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Seattle ARCHICAD User Group – April 27th, 2017

Spring is a great time to get together, talk ARCHICAD, and explore downtown Seattle. Longtime ARCHICAD user Willard Williams, AIA works at Hoffman Construction and has generously offered to host our next Seattle ARCHICAD User Group at Hoffman Construction’s office in downtown Seattle.


Thursday April 27th, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Hoffman Construction
600 Stewart St #1000
Seattle, WA 98101


Willard Williams, AIA (Hoffman Construction), Thomas Bormann, and Jared Banks, AIA

Arrival Instruction:

Enter the building on 6th street between Stewart and Westlake.  Someone (Willard, Jared, Thomas and/or Vance) will be waiting in the lobby to let you in the building and deliver you to the 10th floor where you will be greeted by friends, food, drinks, and ARCHICAD.  Please try to arrive no later than 6:30 so we don’t have to leave someone at the door the entire meeting. If you’re running late, call or text Jared: 206.504.3075.


  1. Vance Lassiter. We have a new GRAPHISOFT point of contact in Seattle. Vance joined GRAPHISOFT recently and we’re going to give him a big official welcome to the Seattle ARCHICAD community.
  2. ARCHICAD 20 – Recap. We’re approaching that time of year when a new version of ARCHICAD debuts. Before that happens, let’s take another look at ARCHICAD 20. What does everyone like? What questions do you still have? What do you yet want to tackle before GRAPHISOFT gives us loads of new features.
  3. BIMCON 2017 – Recap. A number of us from Seattle travelled to Las Vegas to attend the GRAPHISOFT North America BIM Conference. We’ll share what we learned and talk about our favorite parts.
  4. Grasshopper-ARCHICAD Live Connection and VR. I’m not sure if we’ll have anything new to share that we didn’t cover back in January, but Grasshopper and VR are going to be standing discussion points from now on. I’m curious to know how many people have been sharing BIMx with their clients through VR now that we all know how to do that.

If you’ve got a current issue, please bring that as well. Our group has a huge collective knowledge. Let’s share what we are doing well and what we’d like to do better. To that end, if you have a project you’d like to share, bring your laptop or a thumb drive (if you bring a thumb drive, save your project as a .PLA so there aren’t missing library parts). I of course will have my machine and projects to share, but I’d love to get someone else’s projects up on the screen. Are you brave enough? If there’s a specific topic you’d like to discuss, or a project you’d like to share, let me know so that we make sure there’s time!

Food and refreshments will be served.

As we always like to do, we plan on having an after-party ARCHICAD nerdfest at a nearby bar. Plus GRAPHISOFT North America will again be feeding us during the meeting. Please share this post and e-mail it to all your coworkers. I know not everyone gets the official e-mails about user groups—especially new and/or quieter employees.

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A Big Link to Register for the User Group

Go sign up to claim your spot and let GSNA know they need to feed you: REGISTER HERE!

ARCHICAD job hunters!

If you are in the Seattle area and need work, e-mail me. There are plenty of people who want to talk to you. If you want to move to Seattle and use ARCHICAD, e-mail me as well—especially if you like the freelancer lifestyle. If you are an ARCHICAD firm in need of help, definitely e-mail me. I had a record number of people contact me in 2016 looking for ARCHICAD work in Seattle, but that looks like it’s going to be blown away by the number of people looking for new Seattle-based ARCHICAD opportunities in 2017. As always though, the answer to our need for ARCHICAD help in Seattle (and so many other places) is training new users. The ARCHICAD community is larger now than it has ever been. And it needs to be larger. Not just because a bigger community is more sustainable, but because there’s more work than we can all handle. I don’t know of any firm that uses ARCHICAD that considers themselves overstaffed. It’s time to hire new people and train them on ARCHICAD from the ground up.

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