culver City. Born in Argentina and raised in Israel and the United States, Dan has traveled widely and enjoys close relationships with architects worldwide. Dan has a master’s in architecture degree from the University of Colorado Graduate School of Architecture and Environmental Design and is a licensed, registered architect in California.

danjansenson.com

The Digital Edge for Your Practice (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with François Lévy

How does software give you an edge in efficiency? Learn some tool tips, workflow shortcuts, and task tricks to help you get the most out of your design software. While these two architects have practiced for years in small firms, those working in medium and large firms will also benefit from this productivity presentation from design through construction documents.

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize how the systematic use of 2D/3D CAD and BIM benefit design professionals to enhance design outcomes.
  2. Identify best practices for maximizing efficiency and productivity from design through construction documentation.
  3. Integrate modern, computer-based technologies with traditional, manual methods for efficient, convincing presentation and production workflows.
  4. List specific cases where workflow optimization has improved the design process, often dramatically.

Edward Joseph

Technical Support Specialist-Vision Vectorworks, Inc.

Edward uses his software and technical expertise in lighting pre-visualization and design to assist in the sales, marketing, quality assurance, and technical support of Vision software. You may know Edward from his presentations at the LDI trade show and at the Stagecraft Institute, where he provided training for the Vision product line. Edward joined the Vectorworks team in October of 2015 as part of the ESP Vision asset acquisition, and he uses his expertise to help cultivate happy and successful users in his role as lead of Vision support and quality assurance. Edward will continue to promote Vision and its interoperability with Vectorworks Spotlight at tradeshows, conferences, and seminars.

vectorworks.net

Using Spotlight and ESP Vision in Production (Training)
Presented with Frank Brault

In this session, we will explore the process of creating an ESP Vision-ready file in Vectorworks Spotlight software, including good information modeling practice, for the purpose of using Vision Pro and Spotlight to previsualize a show. The speakers will cover making a well-performing Spotlight file, preparing instruments for ESP Vision using advanced Spotlight tools and ESP Vision plugins, the ESP Vision user interface, and connectivity with HOG, MA, and ETC lighting consoles. Finally, participants will learn efficient configuration of the previsualization environment and light control using both their console of choice and ESP Vision’s software settings.

Anjali Joshi, RLA, ASLA

Principal Anjali Joshi Design LLC

Anjali has a graduate degree in landscape architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and an undergraduate degree in architecture from the Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai, India. After working as an architect in India, Anjali began working for landscape architecture and multidisciplinary industrial design firms, taking a Frank Lloyd Wright design approach to her practice. Four years ago, Anjali launched her own design firm in Rhode Island. She is a licensed landscape architect in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and serves on her local ASLA chapter as an executive committee member. She loves working with native plants and advocates their use in all projects, creating sustainable landscapes that will mature and last for many years to come.

anjalijoshidesign.com

Blurring the Line Between Inside and Outside (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH Presented with Luis Ruiz

Bringing the outdoors in can offer rewarding experiences not just for the client but for the designer, as well. Designing spaces that allow us to observe and celebrate a seasonal change from a typical indoor scheme can be magical, making every day special. Using software's 3D modeling tools helps clients to visualize such spaces before they commit to build them. These tools also help designers to combine their training in architecture and landscape architecture to create unique spaces for each and every client.

Learning Objectives
  1. Create spaces by combining the building and landscape tools of Vectorworks Architect and Landmark effectively.
  2. Determine how to move each element of the design forward, from the 3D model to the construction document phase.
  3. Use Vectorworks for quantity take offs, accurate shop drawings, and quick detail modifications during construction.
  4. Produce permitting and other regulatory drawings quickly.

Nathan Kipnis, FAIA

Principal Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Nathan’s firm is recognized as one of Chicago's premier green and sustainable architectural practices, and he currently serves on both the Chicago and the National AIA's 2030 Commitment Working Group, whose goal it is to help architects design net zero buildings by 2030. Nathan lectures frequently on topics related to sustainable design, climatically based architectural design, and renewable energy. His opinions and projects have been extensively sought for publication both locally and nationally. He is featured in the upcoming movie “Green Giants,” along with will. i. am. and Dean Kamen. Through his pro bono work with Citizens' Greener Evanston, Nathan was instrumental in developing the concept of an offshore wind park in Evanston, Illinois.

kipnisarch.com

Energy Modeling for the 2030 Commitment (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

The AIA's 2030 Commitment program is the future of architectural practice, and the future is now. This session will provide an overview of the AIA's 2030 Commitment, whose goal is to design net zero buildings by 2030, including why a firm should join, how to calculate a project's predicted Energy Use Intensity (pEUI) number, and how to use and take advantage of all the AIA's new, online 2030 DDX website, which is the 2030 Commitment's data collection and analysis portal.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe the goals of the AIA's 2030 Commitment.
  2. Restate the four required elements of the 2030 Commitment.
  3. Discuss the iterative energy modeling design process that should be done early in the project.
  4. Demonstrate tools that can be used to help in identify a project’s predicted energy use intensity.

