Design at a Distance: Tools for Remote Collaboration

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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Vectorworks, Inc.
Presented by Brian Hores, Joseph Marshall, Naomi Levine, and Mike Banks

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss how routine file exchange enables a seamless workflow between multiple design tools.
  2. Experience VR prototyping to explore design concepts intuitively with remote stakeholders.
  3. Experience how 3D visualization and VR provide visual feedback for a compelling interactive experience.
  4. Discover the power of cloud-based issue tracker which allows for real-time project coordination.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Modern design software is a tool for remote collaboration, intuitive visualization, and efficient coordination. With projects around the world, Flansburgh has developed a BIM-centric workflow to work remotely with clients, consultants, and contractors. Vectorworks, our primary architectural authoring software, is the centerpiece of this process. This session will explore VR prototyping with The Wild, 3D visualization with Twinmotion, and coordination with Revizto.

Design Distance

Photo courtesy of Flansburgh Architects

Meet the presenters from Flansburgh Architects. Flansburgh is a Boston-based architectural firm, internationally recognized as a leader in the planning and design of schools. Our wide-ranging portfolio also includes arts and cultural centers, civic projects, private residences, and theaters. Our designs reflect the culture and environment of the communities they are built for and provide sustainable, long-term value. Our work is guided by our client’s vision, needs, and goals, and we are committed to providing exceptional, personal service from the design phase through construction.


Brian Hores has more than 25 years of experience in architectural design, contract document production, and construction administration with a specialization in BIM modeling, coordination, and management.


Joe Marshall is dedicated to the realization of memorable spaces and advocates for design technology solutions which aid in design communication and coordination.


Naomi Levine draws from a joint technical and design background with degrees in both physics and architectural design and is particularly interested in computational design strategies.


Mike Banks has a background in communication arts and design and is both an architectural designer and in-house renderer.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.


Originally published in November 2020