AIAS West Workshop Becomes Unexpected Tour of the Future | BIM Engine by ARCHICAD


The following post was written by Haley Nelson, an attendee of
an AIAS West Workshop who happily provided us with a thorough
review of what ended up being a surprising and welcome foray
into technology, as she puts it “of the future”.

Thanks to a summer internship that used ARCHICAD exclusively, I
had become “conversational” in ARCHICAD and had since made it
my go-to drafting software for my graduate architecture studies
at the University of Oregon.

Having attended software workshops in the past, I recalled how
common it was for workshop leaders to emphasize the ways in
which their software could nurture and elevate the creative
process, touting features such as “parametric design
compatibility” and “top-of-the-line 3D rendering”. My
expectations of the ARCHICAD Workshop included receiving a
broad-strokes tour of the drafting software, common to these
types of student-targeted conferences, possibly picking up new
keyboard shortcuts, or a faster way to create a topographic
mesh grid.

I yearned for the science! For the data! Prior to my
architecture studies, I had completed a B.S. in physics, which
made a formative impact on my approach to design. My process
consequently tends to start with parameters such as wall
thermodynamics, energy consumption, soil chemistry, optical
performance of the lighting scheme, geography of the site,

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