Michael Klaers

Designer The Small Group

After earning a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and before starting graduate school, Michael took a year off and worked at a theater. It seemed like a relaxing interlude while getting paid for what was really just a hobby. That year between continues to this day. The Small Group takes advantage of Michael’s keen sense of career direction and business acumen. He designs lighting for theater, dance, concerts, conventions, and other difficult to describe, crazy events. Not one to take a hobby lightly, Michael runs a Vectorworks User Group in Santa Barbara, CA, moderates the community board, and teaches occasional Vectorworks classes to architects and students. He also works for various architects, preparing 3D models, renderings, and construction documents with Vectorworks software.

verysmallgroup.com

Killer Worksheets for Faster Workflows (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Worksheets can be difficult to master, but there is no greater productivity boost than incorporating worksheets into your workflow. This session drives over the bump and demonstrates practical uses of worksheets to extract information from drawings and manage large numbers of parametric objects. You will find mistakes faster, stay within design bounds with more confidence, and have better organized drawings. The result is improved productivity and faster workflows.

Learning Objectives
  1. Extract data from drawings and models using worksheets.
  2. Demonstrate how worksheets help to manage data in drawings.
  3. Discover how worksheets help designers quickly manage parametric objects.
  4. Create custom record formats and databases to manage user data.

Ron Kwaske, AIA

Principal Kwaske Collaborative

Ron is a registered architect and artisan with a special interest in digital technology for architectural document production. Being hands-on with training in carpentry and concrete construction, he translates these skills as a method of problem solving in an effort to refine the way design intent is communicated. Ron designs with constructability in mind, understanding costs, methods, and the ways systems work, embracing the old adage of architect as master builder. With years of experience in BIM technologies, his practice relies extensively on digital modeling for both presentation and document production, and he is a strong advocate for cloud computing. Presently, he is exploring new methods of document production more suitable for the digital age.

kwaske.net

Real-World Example of BIM Interpolation Between Architect and Contractor (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

In a successful BIM process, the bulk of the work is executed in the beginning of a project with extreme efficiency realized toward the end. Architects need to be prepared to work with contractors, understand the contractor's methodologies for the building process, and possibly provide training. With this close collaboration, the separation of duties need not be blurred but rather reinforced through planning and developing BIM procedures for all to follow. Some of these procedures include identifying the level of detail that the building is modeled in and where the architect's data entry ceases and the contractor's begins.

Learning Objectives
  1. Apply BIM workflows to small projects (<$10 million).
  2. Identify how one architect's office uses Vectorworks software for BIM.
  3. Recognize the importance of information collaboration of a building model.
  4. Discuss the BIM process as more than a virtual building model and also as a planning method.

François Lévy, AIA

Partner Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture

François is a registered Texas architect, author, researcher, and former university lecturer. He holds a master’s of architecture and a master’s of science in architectural engineering from the University of Texas Austin, and he has taught architecture there, as well as at UT San Antonio. His architectural projects have attracted regional and national press, including Dwell Magazine and HGTV. François is the author of BIM in Small-Scale Sustainable Design and a contributor to the AIA's The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice. He has lectured widely on sustainability, BIM, and space architecture, on which he has presented at international conferences.

levykohlhaas.com

Introduction to Energos (Training)

Participants will gain familiarity with Vectorworks 2016’s new Energos feature. Beginning with a massing model vignette, learn how a building’s aspect ratio and orientation affects energy performance and how this tool can help optimize schematic design. Next, users will investigate a small residential project with Energos to understand how the software can help with more detailed design processes.

The Digital Edge for Your Practice (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Dan Jansenson

How does software give you an edge in efficiency? Learn some tool tips, workflow shortcuts, and task tricks to help you get the most out of your design software. While these two architects have practiced for years in small firms, those working in medium and large firms will also benefit from this productivity presentation from design through construction documents.

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize how the systematic use of 2D/3D CAD and BIM benefit design professionals to enhance design outcomes.
  2. Identify best practices for maximizing efficiency and productivity from design through construction documentation.
  3. Integrate modern, computer-based technologies with traditional, manual methods for efficient, convincing presentation and production workflows.
  4. List specific cases where workflow optimization has improved the design process, often dramatically.
BIM for the Design-Oriented Firm (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Design-oriented firms have unique BIM-adoption challenges. This session provides general strategies for successfully transitioning to BIM, with emphasis on the oft-neglected small architecture practice. Then, take a live look at three design-oriented architecture projects, checking under the hood to see how these Vectorworks project files are modeled and organized.

Learning Objectives
  1. Evaluate opportunities for new design processes with BIM.
  2. Develop a strategy for transitioning to a design-centered BIM workflow.
  3. Organize project files to leverage qualitative and quantitative design-decision processes.
  4. Apply lessons from case studies of successful projects using BIM for design.

Joseph H. Marshall, AIA

Designer, Technology and BIM Coordinator Flansburgh Architects

With more than a decade of experience in master planning and architectural design, Joe is dedicated to the design of memorable buildings with a focus on functional and environmental performance including physical and cultural context. His representative projects include public and private educational institutions, civic and performing arts facilities, and residential estates across six continents. A University of Notre Dame graduate, he is an advocate of applying a traditional design foundation with modern architectural tools to aid in communication, coordination, and review. He streamlines architectural drawing, rendering, and model checking with the use of three-dimensional building models. Joe is a designer, project manager, and technology coordinator for Flansburgh Architects, a internationally recognized leader in the planning and design of educational and cultural facilities.

flansburgh.com

Vectorworks Architect + IFC = BIM (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU Presented with Brian Hores

Successful architectural projects require collaboration between the architect, owner, consultants, and contractor throughout the design process and beyond. BIM aids in the communication and coordination from concept through completion. The open-source IFC file format streamlines the sharing of building information. This session will demonstrate how to use the Vectorworks architectural model with other BIM, rendering, model checking, and design review software.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discover how file referencing and project sharing can facilitate collaboration between a multi-person design team.
  2. Define how to utilize IFC file exchange among architects, engineers, and contractors to share building information models that can be imported into their favored software.
  3. Examine how multiple disciplines’ models can be federated into BIM checking programs for coordination, quantification, and clash detection.
  4. Explore how project design review and construction administration can utilize 2D and 3D PDFs for markups and real-time collaboration.

