Reimagine Your Workflow

3 LU | 1 HSW

Let industry experts take you from simple sketch to implementing powerful BIM tools as part of your design process. Our award-winning BIM Camp program - a four-hour intensive workshop - provides you with essential background and practical applications to place building information modeling at the heart of your creative process.

Why Attend

  • From Architects, for Architects: Benefit from real-world BIM expertise.
  • Keep Your Creative Edge: Get inspired by industry thought leadership and best practices.
  • Build Your Network: Connect with other architects and designers during educational sessions, lunch, and evening activities.
  • Meet Your Licensing Requirements: Earn 3 AIA LU's and 1 HSW credit.

Session Details

Dramatic advances in computer technology allow designers to explore new ideas and complex forms of expression. For this reason, Building Information Modeling, or BIM, becomes a natural extension of the design process. In the past there has been a separation between designing and the creation of a BIM model, which often complicates transitioning sketches and ideas into a BIM workflow. This presentation will examine a variety of technologies to help designers move their ideas into reality. We will examine the process of design-focused architects and how their approaches can be applied to a project.

  • Understand how design-focused architects use new technologies
  • Learn how BIM is a natural extension of the design process
  • Understand the limitations and potential of BIM technology
  • Learn how to breakdown the barriers perceived by people when using BIM

The profession of architecture is evolving beyond traditional boundaries, becoming more complex as new technologies influence the design process. Those within the profession and those engaged with the intricacies of building construction understand that there is a broader scope to an architect’s activities than merely creating the drawings used to dictate the form that a structure ultimately takes. These associated duties often include feasibility studies, programming, code compliance, consensus making, construction phasing, and general oversight of the entire process right up until the day the keys to a new building are turned over to the owner. Some designers even extend their influence into facilities management. Architects prefer to follow their own workflow, adapting to the unique needs of their clients, locations, and projects types. Despite these differences, there is one thing that all design professionals have in common: they engage in a process for the benefit of their clients that brings together other professionals, building trades, construction materials, and life-safety interests while managing the complexity of a functioning facility. Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides a powerful organizational framework for managing all the tasks associated with building beautiful, useful, and efficient structures. However, learning the capabilities and sequencing of BIM workflows can seem like a daunting task. In reality, successful BIM implementation is primarily a matter of understanding some basic rules and the principles behind the efficient sharing of information.

  • Investigate building information modeling (BIM ) and the creative design process as part of the same overall workflow of building design and construction rather than separate actions.
  • Recognize BIM as a process, not simply a software program, which can be used to improve the design and safety of buildings.
  • Assess the ways other building designers are embracing a BIM workflow and incorporating BIM as an integral part of the design and construction process.
  • Differentiate between a traditional 2D documentation process and a 3D building information modeling workflow.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a tool for managing all the tasks associated with documenting and building beautiful and efficient structures. While learning the capabilities and sequencing of BIM workflows can seem like a daunting task, successful BIM implementation is a matter of understanding some basic rules and principles behind the extraction and sharing of information. Through the use of BIM applications such as Vectorworks software, architects will be able to apply these rules and principles to the documentation of their designs. This workshop will lead you through a workflow to create an information model for design, analysis, and documentation within Vectorworks software.

  • Recognize the differences between general CAD drafting and 3D BIM modeling by understanding how to apply and extract data and information from the model.
  • Summarize the types of analysis and collaboration that can be executed with the data and geometry of a BIM model.
  • Identify how to create construction documents and other documentation deliverables from a BIM model.
  • Carry out 3D modeling and understand the strategies needed for successful adoption of a streamlined BIM workflow.

Upcoming BIM Camps

Los Angeles, CA | TBD
AIA Los Angeles
Boston, MA | Oct. 06
Boston Society of Architects
New York, NY | Oct. 08
AIA NY / Center for Architecture
New Orleans, LA | Nov. 10
AIA New Orleans
Chicago, IL | Nov. 28
AIA Chicago
San Francisco, CA | Dec. 10
AIA San Francisco
Washington, DC | Jan. 15
District Architecture Center


Tickets are $25. All proceeds from BIM Camp go to the Vectorworks Design Scholarship, an international design competition that supports the next generation of creative visionaries.

Questions? Email or call 800-413-0934.


Meet this year's industry experts and featured speakers:

Steve Alden, AIA, NCARB

Steve Alden, AIA, NCARB, Architect and U.S. Sales and Marketing Director - Vectorworks, Inc.

Steve is in charge of exploring concepts that reveal how state-of-the-art software enhances productivity while still allowing great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration, and discovery. He believes that being an artist and remaining creative play a crucial role in all facets of the design process, from predesign, through execution, realization, and experience of the final work. He therefore works to ensure that Vectorworks software supports the creative process and remains a best-in-class design package.

Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA

Rubina Siddiqui, Assoc. AIA, Senior Product Specialist – BIM Solutions - 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 improves with Open BIM. She’s also worked as both a project architect and a BIM manager for firms, focusing on institutional projects such as schools.

Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA

Wes Gardner, Assoc. AIA, Architectural Industry Specialist - Vectorworks, Inc.

Wes utilizes his BIM expertise, architectural intelligence, and professional experience  to advise the Vectorworks Product Development team, as well as support the U.S. 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 successfully deliver projects while utilizing BIM workflows. He also works directly with the Vectorworks user community to encourage the adoption of BIM to maximize productivity and efficiency.

Additional Learning Materials

Below is a compilation of presentations, materials, and links to help support and enhance your workflows. You'll find the Vectorworks files discussed at BIM Camp, powerpoint presentations,  manufacturer content, and links to works by other architects spearheading the use of BIM in their own firms.


Door-Frame_Type_Legend .vwx  |  Door-Frame_Type_Legend.pdf


Sharing_Your_Model_with_IFC .pdf

Tutorial_Levels_Layers_Stories_Progress_File.vwx  |  Tutorial_for_Levels_Layers_Stories.pdf

Two_Way_Finish_Schedule.vwx  |  Two_Way_Finish_Schedule.pdf

Further Reading: 

BIM Design: Realising the Creative Potential of Building Information Modelling - Richard Garber 

BIM in Small-Scale Sustainable Design - François Levy

BIM and Integrated Design: Strategies for Architectural Practice - Randy Deutsch, AIA, LEED-AP

Building Information Modeling: BIM In Current and Future Practice - Karen M Kensek & Douglas E Noble