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Event: Vectorworks, Inc.’s Art in Architecture Education Series Scheduled for April and May Dates

Earn 1 AIA LU per episode while learning about the modernist and post-modern eras. Two new webinars continue in Architecture Education Series scheduled for 5 April and 10 May.


Global BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc., which is dedicated to educating and inspiring the design community, announces the next two installments of its Art in Architecture webinar series where attendees can earn Continuing Education credits. On Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET, episode eight of the series, “Post-Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985,” will premiere. Episode nine, “PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985-2005,” will go live on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET. Both episodes offer viewers who attend the live airing the opportunity to earn 1 AIA LU each. Those who watch the webinar on-demand can take an associated test after viewing to still earn 1 AIA LU.

“Based on the popularity of our webinar ‘Atomic Architecture in America: 1945-1965,’ we decided to continue our journey through time, moving from modern to post-modern and then from deconstructivism into today’s highly expressive designs,” said Steve Alden, AIA, host of the Art in Architecture series and architectural thought leadership director at Vectorworks.

Post-Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985

During the “Post-Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985” webinar, Alden will dissect the shift from the stripped-down functionalism of modern design toward the diverse aesthetics, ornamentation and symbolism of the post-modern movement, examining the work of many of this period’s renowned architects, ranging from Robert Venturi and Philip Johnson to Michael Graves and Charles Gwathmey. Learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Recognize the transition from modernist buildings to those belonging to the post-modern or neo-eclectic movements.
  • Assess the lasting impact of architects like Paul Rudolph, Jon Jerde and others.
  • Discuss the social and theoretical arguments both for and against modernism and post-modernism.
  • Explain the common concepts and expressions of the post-modern movement, including sculpture, anthropomorphism, pluralism and contextualism.


PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985-2005

The “PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985-2005” webinar will delve into the maturing response to the post-modern movement. Enabled by the precision of computers, this era of design is marked by experimentation in shape and structure, using technology to push the limits of what a building can become and forging a sense of style through the totality of a form rather than its individual elements. Learning objectives for the webinar include:

  • Differentiate among the works of the time period’s prominent architects, such as Richard Meier, Thom Mayne and Renzo Piano.
  • Discover the role that technology plays in the emergence of new, high-tech design.
  • Discuss the historic influence of past architectural masters on today’s new breed of designers.
  • Assess the potential impact of current design trends on future architectural movements.

“In the April 5 webinar, we will explore why architects of the mid 60s to the mid 80s lost faith in the pure aesthetic of modern design and created a new movement charged with symbolism and meaning. Then in the following episode on May 10 comes deconstructivism, an intellectual rejection of the perfectionist tendencies of post-modernism,” Alden added. “This leads us to today’s designers, empowered by technology, rebelling against expectations, taking risks and having fun.”

Register for the “Post-Preapocalyptic Architecture: 1965-1985” webinar at the link here and sign up for “PoMo Interdictive Architecture: 1985-2005” here.

Subscribe to the Vectorworks Inspiration Page to stay up-to-date on upcoming Continuing Education opportunities.

About Art in Architecture Host Steve Alden

Steve Alden, AIA, NCARB, Architect, Vectorworks, Inc., is in charge of exploring concepts that reveal how state-of-the-art software enhances productivity while still allowing great design to materialize from inspiration, exploration and discovery. He believes that being an artist and remaining creative play a crucial role in all facets of the design process, from predesign, through execution, realization and experience of the final work. He therefore works to ensure that Vectorworks software supports the creative process and remains a best-in-class design package.

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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