Neil Marshall, MCIAT MCIOB

Information Manager, BIM.Technologies

Neil is a qualified architectural technologist and construction manager with over 25 years of experience in the architecture industry. Neil is passionate about the use of emerging workflows and technology that improves collaboration and aids the delivery of better buildings. A former director of an established healthcare architectural practice, Neil now assists architects, contractors, and clients with BIM strategy, implementation, and delivery. Neil’s desire to share his knowledge and love of design technology is channeled into his participation in the Chartered Institute of Builders, where Neil is the local chair.

bimtechnologies.co.uk

BIM and Design (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH

This presentation will link the ethos of using Vectorworks design software as a seamless tool to deliver better buildings that includes the digital asset data for building maintenance. It will cover the efficiency of using Vectorworks Architect as a single source of truth. It will also delve deeper into manipulation of the data and how this can be leveraged through design and construction. Attendees will also appreciate how OpenBIM is integral to the delivery process.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the 2D link with 3D and how this benefits the building information model.
  2. List the process efficiencies afforded by 3D.
  3. Recognize how asset data supports the whole lifecycle.
  4. State how data can influence design.

Ida Ruth Mathisen, Architect MNAL

GASA Architects, Oslo, Norway

Ida is a young Norwegian architect with an international background. She studied at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology with an exchange year at The Royal Danish Academy School of Architecture in Copenhagen. Ida joined GASA in 2010 after working for Metropolitan Workshop in London and MVRDV in Rotterdam. Her experience ranges from education, housing, and offices to cultural and commercial projects. At GASA Architects, she has worked on a Forum Expo in Stavanger, elderly housing in Vestby, and Oslo Katedralskole, an educational extension project for which the King of Norway attended the opening as a former student. Currently, she is in charge of BIM for a 10,000-square-meter school project.

www.gasa.no

The Norwegian Approach: Why the "R" is Important (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Share this office’s experiences of working with Vectorworks as a design tool through 30 years of sustainable housing and educational projects. The speakers will share how they used to work, how they do it now, and what they see for the future.

Learning Objectives
  1. Evaluate how the office works with ever-increasing regulations and interprets sustainability to design better buildings.
  2. Describe how architectural projects and design are done in Norway and Scandinavia.
  3. Examine how a good design tool can help a project from idea to building.
  4. Explain why the office thinks that the architect is one of the few left who has a holistic approach to a project.

Todd McCurdy, FASLA

Vice President of Landscape Architecture and Planning Morris Architects

Todd is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has led the establishment, growth, and success of Morris’ landscape architecture, planning, and urban design studio. His 30+ years of experience with place-making, knowledge of tourism, and sustainable design practices have allowed him to advise developers and government entities worldwide in the planning, development, and redevelopment of new destinations and major urban centers. Whether working on an exclusive enclave in the dunes of Arabia, an eco-tourism masterplan in the Brazilian rainforest, an urban masterplan where tourism is a key factor, or a theme park environment, Todd brings his well-studied body of knowledge of people and places, and the quality of guests' experience, to bear on all types of projects.

morris-hz.com

SITE:Viz | Site Design Visualization Using Vectorworks (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU + 1 LA CES PDH

This session illustrates how to use the design software to model site elements quickly, simply, and in detail. The session will also show how light and shadow, along with different rendering styles, create dramatic and useful renderings that help to tell the story, providing clients with the essence of what it will be like to be there, right down to the imported site furniture that completes the look.

Learning Objectives
  1. Model simple landscape and architectural elements.
  2. Demonstrate how to use images for more complex elements.
  3. Use the Heliodon tool and additional lighting to provide realism.
  4. Combine elements and lighting to create dramatic renderings.

Daniel Monaghan

Managing Director SCIA, Inc., a Nemetschek Company

For over 15 years, Dan has helped firms to evaluate and successfully implement 3D AEC software. He started his career with Richard Diehl at Diehl Graphsoft, helping to launch the company from a sole proprietorship to a publicly traded company on the NASDAQ to its acquisition by Nemetschek AG. He is a proven marketing and business development manager and has worked for companies such as Graphsoft, Vectorworks, and Bentley Systems. He is a frequent industry speaker and currently manages the North American branch of SCIA, a world-leading developer of structural engineering software that supports the BIM process. In that role, he helps the world’s largest engineering, and architecture and engineering services firms to integrate their structural design workflows and improve communication between architects and structural engineers.

scia.net

Linking Architecture and Structural Engineering with Open BIM (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

Architecture is intimately related to structure. This relationship is therefore fundamental to the art of the building yet sets up conflicts among the technical, scientific, and artistic agendas that architects and engineers must resolve. This session explores the collaborative, Open BIM workflows that Allied Works Architecture and KPFF Consulting Engineers used to streamline the communication on the new National Music Centre in Calgary.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe how parties involved in a project can leverage the work of others.
  2. Recognize how Open BIM can streamline communication and make it easy to manage changes.
  3. Identify the benefits of Open BIM when it comes to model ownership and liabilities.
  4. Apply practical tips for effective model exchange.

