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2018 Vectorworks Design Summit—Registration Opens

Sunny Arizona will be the site of the annual Vectorworks Design Summit this year. The resort will offer attendees an inducement to make a little fall vacation out of it or bring their family along. While the venue type changes the focus is on a powerful educational experience for their users.


Global BIM and design software provider, Vectorworks, Inc., is inviting professionals, educators, and students in AEC, landscape, and entertainment industries to attend the fourth annual Vectorworks Design Summit, from 4 – 6 November 2018.

2018 Design Summit

This year the event takes place in sunny Phoenix, Arizona at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. The conference, like past years, is a mixture of exciting keynotes, industry sessions, hands-on training in Vectorworks, tech support for your specific projects, and networking events.

Multiple sessions will also be offered for continuing educational credits, including AIA credits.

01 – The Vectorworks Design Summit in 2018 takes place in sunny Arizona this year.

“The Summit is the most cost-effective way for designers to maximize their investment in Vectorworks and improve their company’s bottom line,” said Vectorworks CEO Biplab Sarkar. “It is my hope that all attendees will leave Arizona with inspiration and valuable experience to strengthen their career in the design industry.

50+ Sessions and 35 Experts

There will be over 50 sessions led by 35 industry experts, such as Joseph Marshall, project architect and technology coordinator at Boston’s Flansburgh Architects; Todd McCurdy, president and director of landscape architecture and planning at Huitt-Zollars; Scott Barnes, lighting console programmer for motion pictures and many more.

Registration Information

From now until 22 June 2018, Pre-Early Bird registration is open for attendees at 399.USD, which waives the resort fee, plus there is a buy one get one free special registration. Rates will eventually reach 699.USD per person after 28 September 2018 so those thinking about attending should consider booking early.

Vectorworks, Inc., also includes a downloadable letter template that attendees can give to their boss to gain the support of their company to attend the conference. Academic rates range from 49 – 99.USD for students and professors. To learn more visit here.

Architosh Analysis and Commentary

Typically the Vectorworks Design Summit takes place earlier in the fall. This shift to the latter part of the year is intriguing. It may simply be about enticing attendees to make a small family break out of it—similar logic to why the AIA National Conference rotates through architecturally uninteresting Orlando, Florida, every few years—or it is because the company is working on big stuff that will take longer this year to hit a later release date. At this point, only those “in the know” know.

Their past “design” keynote speakers have been highly influential figures in the world of design. Some events have had two design keynote speakers. 

The keynote that many Vectorworks users care about—and admittedly this is where the Design Summit borrows from Apple’s WWDC playbook—is to do a technical reveal of new and upcoming features in the software. In the past, the company has shown items that were further out and not guaranteed to happen, such as Vectorworks in the cloud. For attendees, such reveals help them “road map” their IT plans. 

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