Design Summit Videos

A Look Back at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit

Highlights
The 2015 Summit armed visionaries who share your passion for design with product knowledge and inspiration to help them solve their next design challenge. We even made time for a couple nights of fun!

Overview

Join the software company that helps you transform the world by attending a networking event with visionaries who share your passion for design. From dynamic keynote presentations to engaging thought-leadership breakouts, the Vectorworks Design Summit will help you solve your next design challenge.

Why Attend?

  • Thought Leadership & Best Practices — Engaging speakers will help you learn how other designers transform the world with Vectorworks.
  • 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 peak into the future of Vectorworks software.
  • Entertainment — Enjoy time with other designers and industry professionals at the exciting, evening events.
  • Download Letter to the Boss — Convince your boss to let you register.

Agenda:

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12:00pm – 8:00pm
Registration
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Optional Advanced Architect Training
Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks Inc. Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad
Optional Advanced Landmark Training
Eric Gilbey, RLA, ASLA, Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.
Optional Advanced Spotlight Training
Don Ward, Trainer, Vectorworks, Inc. Frank Brault, Industry Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.
7:00pm - 10:00pm
Welcome Dinner at El Vez
7:30am – 9:00am
Registration
Breakfast
9:00am – 10:15am
Sean Flaherty

Welcome

Vectorworks CEO Welcome
Sean Flaherty, Chief Executive Officer, Vectorworks, Inc.
10:15am – 11:15am
Leo Van Broeck

Keynote

Design Keynote: How much space do we really need?
Leo Van Broeck, Founding Partner, BOGDAN & VAN BROECK
11:15am – 2:00pm
Expo Hall Open
Engineering Tables Open
11:30am – 12:30pm
Creating and Managing Libraries  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

It is tempting to think that you only need to have one library file for all your resources; however, this is not the most effective way to use CAD software. Learn Pickup’s approach for storing default content resources, so they appear when you want to use them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase productivity by creating and managing a library for regularly used objects and resources.
  2. Catalog library information in the best place.
  3. Organize default content and explain where CAD software stores it.
  4. Recognize how to create a symbol and why symbols are the most efficient way to create repeatable objects.
Powerful Modeling Tools for Conceptual Design
Rubén Hernández Fontana, Chief Executive Officer, CAEDRO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer, Vectorworks, Inc. Luis Ruiz, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

With the industry’s best 3D modeling engine at its core, Vectorworks software offers a variety of 3D tools that help you push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, def orm, and transform your ideas into conceptual designs. Learn from this panel of speakers as they share their techniques for harnessing the power of Vectorworks boolean, solids, and surface modeling tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the power of Vectorworks 3D.
  2. Demonstrate how to use the 3D tool set to create forms and explore conceptual ideas.
  3. Discover the ways in which you can incorporate other 3D file formats into your designs.
  4. Describe how to attach meaningful data to your custom 3D forms.
Thinking Through Your Sketches  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Peter Exley, FAIA, Director of Architecture at Architecture Is Fun, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Regional Representative, Illinois, for the AIA Strategic Council

BIM software isn’t just a design and production tool; it’s adept at helping the smart architect tell a compelling story. In this session, a Chicago-based architect will demonstrate a back and forth workflow between analog and digital tools, leveraging familiar software and conventional hand drawings to create captivating 3D sketches that communicate evolving design solutions to clients and AE colleagues.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how digital tools and BIM software can be used effectively alongside analog tools in the design process.
  2. Learn to use advanced technological tools to efficiently communicate sophisticated design ideas to laypersons.
  3. Discuss the role of old and new technologies in advancing design ideas and project communication to team members.
  4. Develop an efficient workflow for a design team that allows multiple users to generate compelling presentation sketches and informative digital models.
Using Smart CAD Tools to Complete a Sustainable Site Plan  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Stephen W. Schrader Jr., PLA, ASLA, Associate Landscape Architect, Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc.

Information modeling holds the key to more efficient productivity in site design. Learn how CAD tools like smart objects and built-in worksheets speed up site design at all phases of a project, from preliminary site planning to documenting compliance with green codes, local landscape ordinances, and LEED certification credits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Augment existing CAD workflows using standard CAD tools along with parametric and “smart” objects to model site data and store information beyond the visual representation of the project.
  2. Apply database, reporting, and spreadsheet functions in worksheets to derive site data from the geometry and smart objects in a CAD drawing to simplify and reduce errors in calculation tasks.
  3. Set up and use a plant database to store plant data, and prepare worksheets to calculate landscape water use reduction from a calculated baseline to meet project goals or green building credits.
  4. Verify compliance with green codes, zoning/landscape ordinances, and LEED/SITES credits, using worksheet calculations to test the effects of design decisions in real time.
Using Vectorworks for External Collaboration  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Jeffrey Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, Architect Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

This session will help you identify how best to exchange important data with consultants during the design process. Then, you’ll learn the necessary basic steps, advanced tips, tricks, and possible pitfalls in utilizing an effective reference model workflow using an IFC-based data exchange.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the business case, value, and expectations in utilizing a Reference Workflow in BIM projects.
  2. Examine how a Reference Workflow is implemented between Vectorworks and design partners.
  3. Examine how to use Vectorworks and IFC-based file exchange for Reference Workflow-based collaboration.
  4. Assess Vectorworks software's essential concepts, tools, and procedures for optimal BIM implementation and IFC data exchange.
Using Vectorworks Software to Report Information from a Model
Frank Brault, Industry Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc. Kevin Linzey, Software Engineer, Vectorworks, Inc.

