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  1. Brian Nicholson, senior landscape product specialist at global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc., has passed the Sustainable SITES Initiative accredited professional exam. Nicholson is among the first group of SITES Accredited Professionals (APs) to pass the exam and receive the resulting designation. First announced at the October 2016 ASLA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the SITES AP exam uses the expertise of leading practitioners to assess a candidate’s competency in sustainable landscape design and development. For landscape professionals who successfully pass the exam, this new designation allows them to exhibit their knowledge and commitment to the profession, promote the value of landscape architecture and educate the public about how SITES can play a role in a more sustainable and healthy environment. The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) is the first program of its kind to offer a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define thoughtful land development and management. SITES aligns land development and management with innovative design—defining what a sustainable site is and, ultimately, elevating the value of landscapes in the built environment. Land is a crucial component of the built environment and can be planned, designed, developed and maintained to protect and enhance the benefits we derive from healthy functioning landscapes. The four overarching goals of the SITES rating system are to create regenerative systems and foster resiliency; ensure future source supply and mitigate climate change; transform the market through design, development and maintenance practices; and enhance human wellbeing and strengthen the community. “It’s an honor to be in the first cohort of landscape professionals to earn this important and distinguished credential,” said Nicholson. “Being a newly minted SITES AP, I’m looking forward to developing tools and workflows within Vectorworks to help streamline SITES documentation on projects for landscape architects.” In addition to earning the SITES AP designation, Nicholson is a professional landscape architect, maintaining licenses in multiple jurisdictions and is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) and LEED accredited professional. He also serves as the ASLA Colorado chapter president, where he develops value-added programs for members and advocates for the chapter at the national level. Since their release, Vectorworks product specialists have worked with users to recognize and facilitate design workflows that adhere to the design and performance standards set forth in LEED and SITES. With Nicholson becoming an accredited professional for both rating systems, those using Vectorworks® Landmark software for their own site design projects will continue to see more SITES supported features and workflows to ensure their project documents meet or exceed these standards. For more information about Sustainable AP, visit http://www.sustainablesites.org/sites-ap.
  2. Finalizing the agenda for the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit, organizer and global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is announcing Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar and Brad Cloepfil, founding principal, AIA, NCARB of Allied Works Architecture as the keynote speakers. Hosted from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel in Maryland, the conference includes more than 70 hours of ROI-driven industry training on trends and tools, several networking events to help attendees make beneficial connections for their careers, as well as one-on-one face time with training and support staff. The first keynote, led by Sarkar, takes place on day two of the conference, September 19, at 9 a.m. ET. The keynote will include an introduction from Sarkar about the latest features in Vectorworks 2018, scheduled for release this fall. Additionally, customers will come on stage and share how Vectorworks software empowers their business to succeed. On day three, September 20, at 9 a.m. ET, Cloepfil will kick off the second keynote, “Applied Arts,” highlighting Allied Works Architecture’s design process through innovative case studies. Architect, educator and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs, forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside of architecture — ranging from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple, yet profound gestures of land and installation artists. His approach to design combines an intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of architecture’s transformative possibilities. “I hope attendees leave my keynote feeling inspired to explore the craft of making, whether they’re designing anything from buildings, landscapes or stage designs to plates, tables or perfume bottles,” said Cloepfil. “Although, this passion for making would be nothing without the means to do the job — tools like Vectorworks software that allow designers to explore and document innovative projects.” Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his native Portland, Oregon in 1994 and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, he holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and he has taught and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe. Allied Works Architecture is widely acclaimed for their arts and cultural projects. For the past 14 years, they’ve been using Vectorworks software on some of their most prestigious projects, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus, Ohio; and the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary. The firm’s varied and rigorous design process ultimately comes to rest through the clarity of the drawing. Vectorworks’ team has worked as a partner to provide the best available digital modeling, scripting and rendering software, allowing Allied Works Architecture to maintain the forgotten power of the well-drafted sheet through a unique, drawing-like drafting environment. As part of the schedule’s finalization, the early bird special for registration has been extended until June 7, 2017. Interested participants should register now to ensure $100 in savings. To see the full schedule for the conference, visit www.vectorworks.net/design-summit#Schedule. Press can register and attend the Design Summit for free by emailing Vectorworks’ Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at Lmeyer@vectorworks.net. Join the Summit conversation by using #VectorworksDesignSummit on social media.