Stephan Mönninghoff

Co-Owner extragroup GmbH

Stephan has been a Vectorworks user since 1992, when he was first introduced to MiniCad 4 during a degree course in landscape design at Sheffield University. He introduced CAD workflows with Vectorworks into several landscape design firms during his years as an active landscape designer. He has been a Vectorworks reseller in Germany since 1998 and his company, extragroup, is the developer of interiorcad, a third-party plug-in to Vectorworks, serving businesses involved in shop-fitting, joinery, and bespoke furniture. interiorcad’s typical field of application ranges from rendering at the presentation stage to CNC-code at the production end. Stephan’s job is in direct sales of extragroup’s software to clients, and he plays a key role in the design of user interfaces for both of extragroup’s solutions.

extragroup.de/

Rendering Tips, Tricks, and Other Cool Stuff (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Luiz Ruiz

Over-modeling or rendering too much too soon are common traps that make rendering a difficult task. This session will help you learn some best practices about how rendering in a smarter, controlled manner can help you explore, refine, and convey your ideas to enhance your communications with clients.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the optimum hardware system requirements necessary to work efficiently with Renderworks.
  2. Explore visualization techniques with basic Renderworks tools and commands.
  3. Discuss how to customize and personalize your renderings by adjusting and customizing camera views, textures, and lights.
  4. Apply customization techniques learned through a variety of sample rendering projects.

Sean O'Skea

Associate Professor of Design Southern Oregon University

Sean has been using Vectorworks software in his own work since 2003 and has been teaching it to his university students for nearly a decade. He has 80 scenic and lighting design credits, both professionally and in academia, and Vectorworks has been an essential part of his work for most of those shows. In 2011, at the suggestion of a student, Sean began to post tutorials to YouTube and now has nearly 1,700 subscribers from around the world and a quarter of a million views on his over 100 tutorials. He has presented numerous workshops at the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

youtube.com/user/seanposkea

The Power of 3D for Set Design (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

The session will suggest document setup, workflow, and specific techniques for the scenic designer. Attendees will learn how one design file is all they need to imagine innovative scenery; create a highly accurate and detailed 3D model, integrated drafting, fast and accurate paint elevations, and stunning renderings; and then collaborate with and share that file with design and technical colleagues.

Learning Objectives
  1. Use 3D modeling tools to quickly generate highly accurate, virtual scenic models.
  2. Apply advanced texture techniques to create exciting renderings and quickly generate accurate paint elevations.
  3. Set up and organize the documents optimized for theatre design.
  4. Create sheet layers to generate templates for fast physical models.

Marc Pancera

Architekt, MSc ETH Arch, Head of BIM Itten+Brechbühl AG

Marc works as an architect and BIM expert at one of the largest architectural firms in Switzerland. He was a leading planner of the operations control center of the Swiss Federal Railways. As a BIM specialist, Marc was also involved in planning the SwissFEL, Switzerland's new X-ray, free-electron laser at the Paul Scherrer Institute, a new highlight in Switzerland's research infrastructure. With his new position as head of BIM, Marc will be challenged with the office's future development in digitalization. IttenBrechbühl has 250 employees at eight locations in Switzerland. The firm solves demanding and complex construction tasks in Europe and relies on a well-developed network, including both fixed partnerships and those related to projects.

ittenbrechbuehl.ch

BIM: How to Get There (Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

This presentation offers insight in the transformation of a 300-employee office into a BIM-based work process by demonstrating a real-life, re-engineered BIM project. Understand how the firm's employees use the project as a training reference, as a tool to explore further BIM possibilities, and as a marketing and sales reference to convey what customers will get from BIM.

Learning Objectives
  1. Summarize how to address and inspire employees with BIM.
  2. Explain an example of a slim and efficient coordination process.
  3. Apply some new employee-inspired BIM ideas and tools.
  4. Prove BIM's efficiency in discussion with customers or management.

Jonathan Pickup

Director of Training Archoncad

Jonathan worked in public and private architectural practices before gaining New Zealand registration as an architect. He then spent eight years in England, where he learned how to work on and manage large, computer-based projects ranging from large shopping centers to high-profile commercial projects. After gaining his U.K. registration as an architect and learning to use Microstation and Vectorworks, Jonathan returned to New Zealand in 1997 and set up his current company to provide CAD training and support services to design professionals. He produces training and computer system manuals, including four Vectorworks tutorial guides, provides onsite and classroom training, and gives technical support. In 2007, Jonathan started a subscription site that provides online training, regular online sessions, and thousands of tutorial videos to hundreds of subscribers.

learn.archoncad.com

3D Modeling Training (Training)
Presented with Frank Brault

Through a series of short projects to give context, the speakers will demonstrate a broad selection of the 3D tools available in Vectorworks software, including surface-based solids, NURBS curves and surfaces, 3D Power Pack menu commands, direct modeling, and the Surface Array command, as well as spend a few moments with the new subdivision functionality. In the process, they will explain tool use hierarchy, explore various workflows, and give an overview of the 3D modeling capabilities in Vectorworks software.