This session examines the capabilities of the database worksheet feature in Vectorworks software, with examples ranging from simple formulas to database-driven worksheets. Vectorworks models can be used to generate production documents that meet a multitude of industry needs, so the speakers will discuss how to use the software to create information-rich models, as well as worksheets that list and quantify objects within the model.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover the relationship between all Vectorworks geometric objects and the lists of properties and data that can be generated from them.
  2. Develop models in your Vectorworks projects that report a wealth of data with the on-board worksheet feature.
  3. Make reports that dynamically update to reflect the current state of the model in your Vectorworks project.
  4. Learn the secrets of formatting and formulas that can turn worksheet values into presentation quality graphic elements.
11:30am – 1:30pm
Tamsin Slatter Book Signing
Lunch
Bim – Contractors fighting the inevitable
Rob Glisson, AIA, Principal, ROJO Architecture

Learn why ROJO Architecture has heavily invested in educating building owners and contractors on the benefits of creating and sharing 3D BIM models. The firm’s cofounder will explain what message they’re sending to contractors and how his firm’s bottom line is benefiting from such efforts by putting 100 percent of their time into design rather than documenting and drafting.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the benefits of BIM today and its potential for the future.
  2. Understand that BIM, while exciting for the architect, is a true paradigm shift in the way we will deliver buildings in the future.
  3. Recognize that BIM is not CAD; rather, it is much more with amazing consequences.
  4. Explore how the process of architecture will change and where architects’ importance will lie within the new system as delivery methods change.
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Making the Most of Cloud and Mobile Apps
Ron Kwaske, AIA, Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect Jeremy Powell, Director of Product Marketing, Vectorworks, Inc.

Representatives from the Vectorworks Cloud and Mobile Solutions team will join designers to share how Vectorworks Cloud Services can benefit design workflows and client communications. Attendees will learn about the benefits of cloud-based file processing, gain file management tips, and understand various ways to communicate and present designs with Vectorworks mobile apps.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how cloud and mobile apps can benefit your business today.
  2. Examine the cloud and mobile offerings of Vectorworks software and discover helpful tips and tricks.
  3. Observe how others use Vectorworks Cloud Services as part of their design workflows.
  4. Discuss the future needs designers have when using cloud and mobile apps.
Powerful Modeling Tools for Conceptual Design
Rubén Hernández Fontana, Chief Executive Officer, CAEDRO Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer, Vectorworks, Inc. Luis Ruiz, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

With the industry’s best 3D modeling engine at its core, Vectorworks software offers a variety of 3D tools that help you push, pull, blend, twist, sculpt, def orm, and transform your ideas into conceptual designs. Learn from this panel of speakers as they share their techniques for harnessing the power of Vectorworks boolean, solids, and surface modeling tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize the power of Vectorworks 3D.
  2. Demonstrate how to use the 3D tool set to create forms and explore conceptual ideas.
  3. Discover the ways in which you can incorporate other 3D file formats into your designs.
  4. Describe how to attach meaningful data to your custom 3D forms.
Thinking Through Your Sketches  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Peter Exley, FAIA, Director of Architecture at Architecture Is Fun, Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Regional Representative, Illinois, for the AIA Strategic Council

BIM software isn't just a design and production tool; it's adept at helping the smart architect tell a compelling story. In this session, a Chicago-based architect will demonstrate a back and forth workflow between analog and digital tools, leveraging familiar software and conventional hand drawings to create captivating 3D sketches that communicate evolving design solutions to clients and AE colleagues.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize how digital tools and BIM software can be used effectively alongside analog tools in the design process.
  2. Learn to use advanced technological tools to efficiently communicate sophisticated design ideas to laypersons.
  3. Discuss the role of old and new technologies in advancing design ideas and project communication to team members.
  4. Develop an efficient workflow for a design team that allows multiple users to generate compelling presentation sketches and informative digital models.
Transitioning from General CAD to Information Modeling Workflows  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Robert D. Anderson, RLA, ASLA, Principal, ROBERT ANDERSON | landscape architect

Explore the simplicity and ease of migrating to information modeling software. Learn best practices for converting old detail libraries and updating standards. Plus, pick up additional tips about how to use your extensive libraries of free-formed models in your drawings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to integrate vector line work from traditional CAD into an information modeling application and begin to leverage the power of 3D design and the use of an informational modeling workflow.
  2. Convert your existing library of free-formed model files into useful hybrid symbols that you can then employ in the production of site information models and building information models, thereby creating materials schedules to streamline your budgeting and estimating for your projects.
  3. Incorporate “hardscape areas” and “landscape areas” within site-specific design software to develop information-modeled areas that can be used in preparing your credit calculations for LEED and/or SITES credits, such as “Water Efficiency,” “Rainwater Management,” “Open Space,” and others, and for developing material lists for paving surfaces and green roofs.
  4. Create custom title blocks that utilize data fields to control project information and sheet labels, as well as issue dates and revision dates with the flexibility of the later to be applied to only those drawings that are issued or revised. With these custom title blocks, you can then publish sets in multiple formats simultaneously.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Architectural Visualization with CINEMA 4D
Johan-Bernd Zweverink, Head of Pre-Sales, MAXON Computer GmbH

Discover the benefits of using Cinema 4D for a variety of tasks including landscape design, modeling, and rendering using a variety of general-purpose 3D tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use motion graphic techniques for semi-automatic landscaping, texturing, and modeling.
  2. Prepare your renderings with a few clicks using Radiosity Maps.
  3. Produce your reflective surface materials with the new reflectance channel.
  4. Transform 2D into 3D and composite buildings into photographs.
BIM for Landscape  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

BIM isn't only for architecture; rather, its principles can be used to speed up the production of landscape projects and drawings. Attendees will learn to attach to a model, for example, the amount of water each plant needs for irrigation or the embedded energy for each square meter of concrete.

