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2016 Vectorworks Design Summit Details Revealed: Speakers, CEU’s and Exhibitors

Vectorworks’ annual Design Summit conference kicks off later this spring in Chicago. Like last year the event will show attendees an exclusive preview of upcoming software technology for one of the world’s leading CAD and BIM developers. Early Bird discounts to the event are still in the offering.


Creatives in the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries are invited to join international professionals and students in Chicago for the 2016 Vectorworks Design Summit, taking place 25-27 April 2016 at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park. The conference includes thought-leadership breakout sessions, extensive training, an inside look into Vectorworks® software’s future development cycle, as well as exciting networking opportunities with Vectorworks software engineers, third-party partners and industry influencers.

“The excitement in the air at our inaugural 2015 Design Summit was contagious, especially when we surprised attendees with a sneak peek into our Vectorworks 2016 release to a room of audible ‘Oohs’ and ‘Aahs’ as we announced each feature,” said Vectorworks Chief Marketing Officer Stewart Rom. “We can’t wait to divulge more exclusive updates planned for future releases at this year’s conference, as well as provide a path to help Vectorworks users all around the world streamline their workflows, solve daily design challenges and be inspired by this community of visionaries that is transforming the world through great design.”

Speakers and Credits

The Design Summit begins on a Monday, 25 April 2016, with optional, pre-conference training on the full line of Vectorworks products, as well as new features like Project Sharing, Energos and Marionette. ESP Vision, a new addition to the product line will also be in the works.

01 - Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. gives the opening Keynote Address at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit in Philadelphia.

01 – Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. gives the opening Keynote Address at the 2015 Vectorworks Design Summit in Philadelphia. This year’s event takes place in Chicago.

The next two days are filled with keynotes by industry leaders, conference workshop/lectures where attendees learn and see from leading practitioners, and all these events in general provide continuing educational credits—over 32 CEUs are available including AIA LUs, and LA CES PHDs, with presentations covering everything from BIM workflows, energy modeling, graphical scripting, rendering and visualization to exhibit design and more.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

This year Nemetschek Group sister company, Bluebeam Software, will be the headline sponsor. Developers of innovative solutions that push the limits of digital project communication, Bluebeam software allows the world’s most document-intensive industries to share information and collaborate in real time, or any time.

The full list of sponsors and exhibitors at this time include:

Attendees at the Design Summit will get a chance to walk the conference’s exhibit area throughout the conference and company representatives will be on hand to help with finding solutions and answers to questions concerning their products and services. While most of the company’s listed above where at the inaugural Design Summit in Philadelphia, additions this year include Solibri, which is the latest acquisition by Germany’s Nemetschek Group.

Early Bird Rate Expires February 29

Currently, professionals can attend the Design Summit for $399 while design students and instructors can register for $49 as part of the early bird special. After February 29, rates will increase to $499 for professionals, and $99 for students and instructors. Interested attendees should register online now to take advantage of these savings, as well as book a discounted hotel stay at the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park by mentioning Vectorworks when placing a reservation.

About Vectorworks, Inc.

Vectorworks, Inc. is a global design software developer serving the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries. Since 1985, we have been committed to helping designers capture inspiration, nurture innovation, communicate effectively and bring their visions to life. We’ve developed the best CAD and BIM software for Mac and Windows that puts BIM at the heart of the design process, enabling the flexibility needed for efficient iteration throughout the design life-cycle. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Vectorworks, Inc. is a part of The Nemetschek Group. Learn more about how we empower more than half a million designers to create experiences that transform the world at

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