Creating and Managing Libraries (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Some people wish that Vectorworks was simpler to use and that it was easier to find the resources they want. The reality is that if you set Vectorworks up correctly, it is very easy to use. If you save your resources in the correct locations, hatches turn up when you need them, line styles are available when you look for them, rendering styles are available only when you want them, and so on. Making Vectorworks easy to use is all about setting up your system correctly. It's time to speed up, and clean up, your workspace.

Learning Objectives
  1. Recognize how to manage default content.
  2. Restate how to create default content.
  3. Identify what a symbol is.
  4. Create and manage symbols.

Sasha Reed

Vice President of Strategic Development Bluebeam Software

Sasha collaborates with leaders in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry to guide Bluebeam’s technology, partnerships, and long-term goals. She joined Bluebeam in 2007 and co-created the Concierge Approach, a distinctly branded process of customer engagement, product feedback, and solution delivery. Sasha is known as a “conversation facilitator,” creating platforms for exchanges to digitally advance the industry, including the BD+C Magazine Digital COM Blog, which she authors and manages. She’s presented at numerous conferences, including the 2014 Design-Build Institute of America Conference and Expo, Federal Project Delivery Symposium, NTI Danish BIM Conference, and the 2015 London Vision Event for the Future of the Built Environment. Sasha co-chairs the Construction PDF Coalition, serves on the City College of San Francisco BIM Industry Council, and is Advisor to the Board of Direction for the buildingSMART Alliance.

bluebeam.com

BIM Beyond Design: How Bluebeam is Enabling Collaboration (Beginner)
1 AIA LU

Leveraging information from the model downstream is a critical challenge for the design industry. How do you maintain your own BIM momentum without model adoption from project partners, particularly those on the job site? Join Sasha Reed to discuss how the PDF is bridging the gap between the designer and the built world, enabling teams to build trust and evolve as highly collaborative partners.

Learning Objectives
  1. Discuss today’s state of BIM adoption and usage.
  2. Identify the distinct challenges of using the model outside the design and documentation phase.
  3. Assess the value of 2D PDFs, 3D PDFs, and the cloud.
  4. Distinguish between two industry forums: The Construction PDF Coalition, an initiative to improve the quality of construction documents, and the buildingSMART Alliance, an industry group addressing thought leadership, industry information standards, and proven practice.

Luis Ruiz

Senior Product Specialist – Architecture Industry Vectorworks, Inc.

Luis uses his 20 years of architectural expertise to create innovative designs, presentation files, demonstrations, and feature videos that showcase Vectorworks software's capabilities. In addition, he provides training at AIA conventions and international BIM events. A native of Mexico City, Luis also supports Latin American Vectorworks users and distributors by speaking at events and recording voiceovers for Spanish-language tutorial videos. Prior to joining Vectorworks, he was a senior designer at LineSync Architecture in Vermont. He was also previously a co-owner of Arquidesk, an architectural design consulting firm. Luis earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Universidad del Valle de Mexico.

vectorworks.net

Rendering for Success (Training)
Presented with Jim Wilson

Looking for a refresher about rendering techniques that save time, maintain high quality, help you to explore, refine, and convey your ideas, as well as enhance client communications? Then this class is for you. Start with identifying the right computer before you start modeling and learn about optimum system requirements. Then, explore what Renderworks delivers out-of-the-box to make visualization easier, as well as how to improve its capabilities with a little customization. Next make your 3D renderings shine by adjusting textures, lights, camera views, and resolutions. Class ends with a few recommended artistic techniques as shown through various rendering projects.

Rendering Tips, Tricks, and Other Cool Stuff (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Stephan Mönninghoff

Over-modeling or rendering too much too soon are common traps that make rendering a difficult task. This session will help you learn some best practices about how rendering in a smarter, controlled manner can help you explore, refine, and convey your ideas to enhance your communications with clients.

Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the optimum hardware system requirements necessary to work efficiently with Renderworks.
  2. Explore visualization techniques with basic Renderworks tools and commands.
  3. Discuss how to customize and personalize your renderings by adjusting and customizing camera views, textures, and lights.
  4. Apply customization techniques learned through a variety of sample rendering projects.

Don Seidel

Principal Seidel + Associates, Inc.

Don's 38-year career spans the early days of hand drafting to the introduction of computer drafting and 3D modeling and into the present (almost) paperless practice. Don has worked on several unusual building types, including breweries, tour facilities, and theme parks. He has been a project architect and designer with prominent firms in San Antonio and St. Louis. Don has been president of an architectural firm for the past 26 years. Don attended San Antonio College and furthered his education at St. Phillips College in computer studies. Don has been a repeat guest lecturer at San Antonio College’s Department of Architecture. He is a licensed architect in Texas and Colorado. A husband and father of five, Don also enjoys cycling, photography, and novels.

seidel-inc.com

Production Multiplier: Workflows That Cut Time From Concept Through CDs (Novice, Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

By embracing tools and methods already in BIM software, learn how a small architectural firm produced a $2.7 million building on schedule. The focus for this session is a case study of the San Antonio Zoo's 100-year anniversary building.

Learning Objectives
  1. Demonstrate the advantage of using design software from concept to construction documentation.
  2. Evaluate how a BIM model maximizes efficiency.
  3. Explain how auto-generated schedules and tags stay updated.
  4. Perform simple file organization.

Rubina Siddiqui, NOMA, Assoc. AIA,

Product Marketing Manager – Architecture Vectorworks, Inc.