Learning Objectives

  1. Apply BIM principles to landscaping.
  2. Describe how to attach non-graphic information to objects.
  3. Define how to report information from objects and how the reports can be formatted.
  4. Employ IFC to import and export landscape objects.
BIM Planning of the SwissFEL Project  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Marc Pancera, Architekt MSc ETH Arch, Itten+Brechbühl AG

Architectural and general planning firm IttenBrechbühl is helping to plan the Switzerland of tomorrow. Get a glimpse into their architectural implementation planning and construction management process for the large-scale research facility, SwissFEL (a linear particle accelerator).

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the "rules of the game" and organizing planning teams.
  2. Assess the limits and freedom of the interface formats (IFC, DWG, DXF, PDF).
  3. Explain the importance of a defined level of detail (LoD).
  4. Analyze the importance of a constant check 3D model versus reality.
Making the Most of Cloud and Mobile Apps
Ron Kwaske, AIA, Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect Jeremy Powell, Director of Product Marketing, Vectorworks, Inc.

Representatives from the Vectorworks Cloud and Mobile Solutions team will join designers to share how Vectorworks Cloud Services can benefit design workflows and client communications. Attendees will learn about the benefits of cloud-based file processing, gain file management tips, and understand various ways to communicate and present designs with Vectorworks mobile apps.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how cloud and mobile apps can benefit your business today.
  2. Examine the cloud and mobile offerings of Vectorworks software and discover helpful tips and tricks.
  3. Observe how others use Vectorworks Cloud Services as part of their design workflows.
  4. Discuss the future needs designers have when using cloud and mobile apps.
Q&A: The hidden gems of Vectorworks spotlight
Don Ward, Lead Trainer, Vectorworks, Inc.

Sit down with our in-house Vectorworks trainer to have your Spotlight questions answered. Use this open session to chat about unlocking the secrets of the Seating Layout tool, rotating a truss in 3D, adding your logo to the Video Screen tool, or anything else you want to learn to keep designing creatively and efficiently.

Transitioning from General CAD to Information Modeling Workflows  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Robert D. Anderson, RLA, ASLA, Principal, ROBERT ANDERSON | landscape architect

Explore the simplicity and ease of migrating to information modeling software. Learn best practices for converting old detail libraries and updating standards. Plus, pick up additional tips about how to use your extensive libraries of free-formed models in your drawings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to integrate vector line work from traditional CAD into an information modeling application and begin to leverage the power of 3D design and the use of an informational modeling workflow.
  2. Convert your existing library of free-formed model files into useful hybrid symbols that you can then employ in the production of site information models and building information models, thereby creating materials schedules to streamline your budgeting and estimating for your projects.
  3. Incorporate “hardscape areas” and “landscape areas” within site-specific design software to develop information-modeled areas that can be used in preparing your credit calculations for LEED and/or SITES credits, such as “Water Efficiency,” “Rainwater Management,” “Open Space,” and others, and for developing material lists for paving surfaces and green roofs.
  4. Create custom title blocks that utilize data fields to control project information and sheet labels, as well as issue dates and revision dates with the flexibility of the later to be applied to only those drawings that are issued or revised. With these custom title blocks, you can then publish sets in multiple formats simultaneously.
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Creating and Managing Libraries  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Jonathan Pickup, Author and Director of Training, archoncad

It is tempting to think that you only need to have one library file for all your resources; however, this is not the most effective way to use CAD software. Learn Pickup’s approach for storing default content resources, so they appear when you want to use them.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase productivity by creating and managing a library for regularly used objects and resources.
  2. Catalog library information in the best place.
  3. Organize default content and explain where CAD software stores it.
  4. Recognize how to create a symbol and why symbols are the most efficient way to create repeatable objects.
Design Context and Digital Design  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Stanley Paul Rostas, AIA, LEED BD&C, IIDA, CNU, Founding Principal, Shook Kelley

Hear from a top technology guru how he represents the design context using CAD software from the presentation phase of the vision to the construction phase of that vision. Rostas will also explore how various CAD tools and features aid an architectural and urban design in places for convening.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to use digital software within the legal context.
  2. Leverage models for use within different review and approval contexts.
  3. Apply digital software within the quantitative context.
  4. Explore how to use digital software within the environmental context.
Making the most of your 2d skills to move toward 3d
Frank Brault, Industry Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc. Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

If you’re still primarily a 2D drafter, learn some practical ideas for putting Vectorworks software’s powerful, built-in tools to work and start on your way toward 3D modeling and BIM. Learn what types of objects you should use to design with at each stage of the process and what techniques you should use to maintain the model’s integrity. You may even discover that you’re already using some Vectorworks features that can be adapted to incorporate an information workflow in your process so you can be more efficient and productive.

Learning Objectives

  1. Experience what it would be like to put your 2D tool techniques to use making a 3D model.
  2. Learn how to decide which objects to use and why.
  3. Begin to draft faster and more accurately.
  4. Put the power of model and presentation techniques into your documentation.
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Using a Common Data Environment to Enhance BIM-Based Workflows  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Nathan Doughty, Chief Operating Officer, Asite

Use of a common data environment promotes a single source of truth for a designer's project information and helps bring together multidisciplinary teams. This session explores these benefits and discusses how collaborative BIM workflows are being rolled out onto real-world projects.

