Sketch to BIM giveaway winner: Carolina Garcia

2013/05/13

Congratulations to Carolina Garcia, who won a Wacom Intuos5 pen tablet in the Vectorworks: From Sketch to BIM giveaway. Through this project, the Vectorworks design team is demonstrating how to transform a hand-drawn sketch into a Building Information Model (BIM). Members of the public can help determine the project’s scope by voting on key details for each phase.

Garcia was entered into the drawing by casting her vote in Phase 1 to select a project type. An Eco Resort was the winner. Currently, visitors to the Sketch to BIM site can vote on Phase 2 by selecting the conceptual sketch they’d like to see designed.

Carolina Garcia

About the Winner

Carolina Garcia, PLA, LEED AP BD+C, is both the owner of Culturelle3 Designs, Inc. and a career services advisor at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, Illinois. Her firm offers services in landscape architecture, architecture/design consulting, and research for residential, commercial, civic, and institutional facilities markets.

“My design philosophy is to create spaces inspired by history, culture, and nature,” she says. “I focus on multiple dimensions in order to create spaces that offer a variety of experiences for the user. My design concepts always begin with research, either for inspiration or finding out what was on the site before.” She specialized in cultural landscapes while in graduate school at U of I Urbana-Champaign. “I’ve taken that interest and applied it to my projects in such a way that cultural and historical components are part of the early research and design phase. This also gets me thinking about sustainable ideas for the project so the site is revived and reconnected to its cultural values.”

Garcia says she sketches design concepts by hand but also uses software early in her design process. “Having a 3D massing model or simple rendering really explains to the client what the designer’s vision is and it helps to solve issues or see details that 2D drawings don’t convey clearly,” she says.

Garcia joined a team of architects and engineers earlier this year to develop a design for the Infill Philadelphia: Soak It Up competition, which illustrates sustainable alternatives to stormwater treatment in a commercial site.

How does she balance her design practice with her role at Harrington College of Design? “As a career advisor at Harrington, I assist students in developing their career goals while in school and once they graduate,” she says. “Being a designer myself allows me to share my experiences with them and provide some insight into what’s trending in the design industry. The beauty of being a designer is having the ability to adapt. For me it’s been a nice balance because while I don’t get to sketch or design on a daily basis, I still get to learn and apply my knowledge to both my career advising and design projects.”

Nemetschek Vectorworks is giving away Wacom Intuos5 pen tablets at each phase of the Vectorworks: From Sketch to BIM project. Visit the site today to vote and enter for your chance to win!

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