Rubina’s knowledge of BIM and her architectural experience help her to work with designers to understand their needs and goals, as well as demonstrate how BIM workflows can benefit their projects by communicating how interoperability and collaboration with all parties in the design process improve with Open BIM. Rubina earned a bachelor’s of science degree in geology and earth science from George Washington University, and a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. As a geologist, Rubina worked for the Climate History Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. She’s also worked as both a project architect and a BIM manager for firms, focusing on institutional projects such as schools. Rubina is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, as well as an active member and volunteer for both the National Organization of Minority Architects and Architecture In Schools.

vectorworks.net

Setting up a File for a BIM Workflow (Training)
Presented with Wes Gardner

This session will cover the basics of file setup to create a comprehensive BIM model, the ability to extract drawings from the model, and attaching IFC data for a BIM model exchange. Items covered include: story, level, and layer setup; wall styles; slab styles and slab modification; drawing production; and attaching IFC data.

Introduction to Project Sharing: The Multi-User Environment in Vectorworks (Training)
Presented with Wes Gardner

This session will cover the basic setup of a project file and how to work within a working file. The speakers will delve deeper into understanding Project Sharing permission levels, how layer setup can change or vary for Project Sharing, how to communicate among your project team, when to create a new working file, and how to archive a project file. There will be room for Q&A.

Understanding File Organization and Setup for a BIM Environment (Novice)
1 AIA LU Presented with Wes Gardner

Understanding how to set up and organize a file for a BIM environment is the key to a successful BIM model. This session will cover the basics of file setup to create a comprehensive BIM model, the ability to extract drawings from the model, and attaching IFC data for a BIM model exchange.

Learning Objectives
  1. Use Vectorworks software's organizational structure for a BIM workflow.
  2. Describe how a BIM model can be used to create the necessary drawings for construction documents.
  3. Explain IFC and how IFC data can be attached to elements for BIM model exchange.
  4. Recognize the benefits of a BIM model for coordination and drawing production.
Introduction to Project Sharing: the Multi-User Environment in Vectorworks (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

This session will cover the basic setup of a project file and how to work within a working file. We will delve deeper into understanding Project Sharing permission levels, how layer setup can change or vary for Project Sharing, how to communicate among your project team, when to create a new working file, and how to archive a project file.

Learning Objectives
  1. Describe Project Sharing, the multi-user environment in Vectorworks software.
  2. Explain how file setup can be optimized for Project Sharing.
  3. Evaluate the permission levels of Project Sharing and understand how to apply them.
  4. Demonstrate how to manage a Project Sharing file.

Tamsin Slatter

Director Design Software Solutions Ltd.

Tamsin is a renowned Vectorworks expert and regular author of training materials for Vectorworks, Inc. Tamsin's background was in corporate IT with ICL, IBM, and Oracle. Subsequently, Tamsin retrained as a designer, and after starting her own practice, stumbled upon Vectorworks while seeking to improve her business' efficiency. She fell in love with the software and felt inspired to share it with the design industry. She founded Design Software Solutions, which sells Vectorworks software to design firms of all shapes and sizes. The firm specializes in understanding each client’s needs and providing appropriate software, training, and consultancy. Tamsin’s training curriculum is delivered through manuals, face-to-face, online, or e-learning. She currently oversees the company’s strategy, and manages the presales, training, and technical support team.

designsoftwaresolutions.co.uk

The Anatomy of the Vectorworks Lighting Instrument (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU

Vectorworks Spotlight software ships with a huge library of lighting instrument symbols. However, lighting designers often have a desire to create their own. It’s easy to bring in your own geometry from a variety of sources and convert it to a symbol. But how do you get that symbol to behave as a true Vectorworks lighting instrument and exploit all the functionality that makes it so much more than a drawing element? This session demonstrates how to use the flexibility of the software to create your own intelligent lighting instruments.

Learning Objectives
  1. Explore the elements of a Vectorworks lighting instrument.
  2. Discover best practices for importing a symbol from a different CAD format.
  3. Create a 2D and 3D representation suitable for use with Vectorworks software.
  4. Prepare your custom lighting device symbol by adding data and textures to enable the instrument to function in worksheets and rendered views.

Andreas Thierer, MBE

Sales & Marketing Director and Landscape Architect ComputerWorks GmbH

As a member of ComputerWorks GmbH, Vectorworks' German distributor, Andreas' focus is on creating the best possible user experience by collecting and evaluating customer feedback for Vectorworks' marketing and R&D teams. He has been one of the key players in the design and development of the new Energos feature in Vectorworks 2016 software. In close cooperation with Energos lead consultant Dieter Jandausch, Andreas has provided valuable insight into energy modeling concepts implemented around the world. He has also been a Vectorworks software user since 1993, when he started working with MiniCad 5 during an internship while studying landscape architecture at the Technical University of Munich.

computerworks.de

Design our Future with Energos (Intermediate)
1 AIA LU Presented with Dieter Jandausch

Do you want to learn how to design an energy-efficient building without being an expert? This session dives into Vectorworks software's Energos module, a tool that yields building energy use analysis results and translates the chaos of worldwide energy calculations into plain English. Explore some initial projects and understand why Energos is a valuable design aid for all architects.

Learning Objectives
  1. Define the building model, energy data, and energy calculations.
  2. Determine Energos' benefits, including the ability to make critical performance decisions.
  3. Optimize energy-efficiency as a building's design develops.
  4. Use advanced data to perform more complex energy analyses.