  3. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is building upon its partnership with the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) to offer a second AIACC BIM Software Member Value Program, running from June 1 to June 30, 2017. After the initial program launch in November 2016 the special is running again to help connect emerging and start-up architecture firms to software that supports their entire design process. "We're passionate about helping young and emerging architects further their competitive advantage by providing an unbeatable offer to obtain Vectorworks® software, which provides powerful and intuitive tools tuned for the unique challenges faced in the design process of all architectural projects," said Mark Hewick, U.S. director of sales at Vectorworks. “The discounted offer isn’t the only benefit to these individuals because we also offer perpetual licenses.” Specifically, the Member Value Program offers a 35 percent discount to the 11,000 AIACC members on Vectorworks Architect licenses for new users. Architect software will cost $1,914.25, saving new users $1,030.75. AIACC will host an introductory webinar on Thursday, June 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET that will provide a program overview, feature AIACC members currently using Vectorworks, technical information and more details for members about how to access this opportunity. Register for the webinar here. Those unable to make the live airing of the webinar should still register to receive the recording afterwards. Vectorworks Architect is an industry-leading architectural design and BIM software that enables designers to tackle complex ideas in 2D and 3D, refine construction details, explore a project’s energy efficiency and streamline costs. As a flexible BIM tool connected with its 14 sister brands from the Nemetschek group, Architect empowers designers to plug into today’s BIM processes while keeping their focus on great design. To learn more about transitioning to Vectorworks software, register for the upcoming Getting Started Seminar on May 31, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Everyone participating in the Member Value Program can attend the seminar for free. To take advantage of the AIACC BIM Software Member Value Program, visit vectorworks.net/aiacc to sign up and receive the offer. Current users should call 888-646-4223 or email sales@vectorworks.net to learn more about what discounts may apply to them.
  4. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces version 2.5 of the pedestrian simulation software add on for Vectorworks 2017 software, SimTread. Created by Japanese Vectorworks distributor A&A Co., Ltd. in partnership with Waseda University and Takenaka Corporation, SimTread helps in simulating and analyzing a variety of crowd control needs, such as evaluating evacuation times, building egress and traffic flow. Updates for this version include improvements for video export quality and a more detailed analysis that offers the ability to efficiently add time-dependent events like evacuations, as well as account for different occupants, such as individuals in wheelchairs. As a flow-analysis tool, SimTread helps those working in disaster preparedness, public safety, facilities management, as well as event, municipal or campus planning. SimTread can assist in and optimizes a design’s circulation pattern – whether directing the slow meandering of people through an art museum or expediting the exit of tens of thousands of people from a football stadium. “We’re always looking for new ways to help designers work more efficiently by putting the information they need at their fingertips,” said Jeremy Powell, senior marketing director at Vectorworks. “Updates for this SimTread version will improve productivity for the design and planning of pedestrian flow and evacuation safety.” Updates for the latest SimTread release include: · Improved plot tracking, which provides a more in-depth analysis by enabling the ability to plot and display the specified path occupants take to reach their destinations. · The new Show/Select SimTread Object command helps users save time by showing or selecting all instances of specified SimTread object types. · The duplicate transfer points update provides a command that streamlines the creation of a simulation of a multi-story building by allowing the replication of transfer points at stairwells. · Enhanced anti-aliasing and H264 video codec parameters for higher-quality video output. “SimTread helps designers make better, more data-driven decisions when it comes to optimizing their layouts for crowd flow and safety,” said Dr. Takeshi Kimura, manager of product development at A&A. “As such, we continually work to improve the capabilities of SimTread based on customer feedback and provide Vectorworks users the best tool possible.” To purchase SimTread, or learn more, visit our partner page at vectorworks.net/simtread.
