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  1. Nemetschek Vectorworks to Preview Future Capabilities to Help Designers Stay Creative at AIA Convention 2015 Graphical scripting, energy modeling and project sharing among features shared, Cloud Services 3.5 and Remote App 1.1 also announced Columbia, MD (May 14, 2015)—Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a global developer of software for design visionaries, will preview upcoming capabilities in its Vectorworks® Architect 2016 release planned for later this fall at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention 2015, which begins today in Atlanta. Attendees can visit booth #3181 to learn how features such as , and will enhance designers' abilities to stay creative and enable great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery. They can also talk to booth personnel about the current version of Architect software, as well as today's release of the company's Vectorworks Cloud Services 3.5 and Remote Application 1.1, which enhance mobile workflows. "The continuous feedback we receive from users shapes the Vectorworks product line. Advances stem from those conversations coupled with our business approach as a company inspired by design to provide the capabilities today's visionaries require to be creative," said Jeremy Powell, director of product marketing at Nemetschek Vectorworks. "The cloud and mobile improvements we are adding, along with new features, further support users as they break down location barriers and work to their fullest aptitude – no matter where they work or how they prefer to design." Already, Vectorworks Architect software provides designers with the flexibly to design in 2D or 3D. Built-in BIM capabilities offer added functionality to streamline costs, analyze materials and increase energy efficiency while staying true to a design concept. AIA Convention attendees can speak with engineers and industry experts at booth #3181 to learn about new capabilities premiering in the next release of Architect, such as: • Marionette: As the first and only cross-platform graphical scripting environment available in a BIM authoring tool, Marionette lets Vectorworks Architect users create complex design variations and intelligent parametric objects in a Python-based environment. • Energos: Vectorworks Architect users can make critical performance decisions based on real-time feedback directly in their models with Energos, the only BIM authoring tool that uses the highly respected Passivhaus calculation method to create building energy use analysis results. • Project Sharing: Design teams will be able to work concurrently in the same Vectorworks file using
a multi-user environment to streamline project workflows, enhance collaboration and document designs. In addition to previewing future technology, convention attendees can also learn about the latest Cloud Services and Remote App releases from Nemetschek Vectorworks. Vectorworks Cloud Services 3.5 continues to help users share files and make design decisions from any location. Changes to a Vectorworks file automatically synchronize to designers' private cloud storage, allowing them to browse, mark up and share their latest designs from any web-enabled device. With 3.5, designers can now: • Utilize independently controlled settings for file upload and file processing. New settings are cloud server-based, so users can set the frequency and time of day for automatic processing and uploading of PDFs to the cloud, representing the latest version of a design. • Be notified of features and service updates through a new Announcements tab. • Benefit from a more stable and up-to-date experience because updated cloud servers now run Vectorworks 2015 Service Pack 3. • Gain more control over 3D views of the model with new layer visibility settings in the Vectorworks Nomad mobile app. Cloud Services 3.5 is exclusive to Vectorworks Service Select members, but all Vectorworks users can take advantage of the Vectorworks Remote App, which allows designers to use their mobile device like a remote to view, navigate and present designs without having to be at their desktops. The new Remote 1.1 marks the first release of Vectorworks Remote on Android, and it is available in English. "We encourage AIA attendees to visit our booth to see the full capabilities of Vectorworks software, explore future technologies and learn how our Cloud Services updates can help them work more efficiently," said Powell.
  2. Nemetschek Vectorworks Experiences Rapid Growth in the United Kingdom NBS National BIM Report reveals Vectorworks Architect is the most popular software Columbia, MD (May 12, 2015)—According to results from the fifth annual NBS National BIM Report 2015, Vectorworks® Architect is the most popular software in the United Kingdom with 29 percent of respondents reporting that they use the solution from global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. for designing with a BIM workflow. This announcement comes on the heels of quantifiable growth for Nemetschek Vectorworks in the U.K. market. With a legal mandate requiring BIM deliverables for significantly sized, government-funded projects in the U.K. by 2016, Vectorworks Architect's BIM capabilities have positioned it as a leader in the architectural industry. "We've witnessed a rapid and widespread adoption of BIM workflows from our customers, and we're committed to further enhancing our software's capabilities as a BIM tool and promoting BIM workflows that are collaborative and free from the constraints of any single tool or vendor's platform," said Sean Flaherty, CEO at Nemetschek Vectorworks. Sales across the Vectorworks family of design software, which includes Architect, as well as Designer, Landmark, Spotlight and Renderworks®, have doubled in the U.K. over the past five years, with over 8,700 new designers choosing the platform as their design solution over the same time period. In addition, as the 2016 mandate draws closer, more architects are utilizing Vectorworks software, creating a 44 percent increase in new U.K. users in 2014. "Taking advantage of BIM is an opportunity for Vectorworks Architect users to add value to the design creativity they already lend to a project, as well as work more efficiently and collaboratively across disciplines," Flaherty said. Two designers who rely on Vectorworks as a BIM solution support Flaherty's claim. "We are using 3D modeling from the outset on most projects now," said Robert O'Leary of O'LearyGoss Architects, a 12-person firm in Bristol, U.K. that uses Vectorworks Architect for residential development, healthcare and community design. "Modeling allows us to examine design solutions in context ourselves… We also enjoy less risk of errors between different drawing types… and the ease of generating plan sections and elevations once a change is made." Luke Bray of Axiom Architects, a firm spread across several offices in the U.K., added, "Whilst we are only taking our first few steps into the world of BIM, Vectorworks' BIM capabilities have allowed us to progress fairly smoothly from our previous 2D working into 3D without the need to learn new software packages or suffer problems of compatibility moving from one CAD platform to another." Axiom Architects' 35 employees focus on the hotel and leisure, commercial, residential and education sectors.