Learning Objectives

  1. Gain an understanding of international collaborative BIM standards and an update on implementation in practice.
  2. Enhance your BIM coordination processes in the Adoddle collaboration platform and connect commercial information with your design detail.
  3. Bring visibility and control to shared information models.
  4. Integrate document control and construction management with your BIM coordination process.
Utilizing Vectorworks as a BIM Tool
Steve Alden, AIA, Architect, Vectorworks, Inc. Rubina Siddiqui, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, Senior Industry Specialist-BIM Solutions, Vectorworks, Inc.

If you're considering adopting a BIM workflow, learn why Vectorworks is an ideal solution. Then, see through examples how to successfully deliver a BIM model of your next project.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the distinctive differences between conventional project documentation and the creation of a Building Information Model.
  2. Understand the necessity of flexibility during all phases of a project's design and documentation.
  3. See how successful firms use BIM workflows everyday to help them maintain budgets and schedules, while staying ahead of the competition.
  4. Learn how the tools in Vectorworks facilitate BIM delivery.
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Architectural Visualization with CINEMA 4D
Johan-Bernd Zweverink, Head of Pre-Sales, MAXON Computer GmbH

Discover the benefits of using Cinema 4D for a variety of tasks including landscape design, modeling, and rendering using a variety of general-purpose 3D tools.

Learning Objectives

  1. Use motion graphic techniques for semi-automatic landscaping, texturing, and modeling.
  2. Prepare your renderings with a few clicks using Radiosity Maps.
  3. Produce your reflective surface materials with the new reflectance channel.
  4. Transform 2D into 3D and composite buildings into photographs.
Real-time Project Collaboration with Bluebeam Studio  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Jeanette Popiel, Industry Specialist, Bluebeam Software

Interested in enhancing project collaboration in real-time? Join us to learn how Revu’s integrated cloud solution, Bluebeam Studio, can host virtual meetings that enable remote project partners from across the globe to collaborate online in real time. Watch us demonstrate how project teams can collaborate on the fly via Studio Sessions, where multiple users can redline a single copy of the same PDF together in real time or separately on their own time from a desktop, tablet PC, or an iPad.

Learning Objectives

  1. Implement digital workflows that span the entire project lifecycle, from site surveys and field reports to design review and punch.
  2. Create optimized PDFs that seamlessly transition from the office to the field.
  3. Redline 2D and 3D PDFs with customizable clouds, callouts, CAD symbols and more, and save custom annotations in the Tool Chest for easy reuse.
  4. Store entire project folders in the cloud for free, and review PDFs in real-time, or any time, with project partners using Revu's integrated collaboration solution, Bluebeam Studio.
Using Vectorworks for External Collaboration  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Jeffrey Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES, Architect Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

This session will help you identify how best to exchange important data with consultants during the design process. Then, you’ll learn the necessary basic steps, advanced tips, tricks, and possible pitfalls in utilizing an effective reference model workflow using an IFC-based data exchange.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the business case, value, and expectations in utilizing a Reference Workflow in BIM projects.
  2. Examine how a Reference Workflow is implemented between Vectorworks and design partners.
  3. Examine how to use Vectorworks and IFC-based file exchange for Reference Workflow-based collaboration.
  4. Assess Vectorworks software's essential concepts, tools, and procedures for optimal BIM implementation and IFC data exchange.
Utilizing Vectorworks as a BIM Tool
Rubina Siddiqui, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, Senior Industry Specialist-BIM Solutions, Vectorworks, Inc. Steve Alden, AIA, Architect, Vectorworks, Inc.

If you're considering adopting a BIM workflow, learn why Vectorworks is an ideal solution. Then, see through examples how to successfully deliver a BIM model of your next project.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the distinctive differences between conventional project documentation and the creation of a Building Information Model.
  2. Understand the necessity of flexibility during all phases of a project's design and documentation.
  3. See how successful firms use BIM workflows everyday to help them maintain budgets and schedules, while staying ahead of the competition.
  4. Learn how the tools in Vectorworks facilitate BIM delivery.
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Customer Appreciation Dinner at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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7:30am - 9:00am
Breakfast
9:00am – 10:00am
Biplab Sarkar

Keynote

Future of Vectorworks
Dr. Biplab Sarkar, Chief Technology Officer, Vectorworks, Inc.
10:00am - 2:00pm
Expo Hall Open
Engineering Tables Open
10:15am – 11:15am
Circasia: Engaging the Creeks  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Diego Bermudez, Graduate Student, University of Pennsylvania

Learn how Bermudez turned a school project into $10,000 as the winner of the 2014 Richard Diehl Award and Vectorworks Design Scholarship. His project used digital tools to demonstrate how reclaiming an area devastated by poor use redefines the relationship between the villages and creeks in the Colombian coffee community of Circasia, thereby reconnecting the area's urban core to its agrarian landscape.