  5. As part of the continued effort to help international designers take on projects across industries, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is welcoming First Star Computer as the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Vectorworks software distributor. With Vectorworks® Architect, First Star Computer adds the leading cross-platform BIM product to its portfolio, along with the rest of the product line, including Landmark, Spotlight, Designer, Fundamentals and Vision. “With the dedicated team at First Star Computer and their years of experience, we know that they will help us to reach new audiences, while providing top-quality support for our existing community of designers in the UAE,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. With more than 12 years of experience in the CAD industry, First Star Computer has a team of expert engineers who currently develop and provide 2D drafting and 3D modeling solutions for sectors in the UAE, such as engineering, construction and infrastructure. Additionally, First Star Computer serves more than 2,500 building construction and design companies with more than 10 resellers in the UAE. “The UAE is a powerhouse in numerous areas, including construction, infrastructure, real estate and media, which, alongside its strong economy, provide an invaluable opportunity,” said Business Development Director Houssien Nassr, who started with the company as a partner in 2004. “Thus, the collaboration between First Star Computer and Vectorworks was natural, as Vectorworks provides the best-in-class 2D/3D design and BIM tools that are used in many interdisciplinary fields and can solve many technical issues in the fields of architecture and design.” To purchase Vectorworks through First Star Computer, visit caduae.com. Those outside the UAE can find their local distributor at vectorworks.net/international.
  6. During the AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 in Orlando, Florida from April 27-April 29, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. will be at booth 2863 in the Software & Technology Pavilion. Vectorworks will offer personalized Vectorworks Architect software demos and presentations on features that enable designers to complete any project in any phase of design. Upcoming immersive technologies will also be previewed. Vectorworks Architect is an industry-leading architectural design and BIM software that helps connect the entire design process from concept to construction in one platform. From 2D drafting and 3D modeling to creating coordinated construction documents and fully developed BIM models, Vectorworks Architect’s broad set of design and BIM capabilities allow architects to do more than just information modeling, while increasing productivity and unlocking creativity. With Vectorworks, designers can take on a project of any scale, from urban planning, high-rise buildings, to interior renovations and fit outs. “Depending on the types of projects or the phase of design, an architect’s workflow can vary greatly,” said Dan Monaghan, vice president of marketing at Vectorworks. “This can lead architects to use many different software programs to get jobs out the door. Although BIM is essential in today’s processes, the truth is, as an architect you need more than BIM, and Vectorworks offers more.” Furthermore, Vectorworks Architect has the largest number of import and export capabilities in the industry, allowing designers to seamlessly collaborate and share with everyone involved in the design process. During AIA, attendees can take an in-depth look at Vectorworks Architect by scheduling a personalized demo. Specifically, there will be demo stations of 3D laser scanning, advanced 3D modeling tools, virtual reality and BIM. DEMOS There will be three new immersive technologies in the years to come that will offer new ways to view and present models to better sell clients. Demos for the following will take place at the show: -Previously introduced with Vectorworks 2017 in September of 2016, web view and virtual reality will receive substantial usability and visual improvements, such as ambient occlusion. -Using panorama capabilities, designers and clients may experience the model in wide immersive view. -Using an iOS® or Android™ mobile device and a 2D floor plan, designers may benefit from Augmented Reality technology to view a 3D, virtual version of their model on top of their plan. Email Vectorworks’ Senior Marketing Program Coordinator Samantha Link at Slink@vectorworks.net to schedule a demo of these technologies during AIA. VECTORWORKS’PRESENTATION SCHEDULE All presentations will take place at Vectorworks’ booth #2863. Thursday, April 27 From Laser Scan to Model: 11:00 AM Next Gen 3D Modeling: 2:00 PM How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand: 2:30 PM Teamwork: BIM Success with IFC Interoperability: 3:00 PM Friday, April 28 How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand:11:00 AM From Laser Scan to Model: 2:00 PM Next Gen 3D Modeling:2:30 PM Saturday, April 29 Next Gen 3D Modeling:10:00 AM How BIM and VR Go Hand in Hand:10:30 AM To learn more about Vectorworks Architect, visit the AIA booth 2863 or vectorworks.net/architect.