  3. You work hard to turn your creative visions into reality, and we want to help you share these inspired designs with the world. That’s why we’re sponsoring the 2016 Archipendium calendar: a daily tear-off calendar that dedicates each day to a project that exemplifies the best of contemporary architecture. Each project featured in the calendar includes a photo, a drawing or model, and a short description about how the design helped to transform the world. The submission process takes only a few minutes, and anyone can submit a project for consideration. (Overachievers can even submit multiple projects!) Submissions should be of constructed projects, primarily. Your peers have already started sending in their designs, and the selection process is competitive, so be sure to send in your entry quickly. We’ll even send you a copy of the calendar if your project is selected. The deadline for submission is April 10, so apply soon for a chance to have your project get its day in the sun. Archipendium Submission Form
  4. Nemetschek Vectorworks to Present Second ‘Business of Creativity’ Episode on March 18 Architects Steve Alden, Dylan Chappell, Michael Timcheck and Ali Honarkar Will Explore Creativity in the Architectural Realm Whether making decisions about which projects to accept, driving a design's evolution or delivering an imaginative solution, architects must balance it all while ensuring creativity remains central to everything they do. Global design software developer Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is therefore bringing together a group of architects in its second installment of the Business of Creativity video series to discuss “Staying Creative In Your Firm.” Prior to the premier of the video on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EDT, registered participants will receive an email detailing how they can view the discussion. Architect Steve Alden, AIA, Nemetschek Vectorworks, will lead the creativity discussion with additional panelists including: · Dylan Chappell, AIA, Dylan Chappell Architects in Santa Barbara, California · Ali Honarkar, Division1 Architects in Washington, District of Columbia · Michael Timchek, AIA, The M Group Architects & Interior Architects in Reston, Virginia During the discussion Chappell, Honarkar and Timchek will answer questions such as “How do you keep your creative edge?”, “What do you see as the future of design?” and “What challenges have you faced?” “Designers are faced with many limitations that can impact creativity, including budget constraints, differences in vision among staff or clients and more,” Alden said. “The Business of Creativity series provides an open platform for today's visionaries to offer their varying perspectives on how they address such challenges and the many ways designers can channel creativity into their projects and run a profitable business.” Register for the “Staying Creative in Your Firm” discussion here. Viewers are also encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter by following the #DiscussDesign hashtag and adding their own comments to the dialogue. Watch the first Business of Creativity discussion that explored what it means to be visionary and how flexible workflows help designers discover new ways to imagine and construct their projects. From small firms to large, the panel of practitioners in this fall 2014 episode discussed what was important to them and offered insights into staying ahead of the competition. For more information about the Business of Creativity video series and to stay updated about future topics, email usmarketing@vectorworks.net or call 800-413-0935.