Learning Objectives

  1. Explore how the designer leveraged various design technologies to convey spatial strategies.
  2. Examine why interoperability between media formats is beneficial when formulating communication pieces beyond non-traditional design elements.
  3. Assess visualization approaches used to demonstrate contemporary interventions that promote a healthier environment.
  4. Investigate how design technology assists in visually incorporating conflicting features.
How Vectorworks Gives 3 Designers a Competitive Edge
Moderator Steve Alden, AIA, Architect, Vectorworks, Inc. Rob Glisson, AIA, Principal, ROJO Architecture, LLC Todd McCurdy, FASLA, Vice President/Director of Landscape Architecture + Planning, MORRIS Jim Woodward, Creative Director, Exhibit Logic

Learn how your colleagues across multiple design disciplines are using Vectorworks to execute on their design visions, present their ideas, and win more business. Panelists will share insights into their workflows and how the software helps them stay creative.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discover how Vectorworks software is used across multiple disciplines to create presentations and document solutions that work.
  2. Benefit from the real-life experiences of practicing designers.
  3. Differentiate between the various workflows possible in Vectorworks software.
  4. Learn how flexible software can augment the creative process and help designers find solutions that clients value.
Project Setup: Stories and Layers and Levels – Oh My!
Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

This session focuses on setting up projects using Vectorworks Architect software’s multi-tiered organization structure. Gain automation in your BIM modeling by combining the power of the organization structure and your wall styles.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to add, edit and delete level types to meet your project needs.
  2. Explore the connection between levels and layers and stories.
  3. Discuss how levels interface with wall styles and slab styles.
  4. Look at how levels, layers and stories come together providing superior change management.
The Benefits of Site Licensing
Juan Almansa, Product Support Manager, Vectorworks, Inc.

Are you looking to streamline how designers and students access Vectorworks software in their offices and at educational institutions? Learn about the capabilities and benefits of a network server license.

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of what Vectorworks network licensing is and how it works.
  2. Learn how to determine if site licensing is useful for your current workstation environment.
  3. Experience the ease with which you can install and maintain the network license.
  4. Discover the differences between locked and floating licenses and the advantages each method offers.
The Small Group Takes on Holistic Design  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Michael Klaers, Lighting Designer at The Small Group and Leader of the Santa Barbara Vectorworks User Group

Watch a demonstration of how Klaers uses CAD software to iterate designs in the entertainment industry while achieving his goal to keep several design disciplines coordinated, update clients, and track vital data without limiting design ideas. He will share his workflow that takes him from initial ideas, to renderings to share with other designers, to construction documents, to complete sets of data, and to final renderings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define strategies for developing design elements.
  2. Explore strategies for mining data from drawings.
  3. Examine in-process renderings as a method of keeping clients and partners in the loop.
  4. Discuss presenting sight lines as renderings.
11:30am – 12:30pm
Building Urban  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
David Leven, AIA, Partner at LEVENBETTS and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design Stella Betts, Partner at LEVENBETTS and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

From the design of the city to the design of the urban interior, “building urban” is an activated design process that applies to design at all scales and areas of focus. Join two New York City-based architects as they discuss the importance of their work in the study of the organizational constructs and their discontinuities for the design of truly integrated architecture that looks at cities, urban buildings, houses, interiors, exhibitions, and furniture.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss urban and architectural organizational systems.
  2. Examine the particularities of these systems that may present opportunities for design and how and what might interrupt these systems.
  3. Investigate divergent scales of design that might apply to “building urban.”
  4. Examine what “building urban” might mean in a non-city design situation.
Efficient Drawing Techniques for Lighting and Scenic Design  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Jim Woodward, Creative Director, Exhibit Logic

Discover how to unleash your creativity by exploring different workflow approaches for capturing and developing your ideas. Woodward, a noted entertainment and exhibit designer, will share how his creative visions come to life through his approaches to designing with software.

Learning Objectives

  1. Set up your drawing for speed and efficiency with the workspace editor.
  2. Discuss the balance between creative thinking and user interface.
  3. Study the creation of lighting, shading, and texturing with render speeds in mind.
  4. Learn how to avoid repetitive actions by creating project templates and organizing resources.
Maintaining a Growing Business While Staying Creative  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Moderator Steve Alden, AIA, Vectorworks, Inc. Dylan Chappell, AIA, Architect, Dylan Chappell Architects Ron Kwaske, AIA, Principal, Office Ron Kwaske, Architect

A panel of practicing professionals will share their experiences about running and maintaining a vibrant and growing business. Find out how these creative individuals ensure their firms' financial stability while expressing inspiring solutions to the unique challenges brought to them by a diverse group of clients.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how small design firms create the quality of work generally associated with larger firms.
  2. Examine successful techniques for balancing profitability with the desire to be creative.
  3. Discover new strategies that enable young professionals to accommodate diverse client needs.
  4. Recognize the early-warning signs of small practice burnout.
Project Setup: Stories and Layers and Levels – Oh My!
Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

This session focuses on setting up projects using Vectorworks Architect software’s multi-tiered organization structure. Gain automation in your BIM modeling by combining the power of the organization structure and your wall styles.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to add, edit and delete level types to meet your project needs.
  2. Explore the connection between levels and layers and stories.
  3. Discuss how levels interface with wall styles and slab styles.
  4. Look at how levels, layers and stories come together providing superior change management.
The Small Group Takes on Holistic Design  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Michael Klaers, Lighting Designer at The Small Group and Leader of the Santa Barbara Vectorworks User Group

Watch a demonstration of how Klaers uses CAD software to iterate designs in the entertainment industry while achieving his goal to keep several design disciplines coordinated, update clients, and track vital data without limiting design ideas. He will share his workflow that takes him from initial ideas, to renderings to share with other designers, to construction documents, to complete sets of data, and to final renderings.