  7. In honor of Earth Day, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites local businesses in Howard County, Maryland to positively impact the community by participating in a cleanup. “Vectorworks software helps designers create beautiful, sustainable buildings, gardens, grounds, campuses, communities and more. As part of our company’s mission to transform the world through great design, we believe in taking care of our surroundings to ensure that they are sustained for the years to come,” said Tania Salgado-Nealous, vice president of human resources and operations at Vectorworks. “Earth Day is a great time to bring people together through the preservation of our environment, and that’s why we wanted to reach out to other businesses nearby, so we could work together for the betterment of the community.” The cleanup will take place on Thursday, April 20 at 11:00 a.m. and volunteers local to the area should meet at that time outside the main Vectorworks entrance at 7150 Riverwood Drive in Columbia, Maryland. Volunteers are free to join Vectorworks employees or coordinate a cleanup at a location of their choice. Following the 20-minute cleanup, volunteers can take advantage of a discounted lunch at Abby’s Market Café located at 7160 Riverwood Drive in Columbia, Maryland. As part of the initiative on April 20, Abby’s will offer all participants a 20 percent discount on their sandwiches, wraps and salads (excludes protein add-ons). To redeem this offer, volunteers must present a voucher provided by Vectorworks. Interested parties should RSVP by contacting Vectorworks Operations Coordinator Chelbee Johnson at cjohnson@vectorworks.net. Johnson will also help coordinate groups for cleanups taking place at locations other than the Vectorworks headquarters and issue electronic vouchers for the Abby’s discount. When preparing for the cleanup, volunteers should dress in comfortable, brightly colored clothing and bring trash bags and garden gloves. Finally, be sure to share photos of your volunteer efforts with @Vectorworks on Twitter so that we can send them to the Howard County Government’s Office of Environmental Sustainability’s LiveGreenHoward initiative, who spearheaded the #20minutecleanup. “We hope that companies in any location are motivated to coordinate their own cleanups in honor of Earth Day,” said Salgado-Nealous.
  8. Building upon the English release in September 2016, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the release of the Chinese version of its Vectorworks 2017 software line, which includes Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Fundamentals. Part of a worldwide rollout, the Chinese language is the final installment to join other languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. To demonstrate the new technology features of Vectorworks 2017, Mad Macs Technology Distributions Limited, the Vectorworks distributor in China, will host the following free events throughout April and May: Beijing: April 11, 2017 Shanghai: April 14, 2017 Ningbo: April 18, 2017 Hangzhou: April 21, 2017 Chengdu: April 26, 2017 Chongqing: April 28, 2017 Nanchang: May 11, 2017 Wuhan: May 13, 2017 Changsha: May 15, 2017 Guangzhou: May 17, 2017 Attendees of the launch events can enjoy free refreshments and will have the chance to win a free Vectorworks Fundamentals 2017 license. Space is limited and interested parties can register on the Chinese launch website. “We are committed to providing Chinese designers with tools that meet their growing needs,” said Cecil Fung, managing director of Mad Macs Technology Distributions, Ltd. “With Vectorworks 2017’s robust updates, we continue to put designers’ needs first, making it one of the top design and BIM solutions for the Chinese market.” Learn more about the 100-plus updates in Vectorworks 2017 by visiting vectorworks.cn. To purchase Vectorworks in your local language, find your regional distributor at vectorworks.net/international.
  9. Global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is announcing Braceworks, a new 3D Finite Element Analysis (FEA) add-on for Vectorworks Spotlight, at the Prolight + Sound 2017 conference from April 4 to April 7 at Vectorworks’ German distributor ComputerWorks GmBH’s booth E60, Hall 3.0. Braceworks provides design, production and rigging professionals with an easy way to gauge the performance of temporary structures under load to ensure safety and compliance with engineering codes and standards. By adding Braceworks into Spotlight, designers for the first time have a completely integrated entertainment modeling, analysis and documentation process. Braceworks will be available as an add-on to Spotlight with the Vectorworks 2018 release this fall, at which time pricing will be made available. “With today’s workflows, it’s difficult for entertainment professionals to quickly and accurately assess the safety of their designs,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. "Giving them access to structural analysis within their 3D design environment is a massive improvement for their workflows. It not only will save them time and effort, but make it much easier to quickly evaluate how design changes will impact a structure’s performance.” Developed in collaboration with DeerSoft GmbH, Braceworks analyzes complete 3D structural systems modeled in Spotlight. It supports point and distributed load types, straight and curved members, and multiple materials. The FEA enables static analysis with results displaying graphically on the model for easy reference. Braceworks also includes support for Eurocodes and upcoming ESTA standards, such as the E1.6. Furthermore, detailed calculation reports are automatically generated, and files can be exported as DTSV to be easily shared with structural engineers. “Globally, the safety of temporary truss structures has come under scrutiny, so entertainment designers are constantly adjusting to new regulations and standards,” explained Moritz Staffel, managing director of DeerSoft GmbH. “Braceworks makes it easy for professionals to certify the safety of their structures.” Those attending Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany from April 4 to April 7 can learn more about Braceworks at ComputerWorks’ booth E60, Hall 3.0. Additionally, designers can find out more by tweeting @Vectorworks. Media members can secure an interview about Braceworks by emailing Vectorworks Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at lmeyer@vectorworks.net.
