My Bosses Art Collection

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Architects are artists, without question. Sometimes I look around the office and feel like I work at an art gallery – and not only because he has some of his favorite projects proudly hanging on the walls. My boss has … Continue reading

Research: Vectorworks

Vector worksAs I said in my New Years post, I want to learn how to use Vectorworks so I can be of more assistance to Larry. So, before I start learning how to use the program, I thought I could learn about where it came from and how it has evolved and other interesting tid-bits of information!

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design software developer serving the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. It was founded in 1985 as Diehl Graphsoft, Inc. The company produces the Vectorworks family of software, which includes Vectorworks Designer, Architect, Landmark, Spotlight, Fundamentals, and Renderworks. These programs are CAD software designed with the intent to help designers communicate effectively and bring their visions to life while keeping building information modeling (BIM) at the heart of the design process. Their headquarters is in Columbia, Maryland and is a part of the Nemetschek Group.

This software has played a formative role in the CAD industry, redefining the marketplace by setting a high standard for its products, and continually testing and refining them to surpass users’ expectations. It has become internationally respected in both CAD and BIM technology categories. The company created one of the first CAD programs, one of the first 3D modeling software programs and the first cross-platform CAD application. They started out as exclusively available for Apple iOS, but later came out with a version that also worked for the PC.

Over half a million designers rely on Vectorworks technology on a daily basis. They include architects, landscape architects, entertainment designers, product designers, and many more! The fact that it is a tool used by designers gives me confidence that I will be able to learn the technology without a problem. And what is even more interesting – Vectorworks products are put to work in more that 85 countries in ten different languages! Besides English, Vectorworks products also come in Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Norwegian.

Another outstanding feature of Vectorworks’ corporate identity is its fanatical devotion to responsiveness to customers. The company’s hands-on training seminars and self-guided training options provide users with a variety of learning tools for the software. Their website has an overwhelming amount of resources from training videos to technical support to inspirational ideas! I am looking forward to this new challenge!

Places I Would Visit, if I Won the Powerball

The Powerball is over $1 Billion! So, naturally, I am planning my life if I were to win on Wednesday! I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share with you the places I would want to visit, based on their architecture! Heck, with that much money, I might buy a house in each of these cities!

burj_al_arab      the-world

Dubai – This city is overflowing with amazing architecture. Standing 2,723-feet tall, the Burj Khalifa is just one reason why Dubai is a popular spot to visit. Other examples of amazing architecture include the Burj Al Arab and The World (an artificial archipelago made to resemble a world map).

Sony Center - Potsdammer Platz, Berlin, Germany      reichstag      berlin-rote-rathaus

Berlin – I was born in Germany, but moved to the United States before I turned 3. So I have no memory of all of the great places my parents took me. I really want to return to my homeland! Some of the places I would visit in Berlin include” Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz’s Sony Center, Altes Museum and Das Rotes Rathaus.

cloud-gate-big      willis-tower      aragon-ballroom

Chicago – I have actually already been to Chicago, but stayed for less than 24 hours. I didn’t see anything except my hotel and Aragon Ballroom (where I saw Big Gigantic on New Years Eve in 2013). There are so many amazing spots in the Windy City: The Could Gate and Willis Tower, to name a few. Chicago is also home to the great Frank Lloyd Wright. You can take a tour of his home and see where he came up with his masterpieces.

Great-Wall-of-China      Beijing-Forbidden-City2      birds-nest

Beijing – Another one-of-a-kind architectural landmark I have to see is The Great Wall of China in Beijing. Architects started building the wall during the 7th century BC. Today, millions of tourists travel to see this marvelous wonder. Other great places to visit are the Birds Nest (National Stadium) and the Forbidden City.

aqueducts      pantheon

Rome – Although the Romans adopted aspects of ancient Greek architecture, Rome, Italy still made my list. Not to mention I was raised Catholic and this is The Holy City! Some of the best architectural sites include the Colosseum, Aqueducts, the Pantheon, Temple of Vesta, the Vatican and Baths of Caracalla.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA      temple-of-athena-athens      The_Parthenon_Athens

Athens – I wouldn’t miss the world-renowned ruins in Athens, Greece. A trip to this city would be like a trip back in time as I marvel at the works of numerous Athenian sculptors and architects. Some notable landmarks include The Temple of Athena, Parthenon, and Temple of Poseidon.

Park-Guell-in-Barcelona-Spain      CasaBatllo-4      La_Pedrera_Roof-1024x870

Barcelona – I have always been completely obsessed with Spain. It looks like a fairy tale! One area that sticks out is Park Guell, because of its multi-colored tile-style and unique shaped roofs and windows. Architect Antoni Gaudi created these buildings. Other great structures by Gaudi are the Casa Batllo and La Pedrera.

louvre-pyramid      france-notre-dame-cathedral      Centre Georges Pompidou

Paris – No list of architectural cities would be complete without Paris! There is an amazing site on almost every corner! Here are a few that I would like to see: Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, The Louvre Pyramid, La Grande Arche de la Defense, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Arch de Triophe and Sacre Couer Basilica.

hagia-sophia-01      Column of Constantine      Sultan Ahmed Mosque

Istanbul – Growing up, Aladdin was one of my favorite movies. I always thought the buildings looked so unique, and there were so many colors! Istanbul, Turkey has buildings similar to the ones in Aladdin. The Hagia Sophia, Column of Constantine and Sultan Ahmed Mosque are wondrous sites to behold.

giza      Cairo Opera House      tour_caire_couleur

Cairo – Pyramids are the oldest examples of architecture. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest pyramid. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only one that remains intact! Other great things to see in Cairo include the Cairo Tower, City Stars Cairo, International Stadium, Cairo Opera House, Yocoubian Building and Sultan Hassan Mosque.

Happy New Year!

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I spent my NYE working my other job at Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg!

I can’t believe that it’s the year 2016! My 10-year high school reunion is only a year away! Now THAT’S scary! It’s that time of year where we start a new chapter in our lives, make resolutions or set goals. So for my first post of 2016, I would like to express my resolutions and goals, personal and work related!

  1. Quit Smoking – My quit date was Dec. 26th – so I am officially 9 days cigarette free! This has been a resolution for many years, but I have never actually gone through with it. I am ready to be done with that nasty habit, and have faith that I will never smoke again.
  2. Learn VectorWorks – My main work related goal is to start learning VectorWorks, so I can help Larry with more! I am currently a graphic design student, learning all of the Adobe programs, so I think I will find VectorWorks easy to learn, with some help.
  3. Cook more, & healthier – I love to cook. I recently took a second job as the chef at a small café in downtown St. Petersburg. However, I have been slacking when it comes to cooking at home. After my 10-hour workday all I want to do is sit on the couch and watch TV. So I either don’t eat, or eat crap. I really want to change that and start cooking healthy meals again. A good way to stick to this resolution is to meal prep on Sunday! Pinterest is loaded with meal prep recipes and tips that make it easy, so there is no excuse!
  4. Exercise – Oh my goodness, I am picking all of the cliché resolutions. But I actually think these things are important now. I just turned 27, and while that is still young, it is getting up there and I need to start preparing for my future. I have been going on long walks to help with my smoking urges, but eventually I would like to run! I also downloaded some workout apps on my computer! I refuse to pay for a gym membership again.
  5. Join a Work-Related Group – Now that I am a working professional, it is time to start collecting contacts and getting myself out there. Which, by the way, is terrifying to me!! I am not a fan of social engagements, but if I want to be successful, I need to push myself out of my comfort zone. I would like to join a group for local, young professionals.

Here’s to a successful and healthy new year, and new me!