Meet the Vectorworks Design Summit Keynote Speakers

2017/06/01

With the 2017 Vectorworks Design Summit right around the corner, we are on the edge of our seats with a big announcement. Vectorworks CEO Dr. Biplab Sarkar and Brad Cloepfil, AIA, NCARB, founding principal of Allied Works Architecture will do us the honors of being our keynote speakers for the event.

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As a reminder, the Vectorworks Design Summit will take place from Monday, September 18 to Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Maryland’s Charm City and include more than 70 hours of ROI-driven industry training on trends and tools, multiple networking events to help you make beneficial career connections, and individual face time with training and support staff.

The first keynote, led by Sarkar, will take place on day two of the conference, September 19, at 9 a.m. ET. The keynote will include an introduction from Sarkar about the latest features in Vectorworks 2018, scheduled for release this fall. Additionally, he’ll invite customers on stage to share how Vectorworks software empowers their business to succeed.

Sokol Blosser Winery in Dayton, Oregon. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

On day three, September 20, at 9 a.m. ET, Cloepfil will kick off the second keynote, “Applied Arts,” highlighting Allied Works Architecture’s design process through innovative case studies.

Architect, educator and principal of Allied Works Architecture, Cloepfil creates culturally resonant architectural designs, forged by the defining elements of their mission and site. Cloepfil’s earliest influences lay outside of architecture — ranging from the vast landscapes and monumental works of civil engineering in the Pacific Northwest, to the simple, yet profound gestures of land and installation artists. His approach to design combines an intensive focus on the specific character of each project with an understanding of architecture’s transformative possibilities.

A rendering of the National Veterans Memorial Museum. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Mir.

A rendering of the National Veterans Memorial Museum. Image by Mir.

“I hope attendees leave my keynote feeling inspired to explore the craft of making, whether they’re designing anything from buildings, landscapes, or stage designs to plates, tables, or perfume bottles,” said Cloepfil. “Although, this passion for making would be nothing without the means to do the job — tools like Vectorworks software that allow designers to explore and document innovative projects.”

A Portland, Oregon native, Cloepfil founded Allied Works Architecture in his hometown in 1994 and opened the New York City office in 2003. The recipient of numerous design awards, he holds degrees from the University of Oregon and Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, and he has taught and lectured widely throughout North America and Europe.

A house located in Dutchess County. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

A house located in Dutchess County. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

Allied Works Architecture is widely acclaimed for their arts and cultural projects. For the past 14 years, they’ve been using Vectorworks software on some of their most prestigious projects, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City; the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver, Colorado; the National Veterans Memorial & Museum in Columbus, Ohio; and the National Music Centre of Canada, in Calgary. The firm’s varied and rigorous design process ultimately comes to rest through the clarity of the drawing. Vectorworks’ team has worked as a partner to provide the best available digital modeling, scripting, and rendering software, allowing Allied Works Architecture to maintain the forgotten power of the well-drafted sheet through a unique, drawing-like drafting environment.

Exterior and interior shot of the Clyfford Still Museum. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

Exterior and interior shot of the Clyfford Still Museum. Image courtesy of Allied Works Architecture. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann.

As a bonus, we’re extending our early bird special for registration until June 7, 2017. So, if you haven’t already, there is still time to register and save $100.

If you’re interested in seeing what else is in store for attendees, check out the full schedule for the conference here.

Remember, you can join the Summit conversation by using and following #VectorworksDesignSummit on social media.

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