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Seattle ARCHICAD User Group – June 22nd, 2017

We’ve got a special guest for our next Seattle ARCHICAD User Group. Kyla Kuhnlein is coming up from Portland to share with us her knowledge of ARCHICAD 21. Kyla is a GRAPHISOFT BIM Specialist and long time ARCHICAD user. I’m thrilled that Kyla will be joining us and carrying the heavy lifting of sharing ARCHICAD 21 because Geoff and I haven’t been the best beta testers this year—so we don’t know the latest version as well as we should. But that’s okay. That’s why we have Kyla! In addition to talking about ARCHICAD 21, we’d do our usual discussions on whatever ARCHICAD related topics we want. Kyla and Vance are bringing more GRAPHISOFT branded Google Cardboard, so if you didn’t get a pair back in January in Seattle or in March in Las Vegas—or if you need/want a second pair—this meeting will be your chance to get more Google Cardboard.

Please note we’re meeting in a new location; a big thank you goes out to Tania for letting us meet in Weinstein A+U’s office in belltown. From what Thomas tells me, it’s a great space.


Thursday June 22nd, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Weinstein A+U
2200 Western Ave #301
Seattle, WA 98121


Kyla Kuhnlein, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GRAPHISOFT BIM Specialist
Jared Banks, AIA, Shoegnome Architects


  • Get a first-hand look at ARCHICAD 21 including features like the new Stair & Railing Tools, Collision Detection, Pro Visualization, and more!
  • Meet Kyla, your local GRAPHISOFT BIM Specialist.
  • Share tips and tricks as you network with other ARCHICAD users.
  • Exchange ideas, ask questions and share your accomplishments with ARCHICAD and related BIM apps.
  • Check out BIMx VR and take home a free Google Cardboard viewer!

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.

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 am always hearing from people looking for work, so if I don’t have someone for you today, I bet someone will be reaching out to me tomorrow. 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.

Seattle Area ARCHICAD User Mailing List

I maintain a list for ARCHICAD users in the Seattle Area (or people interested in Seattle Area ARCHICAD events). If that describes you, sign up by clicking here.

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