  5. Nemetschek Vectorworks Announces Dates for 2015 Art in Architecture Webinars Continuing Education Webinar Series Offers Opportunities to Earn AIA LUs Columbia, MD (March 5, 2015)—Great architecture is influenced not only by a designer’s creative visions but also by the social, economic, political and technological advancements of their time period. That’s why Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is excited to announce the next episodes of its Art in Architecture webinar series, a Continuing Education program that explores great movements in the history of design through the lens of some of the world’s most celebrated designers. “This webinar series is more than just an art history course. It puts architecture into context by examining the world in which it was built,” says series host Steve Alden, AIA, architect at Nemetschek Vectorworks. “And by learning how the past impacts design, everybody watching can perhaps find some inspiration for their next project.” Following each Art in Architecture webinar, viewers can choose to take an associated Continuing Education quiz to receive 1 Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Learn more about upcoming episodes below: • March 12, 2:00 p.m. EDT: “Atomic Architecture in America: 1945-1965” For two decades after the end of World War II, experimentation in architecture and design led to the creation of a stylistic lexicon where structures defied gravity, cars flew and buildings resembled lunar landers. Learn about architects and designers like William Pereira, Albert Frey and many others, as well as the influence of the atomic age on creativity. Register for this free webinar at http://www3.vectorworks.net/AtomicArchitecture. • May 14, 2:00 p.m. EDT: “Four Japanese Architects You Should Know: Kenzō Tange, Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito and Tadao Ando” These four architects share a cultural heritage that views the built environment through a distinct lens, placing high value on emotion, experience, introspection and harmony. Discover how Japan’s long history has shaped the philosophy and creative output of these architects and how their personal journeys unfold in unexpected ways. • July 9, 2:00 p.m. EDT: “The Art Nouveau Movement and its Influence on Architecture: Victor Horta and Charles Rennie Mackintosh” This webinar looks at the lives and legacies of two Art Nouveau masters. While distinctly different in their responses to the Arts and Crafts movement, both Horta and Mackintosh made important contributions to European architecture that are universally acknowledged. For more information about the Art in Architecture webinar series and to stay updated about future topics, email usmarketing@vectorworks.net.
  6. BOGDAN & VAN BROECK's Leo Van Broeck and McGregor Coxall's Adrian McGregor to Keynote Vectorworks Design Summit in Philadelphia Conference Examines How Architecture, Landscape and Entertainment Design Visionaries Transform the World with Vectorworks Software Columbia, MD (March 4, 2015)—Designers who dream of transforming the world are invited to join a community of visionaries at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit on April 27-29 at the Sofitel Hotel in Philadelphia, PA. The event features breakout sessions by leaders in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, as well as opportunities to network with Vectorworks® software engineers, power users, third-party partners and other professionals during educational sessions, meals and evening events. Registration is now open at www.vectorworks.net/design-summit. "Every day, designers choose Vectorworks because it’s a tool that allows great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery," says Nemetschek Vectorworks' Chief Marketing Officer Stewart Rom. "The Design Summit will provide a gathering point for our community of users to generate new energy for upcoming projects, sharpen their vision and share pioneering designs. I hope attendees leave the event feeling moved to continue creating unexpected and exciting design solutions." Keynote Speakers The Vectorworks Design Summit begins Monday, April 27 with optional, pre-conference training in Vectorworks software and a welcome dinner. Tuesday's schedule opens with a presentation by CEO Sean Flaherty, who will discuss how Nemetschek Vectorworks supports the creative process and helps designers in their journey toward working smarter and more efficiently. Flaherty's presentation will be followed by an inspirational keynote message from design visionary Leo Van Broeck, a founding partner of BOGDAN & VAN BROECK in Belgium. Van Broeck will share his theory that the design of attractive, dense and high-quality urban areas is a catalyst for changing how much space people think they need to lead enjoyable and meaningful lives, and how that belief has led to his active participation in the promotion of spatial quality and awareness, the domain of urban density and optimal land use. Nemetschek Vectorworks' Chief Technology Officer Dr. Biplab Sarkar will open Wednesday's sessions with a keynote address, providing unprecedented development insight into the Vectorworks line of CAD and BIM design solutions, including features that will be in Vectorworks 2016. Adrian McGregor, FAILA, RLA, MAIH, MPIA, managing director of Australian landscape architecture and urban design firm McGregor Coxall, is Wednesday's Closing Speaker. McGregor transforms public spaces across the world into living, breathing works. His firm has completed work in six nations, focusing on sustainable design in the public domain and urban settings, going beyond the reduction of environmental damage and using regenerative approaches to actively advance each site’s ecology. McGregor has been recognized for his work in sustainable design, as well as in mediation, helping communities, authorities and developers to work together to create better-informed designs. Breakouts and Expo Hall Confirmed breakout session speakers at the Design Summit represent firms and industry partners including ROJO Architects, MORRIS, Holcombe Norton Partners, Inc., Exhibit Logic, LEVENBETTS, The Small Group, Bluebeam Software, Architecture Is Fun and more. Sessions will examine a wide range of topics from communicating design ideas, moving from 2D to 3D and using smart CAD tools for sustainable site design to utilizing Vectorworks as a BIM tool and rendering for success. Vectorworks engineers and product experts, as well as third party partners like MAXON Computer, Asite and Synchro Software, will also provide product training and answer attendee questions in the Design Summit’s Expo Hall. For the academic community, a student track offers tips on what design firms look for when hiring and University of Pennsylvania graduate student Diego Bermudez shares how he turned a school project into $10,000 as the winner of the 2014 Richard Diehl Award and Vectorworks Design Scholarship. There will also be speakers representing Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Philadelphia University. Register by March 31 to Save The early-bird registration fee is $399 and expires March 31. Beginning April 1, registration is $499. There is an academic rate for students and instructors of $99 and credentialed press can attend for free. Attendees can also enjoy a discounted room rate at the Sofitel Hotel, the location of all conference activities except the evening events, situated only minutes from Philadelphia’s historic attractions. Visit www.vectorworks.net/design-summit to view the growing list of speakers, sessions and events, and to register online.