Donald Ward

Training Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

Don is a software expert and lead trainer who has been with the company for 10 years, initially as a senior technical support specialist working directly with Vectorworks users. Since 2007, Don has been conducting classroom and online training courses on Vectorworks software for users of all levels and design disciplines. He has also presented at numerous industry events including the LDI and ASLA annual conventions. In addition, Don works with the various User Group communities and provides customized, onsite team training for Vectorworks clients.

vectorworks.net

Efficient DWG-Based Workflows (Training)

This session covers common issues designers face when importing DWG files (e.g., large dimension arrow heads, objects out of scale, all objects in a symbol, etc.). Learn some recommended workflows and how the Import Options dialog box addresses these issues. Then, use the Visibility tool to clean up imported data, purge used objects, and save desired views.

Bryan Williams

Segment Manager, Field Solutions Trimble Navigation Ltd.

Bryan has 29 years of international experience, working in the construction industry as a site engineer, construction surveyor, project supervisor, and consultant. He has spent the last 15 years developing and marketing intelligent positioning solutions for the construction industry as part of the General Contractor / Construction Manager Division of Trimble Buildings Group.

www.trimble.com

Using 3D Scanning for Design (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

In this session, learn how 3D scanning can be used to provide highly detailed as-built documentation and models as a starting point for better design and construction. Attendees will understand the details of how 3D scanning data is collected and processed in preparation for use in Vectorworks software. They will also learn how to use scanning service providers to capture and prepare this data.

Learning Objectives
  1. Illustrate how 3D scanning can be used for an upcoming project.
  2. Identify how 3D scan data is captured and prepared for use in Vectorworks software.
  3. Discover how 3D models can be created from 3D point cloud data.
  4. Investigate the business options to capture and process 3D scan data.

Jim Wilson

User Experience Manager Vectorworks, Inc.

After a decade working with Vectorworks' Technical Support and Training departments, Jim has most recently been promoted to user experience manager. Tasked with identifying and working to resolve customer issues related to both the software and the company, Jim's work takes him to each department's doorstep in order to provide feedback and get answers to user inquiries. Attendees may recognize his voice from the various training videos released by the User Success team or from his regular posts on the Community Board. Jim's specific experience with 3D modeling and rendering will be put to good use as he assists in the Renderworks training course at the Design Summit.

vectorworks.net

Rendering for Success (Training)
Presented with Luis Ruiz

Looking for a refresher about rendering techniques that save time, maintain high quality, help you to explore, refine, and convey your ideas, as well as enhance client communications? Then this class is for you. Start with identifying the right computer before you start modeling and learn about optimum system requirements. Then, explore what Renderworks delivers out-of-the-box to make visualization easier, as well as how to improve its capabilities with a little customization. Next make your 3D renderings shine by adjusting textures, lights, camera views, and resolutions. Class ends with a few recommended artistic techniques as shown through various rendering projects.

Jim Woodward

Creative Director Exhibit Logic

Jim is an award-winning designer, whose expertise is in 3D visualization, rendering, and modeling for various industries including concert and theatrical events, film and television, corporate events, trade shows, museums, architectural firms, and retail. Jim has been conducting hands-on, customized Vectorworks training for individuals or groups for over eight years. His courses teach new skills and techniques that students can immediately incorporate into their designs to enhance their workflows, boost productivity, and maximize their creative potential. He also guest lectures at colleges and universities, presenting mini-courses to students and faculty. Jim has often been a guest speaker and presenter at Vectorworks' tradeshow booths and user groups and hopes you enjoy his presentation.

exhibitlogic.com

Conceptual Design for the Entertainment Industries (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced)
1 AIA LU

This session examines ways to set up and produce workflows that let designers create realistic drawings, in less time and effort, using new design software features. See news ways to use familiar tools and commands as the speaker shares his thoughts and methods to let your ideas come to life.

Learning Objectives
  1. Apply new ways to speed up workflows.
  2. Describe advanced use of the Workspace editor.
  3. Utilize classes and symbols for comparing concepts.
  4. Integrate Vectorworks and Lighting PreViz seamlessly.

Cost

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Travel

Hotel

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 North Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is the official 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit partner hotel and conference location. Just outside, the energy of downtown Chicago awaits. The Art Institute and the Field Museum; Navy Pier and Chicago's Lakefront; the acclaimed shopping along the Magnificent Mile and Oak Street boutiques; Chicago's theaters and nightclubs; the bustling business district and the serene escape of Millennium Park all intersect at one location: Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park.

Online Reservations: Reserve Now
Telephone: 312-565-8000
Group Rate: $199/night (single/double occupancy)
Reservation Deadline: March 31, 2016

Please remember to mention Vectorworks to obtain the group rate when calling the Fairmont Chicago.
Hotel reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis until March 31, 2016, or until the block has sold out. We cannot guarantee the group rate if rooms are still available in the Vectorworks block after March 31, 2016.

Check-in Time: 3:00pm
Check-out Time: 12:00pm
Self/Valet Parking: Parking is $70 per day

Reservation/Cancellation and Late Departure Policy
Cancellations must be made two days prior to the reservation check-in date to avoid any penalties.

Transportation

Airport:

Midway Airport is located 12 miles from the hotel.
O’Hare International Airport is located 18 miles from the hotel.

Taxi:

$35 each way from Midway Airport.
(45 – 60 minutes, based on traffic)

$40 each way from O’Hare International Airport.
(45 - 90 minutes, based on traffic)

Shuttle:

To/From Midway Airport: Prices average around $30 per one-way trip. Takes 45-60 minutes, based on traffic.