  10. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. invites professionals, educators and students in the AEC, landscape and entertainment industries to attend the third annual Vectorworks Design Summit from September 18 to 20, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in MD. The conference includes three days of industry sessions, tech support, networking events and inspiring keynotes, as well as hands-on training opportunities to arm designers with the resources to improve their company’s bottom line. “The Vectorworks Design Summit is the most efficient and cost-effective way to obtain software training,” said Nicole Davison, vice president of sales at Vectorworks. “Based on feedback from our community of designers, this year’s event boasts even more lab-style training sessions and one-on-one tech support, along with multiple accredited speaking sessions by industry thought leaders. We’re always looking for more opportunities to make designers’ jobs easier and help them grow their skills.” The agenda includes plenty of networking events, like the exhibitor happy hour and the Customer Appreciation Dinner, as well as all the lunches and breaks between sessions. In addition, there will be two keynotes and more than 30 sessions led by industry experts, like Greg Henderson, founder of Arx Pax Labs, Inc.; Steve Shelley, president of Field Template LLC; Bryan Goff, director of design + sciences at Grey Leaf Design, Inc.; and Todd McCurdy, vice president at Huitt-Zollars. Session and training topics span a variety of areas, including: the basics of building information modeling (BIM), moving from 2D to 3D modeling, water-efficient landscape design, working with DWG files, graphical scripting, event design and more; multiple sessions will offer continuing education credits. Last year’s Design Summit received high marks from attendees, such as Chris Burgin of Axxis Inc., who said his favorite part of the Design Summit was, “learning tips to make my workflow faster, learning about upcoming and new features and meeting other people who are excited about Vectorworks.” Registration and other pricing details below: -Now until May 31, attendees can save $200 and register for $499, as well as take advantage of discounted rooms at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, the conference’s headquarters, for $199 per night. -Until April 30, there is a buy one, get one free special on registration. -From May 31 until August 8, admission for the event will increase to $599, and room rates will be $222 per night. -Post-August 9, registration will cost $699 with room rates at $222 per night. As part of Vectorworks’ commitment to supporting the academic community, students and professors can register from now until May 31 for just $49, or at any time after for $99. To see the full list of sessions and to register, please visit vectorworks.net/design-summit. Press can register for free by emailing Vectorworks’ Communications Manager Lauren Meyer at Lmeyer@vectorworks.net. Join the Summit conversation by following and engaging with #VectorworksDesignSummit.
  11. Today, global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. announces the Service Pack 3 (SP3) release for the 2017 line of products, which include Vectorworks® Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Designer and Vision. “Vectorworks 2017 was a monumental release for us, but we haven’t stopped working to make it the best design software available,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “This feature-heavy Service Pack 3 update reinforces our mission to develop user-friendly and adaptable software that achieves high-quality performance for the ever-changing needs of today’s professional design firms. What’s more, our service packs are a free added benefit to all customers.” SERVICE PACK 3 UPDATES IN VECTORWORKS 2017 The new productivity and performance enhancements in the SP3 release include the following: For a more productive 3D workflow and faster navigation, designers will benefit from improved capability with 3Dconnexion’s 3D mouse. Designers can make use of the 3D mouse and design with two hands for better workflow customization. Functionality on the Mac now aligns with that of Windows. Providing a greater level of control and consistency on Open BIM projects, the new IFC Data Mappings command ensures that IFC has been mapped before exporting to a BIM model. More than 13 times as many high-quality 3D plants from VBvisual are now available by default, at the time of use, enabling more efficient workflows and offering improved visualizations. With IFC symbol import, it’s now possible to instance symbol data, which reduces file import time and file size, therefore improving the overall file performance. When exporting sheet layers to DWG, only the visible objects are exported. This significantly improves the file size when exporting a small, cropped viewport from a large file. Overall performance improvements include but are not limited to the Vectorworks Graphics Module (VGM), structural member object, viewport data visualization and BCF Manager. SERVICE PACK 3 UPDATES IN VISION 2017 Since acquiring what was previously known as ESP Vision, Vectorworks has been committed to the continued development and improved performance of the Vision previsualization software. To this end, the Vision 2017 Service Pack 3 received performance improvements, notably to rendering quality and speed. “I must say, improvements are noticeable and as a customer that makes me happy,” said Gaspar Potcnik, a Vectorworks user, acknowledging the Vision updates. “The new render is much more user friendly.” Other new Vision updates with SP3 include: The new Export Video command allows designers to render out a movie of the currently rendered scene as a video file for improved sharing of design ideas with clients and colleagues Significantly faster file loading time Video capture devices can easily be customized for screen displays More realistic textured objects Current Vectorworks users can apply Service Pack 3 updates by running the “Check for Updates” command, and those purchasing a Vectorworks 2017 license after the Service Pack 3 release should double check that it was downloaded. Vision users can obtain the links to download Service Pack 3 updates by visiting the tech bulletin. To learn more about Vectorworks 2017 software, visit vectorworks.net/2017.