Learning Objectives

  1. Define strategies for developing design elements.
  2. Explore strategies for mining data from drawings.
  3. Examine in-process renderings as a method of keeping clients and partners in the loop.
  4. Discuss presenting sight lines as renderings.
11:30am - 1:30pm
Jonathan Pickup Book Signing
Lunch
12:45pm – 1:45pm
BIM – Contractors Fighting the Inevitable  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Rob Glisson, AIA, Principal, ROJO Architecture

Learn why ROJO Architecture has heavily invested in educating building owners and contractors on the benefits of creating and sharing 3D BIM models. The firm's cofounder will explain what message they're sending to contractors and how his firm's bottom line is benefiting from such efforts by putting 100 percent of their time into design rather than documenting and drafting.

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine the benefits of BIM today and its potential for the future.
  2. Understand that BIM, while exciting for the architect, is a true paradigm shift in the way we will deliver buildings in the future.
  3. Recognize that BIM is not CAD; rather, it is much more with amazing consequences.
  4. Explore how the process of architecture will change and where architects' importance will lie within the new system as delivery methods change.
Building Urban  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
David Leven, AIA, Partner at LEVENBETTS and Associate Professor at Parsons The New School for Design Stella Betts, Partner at LEVENBETTS and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

From the design of the city to the design of the urban interior, “building urban” is an activated design process that applies to design at all scales and areas of focus. Join two New York City-based architects as they discuss the importance of their work in the study of the organizational constructs and their discontinuities for the design of truly integrated architecture that looks at cities, urban buildings, houses, interiors, exhibitions, and furniture.

Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss urban and architectural organizational systems.
  2. Examine the particularities of these systems that may present opportunities for design and how and what might interrupt these systems.
  3. Investigate divergent scales of design that might apply to “building urban.”
  4. Examine what “building urban” might mean in a non-city design situation.
Efficient Drawing Techniques for Lighting and Scenic Design  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU
Jim Woodward, Creative Director, Exhibit Logic

Discover how to unleash your creativity by exploring different workflow approaches for capturing and developing your ideas. Woodward, a noted entertainment and exhibit designer, will share how his creative visions come to life through his approaches to designing with software.

Learning Objectives

  1. Set up your drawing for speed and efficiency with the workspace editor.
  2. Discuss the balance between creative thinking and user interface.
  3. Study the creation of lighting, shading, and texturing with render speeds in mind.
  4. Learn how to avoid repetitive actions by creating project templates and organizing resources.
Making the Most of Your 2D Skills to Move Toward 3D
Frank Brault, Industry Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc. Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

If you're still primarily a 2D drafter, learn some practical ideas for putting Vectorworks software’s powerful, built-in tools to work and start on your way toward 3D modeling and BIM. Learn what types of objects you should use to design with at each stage of the process and what techniques you should use to maintain the model’s integrity. You may even discover that you’re already using some Vectorworks features that can be adapted to incorporate an information workflow in your process so you can be more efficient and productive.

Learning Objectives

  1. Experience what it would be like to put your 2D tool techniques to use making a 3D model.
  2. Learn how to decide which objects to use and why.
  3. Begin to draft faster and more accurately.
  4. Put the power of model and presentation techniques into your documentation.
Rendering for Success
Lennín Mireles, Chief Executive Officer, LMcad ArchViz Studio Luis Ruiz, Architectural Industry Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.

Falling into the trap of over-modeling or rendering too much too soon? Looking for a refresher on rendering techniques that will save you time and maintain high quality? Learn some best practices about how rendering the right way can help you explore, refine, and convey your ideas, as well as enhance client communications.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the right computer before you start modeling and learn about the optimum system requirements.
  2. Explore what Renderworks delivers right out of the box to make visualization easier, as well as how to improve its capabilities with a little customization.
  3. Discuss how 3D renderings can sing by adjusting elements such as textures, lights, camera views, and resolutions.
  4. Learn a few recommended artistic techniques through a variety of rendering projects.
Site Information Modeling (SIM) & 3D Visualization  |  Approved for 1 AIA LU & 1 LA CES
Todd McCurdy, FASLA, Vice President/Director of Landscape Architecture + Planning, MORRIS

Using 3D modeling is an integral part of a site design workflow for internal visualization, as well as presentations to the client. Learn how to analyze your design for boundaries, area, volume, slope, cut/fill, and other data; easily document existing structures, plant materials, and site conditions; and integrate modeling into your current site workflows.

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn how to use software visually in the site planning process to better understand conditions and challenges.
  2. Take study to the next level with quick massing studies.
  3. Learn about site walls/retaining and cut/fill.
  4. Learn how to make full presentation renderings out of your process models.
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Adrian McGregor

Keynote

Closing
Adrian McGregor, FAILA, RLA, MAIH, MPIA, Managing Director, McGregor Coxall
3:15pm
Adjourn

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Monday At a Glance

  • 12:00pm – 8:00pmRegistration
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pmOptional training sessions
  • 7:00pm - 10:00pmWelcome Dinner at El Vez

Tuesday At a Glance

  • 7:30am – 9:00amRegistration
  • 7:30am – 9:00amBreakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:15amVectorworks CEO Welcome: Sean Flaherty
  • 10:15am – 11:15amDesign Keynote: Leo Van Broeck
  • 11:15am – 2:00pmExpo Hall Open
  • 11:15am – 2:00pmEngineering Tables Open
  • 11:30am – 12:30pmBreakout Sessions
  • 11:30am – 1:30pmTamsin Slatter Book Signing
  • 11:30am – 1:30pmLunch
  • 12:45pm – 5:30pmBreakout Sessions
  • 7:00pm – 11:00pmCustomer Appreciation Dinner | Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum

Night at the Museum

Running up "The Rocky Steps" is pretty much a rite of passage for anyone visiting Philadelphia. That's why we're giving Vectorworks Design Summit attendees the chance to experience the iconic trip for themselves! Enjoy entertainment by Back2Life, a local Philadelphia band that brings the whole party out to the dance floor, exclusive access to world-class holdings of European and American paintings, and the opportunity to network with fellow design visionaries.

