by Lucas Miskura

Here at JBB (architecture + interiors), we have spent the past year developing and improving the experience we bring to our residential, commercial and hospitality clients. While offering a full-service design from architecture to interior design to custom furnishings, we have seen the need to evolve. We are now partnering to grow our business and will be able to offer a separate design-build firm, EXP Developments. As the need for more building information and greater details grows, so does the technology to produce it. The staple of most architecture and design firms has been AutoCAD (Computer Aided Drafting), a somewhat intuitive program used to produce the plans that go on to create and build a home or business. While AutoCAD has proven itself time and time again and (in my professional opinion) will continue to be used, there is a need for a more developed, precise program that brings the base of CAD into the future.

Vectorworks is a BIM (Building Information Modeling) program that has been around since the mid-1980’s with most of its breath in the European and Asian countries, there has been a surge of use in the US, and it’s easy to see why. We have recently adopted this not-so-new software and were invited to attend a design summit in Baltimore, Maryland. While there, we were greeted with a bounty of information, gracious handshakes and insight into what’s coming next to the world of computer-based drafting; including a multitude of vendors ranging from basic IT support to plotters to a company that makes a 3D mouse.

So you might be asking yourself, “What’s so great about Vectorworks and what does it offer your clients?” The answer is simple, freedom. With using this BIM-based CAD software, we can draw a two-dimensional plan while the program simultaneously turns it into a three-dimensional rendering. This will provide clients with a clear vision into their space while we will be able to change finishes with a few clicks. The advantage for the client is that they no longer have to wonder “will I like this tile on my floor,” We will now be able to show them exactly how each finish we select works with one another in each separate space. On the architecture side of JBB, we can produce a three-dimensional, high-quality rendering of their exterior that will give them the clear vision that for some is a challenging feat to visualize. This benefit we can offer to our clients will only progress the overall experience for them that we strive for here at JBB Designs.

As time goes on, the design will have to adapt to the changing world of information. New programs, new ways of sending information and interacting with clients will all become a vital part of staying a successful architecture and design firm in the coming years. We are very excited to be ever evolving in our practice and to be a place that clients are excited to come to.