  12. Sponsoring awards at each of the eight regional festivals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. congratulates the up-and-coming entertainment design professionals, who were recognized for their work. “The KCACTF awards provide us a wonderful opportunity to continue our mission of empowering and supporting young designers to fuel the future of the industry,” said Alice Lowy, marketing programs director at Vectorworks. “We admired all of the winning projects, and can’t wait to support these students as they embark on their professional careers.” A national program organized to celebrate college theater in the United States since 1969, KCACTF helps students develop their creative and technical skills. To further KCACTF’s mission, the program hosts eight regional festivals for students offering workshops, discussions, scholarships and award programs. This year, Vectorworks donated a professional license of Vectorworks Spotlight software to a winner of the Design, Technology and Management category at each of these festivals. Entries were evaluated on quality, effectiveness, originality and visual presentation techniques. The festivals ran from January 3 to March 4, 2017. Congratulations to all the winners, listed below: · Region 1: James McLoughlin from Southern Connecticut State University for his sound design work on “The Boyfriend.” · Region 2: Emma Cummings from Slippery Rock University for her scenic design work on “Dark North” and “Hungry Jane.” · Region 3: Anna Janicek, a University of Wisconsin-Parkside graduate for her lighting design for “Hedda Gabler.” · Region 4: Bronwyn Teague from University of Southern Mississippi for her lighting design of “The Seagull.” · Region 5: Isaac Sawle, a Minnesota State University Mankato graduate, for his technical direction of “Frankenstein 1930.” · Region 6: Bradley Taylor from Oklahoma City University for his lighting design for “The Crucible.” · Region 7: Stephanie Lutz, Los Medanos Community College graduate, for her lighting design for “Project Serenity” by The Drama 52 Ensemble. · Region 8: Sabrina Michelle Reed of Scottsdale Community College for her realized scenic design for “Reeling,” and her theoretical scenic design for “Technicolor Life.” “Computer-aided drafting is a major component of my work as a technical director. It allows me to efficiently and accurately interpret scenic designs and generate shop drawings. It also provides the advantages of rapid editing and flexibility when sharing documents,” said Sawle, winner from region five of the KCACTF. “This award will enable me to continue refining my drafting ability and style as I prepare to re-enter the professional world. It is quite exciting to be a recipient of this award.” Learn more about how Vectorworks supports the academic community at vectorworks.net/education.
  13. Global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. congratulates its Japanese distributor A&A Co., Ltd for receiving a BCN AWARD 2017. Winning the CAD software category, A&A received the honor due to its 32 percent Japanese market share, making Vectorworks software the bestselling CAD solution in Japanese electronics retail stores. As the market leader, Vectorworks beat out software providers Phototron Limited (24.3 percent market share) and Lilac System Inc. (21.8 percent market share). Market share is based on statistics accumulated from 2,614 stores providing sales reports to BCN Co., Ltd., the organizer of the BCN AWARD. Now in its 18th year, the BCN AWARD collects the sales data of major domestic electric appliance mass merchandisers, personal computer specialty shops and net shops in Japan. Based off these numbers, the awards recognize manufacturers with the highest total annual sales volume. “This is an incredible honor for A&A, and it’s quite the accomplishment for them to win this award in the highly competitive Japanese market. We sincerely thank all A&A employees for their hard work and dedication, resulting in this tremendous success,” said Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar. “We will continue developing the robust Vectorworks product line to further empower our distributors to lead the market and enable today’s designers to create unmatched experiences.” This year, 58 product provider companies received prizes in 121 different categories, with a range of software categories such as Business software, Communications software and Education/learning software. This marks the seventh year that A&A was recognized with a BCN AWARD, winning third place in 2012 and second place from 2013 to 2016. “It is a great honor to receive a BCN AWARD. It reaffirms that architects and designers highly appreciate the creative design features in the Vectorworks series, which led to us receiving this award,” said Eiichi Kawase, president of A&A Co., Ltd., during the awards ceremony. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the customers and dealers who have given us support and patronage. We will continue to make efforts to provide more attractive products and services in the future.” To learn more about the Vectorworks line of design software for the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries – which is available in twelve languages – visit vectorworks.net.