Wednesday At a Glance

  • 7:30am – 9:00amBreakfast
  • 9:00am – 10:00amFuture of Vectorworks Keynote: Biplab Sarkar
  • 10:00am – 2:00pmExpo Hall Open
  • 10:00am – 2:00pmEngineering Tables Open
  • 10:15am – 11:15pmBreakout Sessions
  • 11:30am – 1:30pmJonathan Pickup Book Signing
  • 11:30am – 1:30pmLunch
  • 11:30am – 1:45pmBreakout Sessions
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pmClosing Keynote: Adrian McGregor
  • 3:15pmAdjourn

Keynote Speakers

Sean Flaherty

Sean Flaherty Vectorworks CEO Welcome

Chief Executive Officer, Vectorworks, Inc.
Leo Van Broeck

Leo Van Broeck Design Keynote

Founding Partner, BOGDAN & VAN BROECK
Biplab Sarkar

Dr. Biplab Sarkar Future of Vectorworks Keynote

Chief Technology Officer, Vectorworks, Inc.
Adrian McGregor

Adrian McGregor, FAILA, RLA, MAIH, MPIA Closing Keynote

Managing Director, McGregor Coxall

Leo Van Broeck

Design Keynote // Founding Partner, BOGDAN & VAN BROECK
Van Broeck believes that the design of attractive, dense, and high-quality urban space is a catalyst for changing how much space people think they need to have an enjoyable and meaningful life. He shares this fundamental belief with co-founder Oana Bogdan and the rest of the firm's team members, who dare to create meaningful added value for today’s society. Van Broeck's leadership combines vision and creativity with pragmatism and feasibility, resulting in a portfolio that covers architecture, urban design, and service design assignments, as well as consultancies, programs (e.g., housing, schools, offices, and public and cultural buildings), and scales ranging from furniture design to regional development. Van Broeck is a guest professor at the KU Leuven University, where he teaches architectural design, urban design, and construction. He is the president of the Federation of Architectural Associations of Belgium. He also actively participates in the promotion of spatial quality and awareness, the domain of urban density, and optimal land use.

Adrian McGregor, FAILA, RLA, MAIH, MPIA

Closing Keynote // Managing Director, McGregor Coxall
McGregor transforms public spaces across the world into living, breathing works of art. With a landscape architecture degree and subsequent certificate in horticulture, McGregor established the Urban Design Alliance in 1997 to radically improve the quality of urban life across Australia. He founded his firm McGregor and Partners in 1998, and renamed it McGregor Coxall in 2009 to better reflect his collaboration with longtime colleague Philip Coxall. The firm has completed work in six nations, focusing on sustainable design in the public domain and urban settings. Their work goes beyond the reduction of environmental damage to actively advance each site’s ecology with regenerative approaches. McGregor has been recognized for his work in sustainable design, as well as in mediation, helping communities, authorities, and developers to work well together.

Sean Flaherty

Vectorworks CEO Welcome // Chief Executive Officer, Vectorworks Inc.
An innovator and proponent of CAD software for nearly 30 years, Flaherty 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 Flaherty 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. growth and market share objectives. Flaherty 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.

Dr. Biplab Sarkar

Future of Vectorworks Keynote // Chief Technology Officer, Vectorworks Inc.
Sarkar leads a team of software engineers and managers, quality assurance specialists, and technical writers to develop the feature set for Vectorworks software. He leads the full engineering process and is responsible for the on-time, on-budget delivery of each version of the program. Sarkar continually seeks out technology innovations and evaluates the competitive landscape to ensure that Vectorworks remains a best-in-class CAD and BIM solution for designers in the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries. He began his career 24 years ago as a software engineer at ICEM Systems and later as a software consultant at Intergraph and the director of R&D at Parametric Technology Corporation, where he led a large international team of programmers in the United States and India. Sarkar started at Vectorworks, Inc. in 2000 as manager of geometry and rendering before assuming his current role in 2008.

Speakers

Steve Alden

Steve Alden, AIA Architect

Vectorworks, Inc.
Juan Almansa

Juan Almansa Product Support Manager

Vectorworks, Inc.
Robert D. Anderson

Robert D. Anderson, RLA, ASLA Principal

ROBERT ANDERSON | landscape architect
Diego Bermudez

Diego Bermudez Graduate Student

University of Pennsylvania
Stella Betts

Stella Betts Partner

LEVENBETTS
Frank Brault

Frank Brault Industry Product Specialist

Vectorworks, Inc.
Dylan Chappell

Dylan Chappell, AIA Architect

Dylan Chappell Architects
Nathan Doughty

Nathan Doughty Chief Operating Officer

Asite
Peter Exley

Peter Exley, FAIA Director of Architecture

Architecture is Fun
Wes Gardner

Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA Architectural Industry Specialist