To/From O’Hare International Airport: Prices average around $30 per one-way trip. Takes 45-60 minutes, based on traffic.

Subway (CTA):

The hotel is located less than one mile from the subway (CTA), which goes to and from both airports. The blue line runs from O’Hare. The orange line runs from Midway.

Sponsors

Vectorworks partners with companies and developers all over the world to provide users with the best software experience. Whether you’re in the architecture, landscape, or entertainment design industry, we have something for you. These partners will be exhibiting at the Design Summit. Stop by their tables to find the right solution for your software needs.

Headline Sponsor

Bluebeam® Software develops innovative solutions that push the limits of digital project communication, allowing the world’s most document-intensive industries to share information and collaborate in real time, or any time. Designed for technical professionals, our flagship product, Bluebeam Revu, includes 2D and 3D PDF creation, annotation and collaboration solutions that automate critical work processes using a universal file format, helping you complete projects faster than ever before. Real results include an 85% reduction in paper usage, 60% increase in productivity and a 33% schedule reduction.

Gold Sponsor

Asite

Silver Sponsor

3Dconnexion

Bronze Sponsor

Canon

Exhibitors

Connect CAD
Maxon
Modelo
Pulp Art Surfaces
SCIA, Inc.
Solibri

Exclusive Media Partner

World Architects

FAQ

Where is the Vectorworks Design Summit?
The Vectorworks Design Summit will take place at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park hotel. Evening events will take place at various locations throughout downtown Chicago. Transportation to the evening events from the hotel will be provided with your conference registration.
What are the conference dates?
The conference kicks off on Monday, April 25, 2016, and concludes on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 3:45pm. An optional architectural tour will take place at the Summit's conclusion from 4:00 to 5:30pm.
How do I become a speaker?
While we aren’t accepting speaking proposals any longer, you can check out all the great content planned for the Summit here. Contact designsummit@vectorworks.net with any questions.
Are there exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities?
Yes. Apply to become a partner HERE.
What does the registration fee include?
The fee includes all conference materials, educational sessions (including optional training on Monday), entertainment, meals, and an architecture tour.
How do I register?
Click HERE to register through Eventbrite.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?

We must receive all event registration cancellations in writing. Email your request to designsummit@vectorworks.net.

  • Full Refund: Cancellations must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 6, 2016.
  • 50% Return: Cancellations must be received between 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, March 7, 2016 and 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3, 2016.
  • No refunds will be given after 12:00 a.m. ET on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Can I substitute my registration if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit, you may transfer your registration to another person by sending an email with the new attendee’s name and contact information to designsummit@vectorworks.net. Substitution requests made after Friday, March 25, 2016 may be subject to a $100 transaction fee.
Can I bring a guest?
Guest tickets for the nighttime events can be purchased HERE.
Will I be able to register and pay for the conference on site?
No. Registration for the Vectorworks Design Summit will close on Sunday, April 17.
Are there discounted hotel rates?
Yes. You can take advantage of the special conference hotel rate at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park for $199/night. Reserve a room at the discounted rate HERE.
How do I book a hotel for the Vectorworks Design Summit?
Visit the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park’s website to book your stay.
What is the hotel room cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made two days prior to the reservation's check-in date to avoid any penalties.
Is the hotel stay included in the conference fee?
No. Conference fees do not include hotel accommodations.
Where can I find information about Chicago?
Go to http://www.choosechicago.com/ to learn more about the host city.
What will the weather be like?
The temperature in Chicago during late-April averages a high of 59 degrees and a low of 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
What airport should I fly into for the conference?
Two airports serve the Chicago-area. Midway Airport is located 12 miles from the hotel. O’Hare International Airport is located 18 miles from the hotel. Getting to the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is very easy. (See above Transportation section).
Is airfare included in my conference registration?
No. The conference fees do not include airfare or transportation costs.
Where is the agenda, and what types of sessions can I expect?
We're finalizing specific speaker time slots and will announce more details about our keynote speakers soon, so check back often for the full schedule. In the meantime, select your specific industry to see sessions just for you in the speaker section.
Will there be additional training opportunities available?
Yes. There are three separate training sessions on Monday, April 25, 2016. Design Summit attendees can sign up for these complimentary sessions as a part of their registration process. Availability will be limited, so register early.
Who should I contact if I have special dietary needs or allergies?
Please send any dietary needs or additional concerns to designsummit@vectorworks.net.
What is the recommended attire for the conference?
We suggest that attendees dress business casual for both the educational and nighttime events.
Is this event open to members of the press?
Yes. Qualified journalists wishing to cover the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit must apply for media credentials. Please email Communications Specialist Lauren Burke at lburke@vectorworks.net to confirm your credentials, receive a complimentary ticket, and inquire about scheduling interviews while at the Design Summit.
What if I still have unanswered questions?
Please email: designsummit@vectorworks.net
I'm not a Vectorworks user. Can I still attend?
Absolutely! Start by mingling with fellow designers over cocktails at Brixology, an event we're hosting Monday night with the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Hang out then compete in teams to see who can construct the most innovative, interesting, or inventive citiscapes using everyone's favorite LEGO® building bricks. Then, extend the fun by joining us for dinner (location coming soon). Brixology attendees will also receive a special offer to join us for the rest of the Summit program, too! Check out event details here.