  7. Seventh Edition of Popular Training Guide is Now Available for Vectorworks 2015 Software Users Columbia, Maryland (February 5, 2015)— Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. is releasing expert trainer Jonathan Pickup’s Vectorworks Essentials Tutorial Manual, now in its seventh edition. The book supports the new capabilities of Vectorworks® 2015 software and helps users gain a firm understanding of the basic tools, features and commands found in the Vectorworks line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions. Pickup’s manual provides a streamlined and efficient approach to training, breaking down the process into three simple steps: read a section, watch a video and try a tutorial. Each step increases the reader’s capabilities, and many designers who say they thought the initial tutorials were easy find that the text’s evolution truly helps them to learn over time. “Jonathan’s teaching methods, as typified in his Essentials Tutorial Manual, are superb, and his manner of explaining techniques, tasks and tools is wonderfully clear, concise and well illustrated,” says Neil Barmen, Intern Architect, AIBC LEED AP. “Following along with the lessons in the manual guided me to build up my Vectorworks skills with ease. This manual is perhaps the single best resource available for developing a solid foundation with the application.” The book covers everything from using the Vectorworks interface and basic tool options to organizing information and creating worksheets, which Pickup says is one of the most powerful features of the software. Pickup also covers the new ways that users can draw with objects in Vectorworks, which saves time for those who were previously drawing with lines and arcs. The tutorial comes in both imperial and metric versions and can operate on either Windows or Mac operating systems. This book is a part of Nemetschek Vectorworks’ self-paced training options. For more information and to purchase this $75 tutorial, please visit www.vectorworks.net/training/guides.php. About Jonathan Pickup Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and the United Kingdom with more than 25 years of experience. He received his bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Auckland. He later spent more than eight years in England, where he learned to use several CAD packages, including MiniCad, and began teaching this forerunner of Vectorworks software. Upon returning to New Zealand in 1997, he established Archoncad, a Vectorworks training and consulting company. He has written several Vectorworks training manuals for architects, landscape architects, educators and design students. He also organizes the New Zealand Vectorworks User Group and provides its main direction.
  8. Students and Emerging Professionals Can Attend PLANET Student Career Days, USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo or LAbash2015 for Free Columbia, Md. (January 21, 2015)—Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., a provider of intuitive, powerful and practical 2D/3D and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solutions, is awarding conference passes and hotel stays to students and emerging professionals who enter its Conference Pass Giveaway program. While there will be several opportunities to win throughout the year, the company will launch the 2015 promotion by selecting three winners to attend 2015 PLANET Student Career Days, USITT’s Annual Conference & Stage Expo 2015 or LAbash2015. Nemetschek Vectorworks will exhibit its Vectorworks® line of design solutions at all three events. “For students trying to break into the professional world, networking and exposure are everything,” says Nemetschek Vectorworks Chief Marketing Officer Stewart Rom. “That’s why we’re committed to programs and partnerships that enable student achievement. Whether gathering information to improve a thesis, gaining confidence about their career choices or simply propelling their skills forward, winners benefit from the chance to learn about new and exciting things happening in their field and network with leading industry professionals.” The contest is open to current undergraduate students or emerging professionals who graduated in 2010 or later. Entrants must be at least 18 years old and complete an entry form and short essay at www.vectorworks.net/conference-pass. They must also “like” Vectorworks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Vectorworks. Submissions are due by Feb. 2, 2015. Winners will be selected based on the creativity of their entries and be notified by email on Feb. 6, 2015. Prize packages include a free conference pass and hotel room for the length of the chosen conference. Bookmark www.vectorworks.net/conference-pass to stay informed about additional opportunities to win conference passes and hotel stays throughout 2015, and learn more about Nemetschek Vectorworks’ academic initiatives, including free student software downloads, at www.vectorworks.net/education. # # #
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