Vectorworks, Inc.
Eric Gilbey

Eric Gilbey, RLA, ASLA Landscape Architecture Industry Specialist

Vectorworks, Inc.
Rob Glisson

Rob Glisson, AIA Principal

ROJO Architecture, LLC
Rubén Hernández Fontana

Rubén Hernández Fontana Chief Executive Officer

CAEDRO Srl
Michael Klaers

Michael Klaers Lighting Designer

The Small Group
Ron Kwaske

Ron Kwaske, AIA Principal

Office Ron Kwaske, Architect
David Leven

David Leven, AIA Partner

LEVENBETTS
Kevin Linzey

Kevin Linzey Software Engineer

Vectorworks, Inc.
Todd McCurdy, FASLA

Todd McCurdy, FASLA Vice President / Director of Landscape Architecture + Planning

Morris Architects
Jeffrey W. Ouellette

Jeffrey W. Ouellette, Assoc. AIA, IES Architect Product Specialist

Vectorworks, Inc.
Marc Pancera

Marc Pancera Architekt MSc ETH Arch

Itten+Brechbühl AG
Jonathan Pickup

Jonathan Pickup Author and Director of Training

archoncad
Jeanette Popiel

Jeanette Popiel Industry Specialist

Bluebeam Software, Inc.
Jeremy Powell

Jeremy Powell Director of Global Product Marketing

Vectorworks, Inc.
Stanley Rostas

Stanley Paul Rostas, AIA, LEED BD&C, IIDA, CNU Founding Principal

Shook Kelley
Luis Ruiz

Luis Ruiz Architectural Industry Specialist

Vectorworks, Inc.
Stephen W. Schrader Jr.

Stephen W. Schrader Jr., PLA, ASLA Assoc. Landscape Architect

Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc.
Rubina Siddiqui

Rubina Siddiqui, NOMA, Assoc. AIA Senior Industry Specialist-BIM Solutions

Vectorworks, Inc.
Don Ward

Don Ward Trainer

Vectorworks, Inc.
Jim Woodward

Jim Woodward Creative Director

Exhibit Logic
Bernd Zweverink

Johan-Bernd Zweverink Head of Pre-Sales

MAXON Computer GmbH

Partners

Vectorworks, Inc. 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’ve got something for you. These partners will be hosting tables at the Design Summit’s Expo Hall. Stop by their tables to find the right solution for your software needs.

FAQ

Where is the Vectorworks Design Summit?
The Vectorworks Design Summit will take place at the Sofitel Philadelphia hotel. Evening events will take place at various locations throughout downtown Philadelphia.
What are the conference dates?
The conference kicks off on Monday night, April 27, 2015, and concludes on Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 2015.
When does the “early bird” rate end?
The early registration rate of $399 will end on March 31. Beginning on April 1, the cost to attend the conference will be $499. The academic registration rate will remain $99.
What is the cost of attending the Vectorworks Design Summit?
The registration cost depends on when you register - the earlier, the better! The full conference rate is $399 before February 27, 2015, and $499 beginning February 28, 2015. Academic conference registration is $99. Academic identification is required to receive the academic conference rate. A copy of your identification should be emailed to designsummit@vectorworks.net .
How do I register?
Click here to register.
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. (EST) on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
  • 50% Return: Cancellations must be received between 12:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, March 9, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, April 5, 2015.
  • No refunds will be given after 12:00 a.m. (EST) on Monday, April 6, 2015.
Can I substitute my registration if I am unable to attend?
If you are unable to attend the 2015 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 by Friday, March 21, 2015. Substitution requests made after this date 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. Registrations for the Vectorworks Design Summit will close on April 24.
Are there special conference hotel rates?
Yes. You can take advantage of the special conference hotel rate at the Sofitel Philadelphia for $199/night.
How do I book a hotel for the Vectorworks Design Summit?
Visit the Sofitel's website to book your stay.
What is the hotel room cancellation policy?
No cancellation charge applies prior to 6:00 p.m. (local time), up to one day prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged.
Is the hotel stay included in the conference fee?
No. Conference fees do not include hotel accommodations. The conference fee includes all conference materials, sessions, entertainment, meals, and promotional items.
Where can I find information on Philadelphia?
Go to http://www.visitphilly.com/ to learn more about the host city.
Which airport is closest to Philadelphia?
The nearest and most convenient airport is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). It is a 20-minute drive to the Sofitel in downtown Philadelphia.
Is airfare included in my conference registration?
No. The conference fees do not include airfare or transportation costs. The conference fee includes all conference materials, sessions, entertainment, and promotional items.
What types of tracks and sessions can I expect?
More details on the keynote topics, general sessions, and breakout sessions will be coming soon. Make sure to check back often to see the full conference agenda online at www.vectorworks.net/design-summit .
Where can I find an agenda for the event?
A more detailed description of the general and breakout sessions will be coming soon. Make sure to check back often to see updates to speakers and sessions at www.vectorworks.net/design-summit .
Will there be additional training opportunities available?
Yes. There is an option for training sessions on Monday, April 27. Anyone registered for the event can sign up to attend the optional training sessions as part of the registration process. Availability will be limited, so be sure to 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 recommend that attendees dress business casual for both the meetings and nighttime events.
Is this event open to members of the press?
Yes. Qualified journalists wishing to cover the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit must apply for media credentials. Please email Director of Content Marketing and Communications Julie McClure at jmcclure@vectorworks.net to confirm your credentials, receive a complementary ticket, and inquire about scheduling interviews while at the Summit.
What if I still have unanswered questions about the Vectorworks Design Summit?