  14. The crux of global design and BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc.’s philosophy has always involved leveraging input and implementing product feedback from practicing architects, landscape designers, landscape architects and lighting designers, among other design professionals. To further this commitment, three new industry experts will be joining Vectorworks’ ever-growing product marketing team: Luc Lefebvre, senior architect product specialist, Jim Woodward, senior entertainment product specialist and Brian Nicholson, senior landscape product specialist. Led by Jeremy Powell, senior marketing director at Vectorworks, the broad team of industry experts acts as advocates for customers and the industry relating to the marketing and development of products. They provide one-on-one demonstrations of product capabilities, participate in professional association committees and visit firms in the field as a means to generate current insights for industry-specific tool development, as well as act as fountains of industry knowledge for other internal teams. Regarding the new additions, Powell said, “We are elated to welcome Luc, Jim and Brian to the Vectorworks family. With their diverse backgrounds and histories of excellence and service to the advancement of design within the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries, I’m sure they’ll make an immediate impact as champions of our software. And, as recently practicing designers, they’ll bring additional perspective to our team to ensure our products speak to the needs of designers.” Delve deeper into these new industry experts’ skills, backgrounds and career plans. Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Architect Product Specialist at Vectorworks Coming from a family of builders, Lefebvre knew he wanted to study architecture from adolescence. He kick-started his journey at Montreal University, where he received his undergraduate degree in architecture. Since then, he’s enjoyed more than 20 successful years in the business. Most recently, he served as project manager and BIM manager at King + King Architects in Syracuse, NY, where he focused on designing educational facilities and acted as a BIM consultant for both internal employees and other firms. Some of his past projects include Le Moyne College Master Plan and Madden School of Business, SUNY Cortland DeGroat Hall and SUNY Morrisville Mohawk Hall. In his office, Lefebrve was responsible for streamlining building information modeling processes and played an integral part in King + King Architects’ company-wide transition to BIM using Vectorworks Architect. This, in part, was his motivation to work for Vectorworks, as he enjoyed moving his firm from 2D to a 3D BIM workflow. Regarding his shift in careers, Lefebrve said, “I felt like I had just scratched the surface of Vectorworks’ capabilities, and I needed to know more about the software. I wanted to help other people experience that same excitement from learning how to do BIM projects with Vectorworks.” In his new position, he plans to narrow in on the BIM process, as he’s an ardent believer in Vectorworks software as the all-in-one design tool because it eliminates the need for further applications in the total design of a project. To explore Lefebrve’s BIM know-how, register for his upcoming webinar, “The Why and How of BIM Implementation,” on February 23 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Jim Woodward, Senior Entertainment Specialist at Vectorworks Woodward is another long-time Vectorworks supporter. With more than 35 years of experience in the entertainment design industry, Woodward began touring cross country as a lighting technician as a teenager and never looked back. He later opened his own design company in Boston, ExhibitLogic, with his wife, Shirley Woodward, where they tackled 3D visualization, rendering and modeling for a wide variety of industries, such as concerts, theatrical events, film, television, corporate events, trade shows, museums, architectural firms and retail stores. From spearheading concert-like booth and exhibit designs for the NAB Show, the Comdex convention and the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) to touring with artists like Aerosmith, Neil Diamond and Yes, he’s had an illustrious career that has taken him around the world. Furthermore, he has guest lectured at places such as Boston University and Symphony Hall in Boston, as well as worked on productions such as “The Proposal” and “Ted 2.” While Woodward’s day-to-day was never the same in his career, there was one common thread: a passion for technology. He started out using Vectorworks Spotlight early on in its existence and immediately came to realize it as the go-to design software for entertainment design. As he dove deeper and deeper into the program, he discovered his passion for pushing the technology’s limits and became widely known in the entertainment industry as a Vectorworks expert. Eventually, he began regularly providing training and consulting services with the software. “After I gave my first Vectorworks demo, I was on cloud nine,” said Woodward. “All these years, I’d been under the stage, behind the stage, pretty much anywhere but on center stage. It was my first time in the spotlight, and from there, the rest was history.” With his Vectorworks skills so advanced at this point, it was only logical that this was his next career move. In his new role, he intends to be a liaison to help communicate industry trends back to the team at Vectorworks, as well as help intermediate designers take their drawing skills to the next level. To see Woodward in action, register for the upcoming webinar he’s hosting, “Adapting New Technologies to your Production Design Workflow,” on February 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Brian Nicholson, ASLA, PLA, GRP, LEED AP, Senior Landscape Specialist at Vectorworks Growing up in the mountains in southern Colorado, Nicholson was ingrained with an appreciation for nature and the outdoors early in his childhood. Thus, he received an undergraduate degree in landscape horticulture with a concentration in design/construction from Colorado State University. This degree, along with multiple summers of construction experience, prepared him to own and operate an award-winning residential design/build firm in Denver. He later earned a master of landscape architecture at the University of Colorado Denver and began practicing urban design and landscape architecture internationally. After laying the groundwork for his career in landscape architecture, Nicholson quickly discovered his inclination for sustainability. His passion for eco-friendly design shines through in projects from his past 18-plus years of experience in horticulture, landscape architecture and construction administration for firms like studioINSITE, RNL and Wenk Associates. Nicholson has applied his sustainable expertise to a variety of projects, including international community master plans, institutional campuses, municipal buildings, streetscapes and residential homes. For one of his most notable projects, he worked as the lead landscape designer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Research Support Facility, which was designed to be net-zero energy and achieved LEED platinum certification and sustainable SITES gold certification. He also handled the site construction administration for additional projects across 35 acres on NREL’s campus. Currently, Nicholson maintains multiple landscape architect licenses and is an accredited green roof professional and LEED accredited professional. He also serves as the ASLA Colorado chapter president where he develops value-added programs for members and advocates for the chapter at the national level. Regarding his career move, Nicholson said, “Technology is my passion, whether it’s design software or products incorporated in my designs. I’m constantly looking at tools on the leading edge of sustainability, like Vectorworks, so I’ve had my eye on the company for a while.” As a result, when the job opened up, Nicholson said it was a perfect fit for where he wanted to take his career. Nicholson is very experienced with Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp and the Adobe suite from prior roles, and he’s eager to dive into Landmark. His long-term goals are to expand the adoption of Landmark within the landscape architecture, design and urban planning industry.
  15. In support of fostering the creative processes of young entertainment designers, global design software developer Vectorworks, Inc. is sponsoring awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Started in 1969, KCACTF is a national program designed to celebrate college theater in the United States, and help students develop their creative and technical skills. Each year, KCACTF hosts eight regional festivals for college theater students across the United States. Festival activities include workshops, discussions, regional-level scholarships and award programs, giving students the opportunity to showcase their best productions and receive feedback from professionals. “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase the diverse, emerging talent from around the country,” said Frank Brault, product marketing manager at Vectorworks. “We wholeheartedly enjoy seeing the innovation and perspective young designers bring to the table.” For each of the eight regional festivals, Vectorworks will donate a professional Vectorworks® Spotlight license to a winner of the Design, Technology and Management category. Entries are evaluated on quality, effectiveness, originality and visual presentation techniques. “KCACTF honors excellence and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships. At its core, it provides opportunities for participants to develop cutting-edge skills and learn current best practices,” said National KCACTF DTM Chair Rafael Jaen. “To do this effectively, we rely on industry-leading sponsors, such as Vectorworks. The company's sponsorship will help the Design, Technology and Management (DTM) students expand their design approaches and achieve higher levels of professionalism.” This year, the eight regional festivals will run between January 3 and March 4. Learn more about KCACTF’s network with more than 18,000 student participants and over 600 colleges, as well as each festival at www.kcactf.org/regions.