“My interest in design all started in high school when I decided to focus on art and design classes. I grew up in Massachusetts where I attended college in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. As a young designer, I am always curious about “what’s the new thing.” I am always wanting to learn from a different design perspective. For example, my last co-op I worked with architects and got to understand more about the structure. These advantages help me understand what I am designing and what I need to improve on as a young designer.
“I was introduced to Chief Architect during my stay at one of my co-ops. Chief Architect has been the easiest program to work with. I am using Chief Architect at my current job and the program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality. It also makes the material selections easier for the clients to see how they come together.”
The program works well to create designs that the clients can see before it comes to reality.
Thank you, Amanda, for continuing to use Chief Architect Software throughout your work experience. We hope to see more of your great design work in our future contests!
If you are using Chief Architect Software to help make material selections easier for you or your clients like Amanda, check out the additional content available in the 3D Library.
Zak, his wife, and two children. With a passion for design that began at an early age, his work is the product of an experienced and talented designer. Congratulations on winning 1st place!
“I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a small stint in British Columbia. I always knew I wanted to design homes. I can remember sitting on the floor as a kid building Lego houses and hotels, and I always gravitated to drawing sprawling dream homes over all the other topics little kids usually draw! I was gifted my first drafting table when I was 13 or 14, and I was off to the races. I had a great Drafting & Design program in my high school and it definitely solidified my want to do this for a living.
“I worked for a couple of small architects once I finished College but was lucky enough to get hired when I was 20 with a top builder in Calgary. I spent 15 years there, 8 of those as the Drafting & Design manager. The company built all over Canada and the US, so I had the opportunity to work on a lot of different kinds of projects and visit a lot of cool cities. Three years back I moved to an award-winning renovation company, where I was introduced to Chief Architect! I was worried that I would have issues learning a new program as I’d used the same one for 15+ years, but it literally only took around 2-3 weeks before I was proficient enough to start taking on new clients. What an amazing program, I loved it from day one! The ease of use and online tutorials are awesome, any issue I’ve ever had could be solved in a matter of minutes.
“After almost 2 years, I left that company to start my own, Livara Design Inc. (named after my daughters Olivia (Livvy) and Clara) and have been working hard to grow it for the last year with my extremely supportive wife Laura and my diligent project manager Sulley (the dog). It was a no brainer for me to purchase Chief for myself, as I’ve found it is hands down the best program to be able to present a vision to a client and have them actually be able to walk through and see the potential of their project, not just a 2D floorplan. I don’t remember ever getting a crying hug from a client saying, “I can’t believe this is what my home is going to look like!” when I showed them a 2D floorplan!”
I brag about Chief Architect all the time and can’t wait to see what they will come up with next!
Thank you Zak for showcasing your work in our Design Contest and using Chief Architect to present your vision to your clients! To see more work from Zak, check out the design gallery at the bottom of the page.
Last week Chief Architect held the 2018 Chief Academy near our headquarters in Coeur d’ Alene, ID. There were over 100 attendees who came for the 2 ½ days of in-depth training, 1 on 1 support, and networking events. Over the course of the event, Users were able to soak up the last few days of summer in Coeur d’ Alene through morning events and evening receptions.
Day 1 kicked off with a Welcome and Company Update from our CEO, Greg Wells. Shortly after, Users headed to their class to start training. Classes ranged from Introductory to Advanced, each taught by a certified Chief Architect Instructor. The day was full of tips, tricks, and techniques to help Users utilize Chief Architect within their business.
After a full day of training, Day 1 was wrapped up with a relaxing cruise on Lake Coeur d’ Alene. The cruise started at the Coeur d’Alene Resort and took Users, Guests, and the Chief Team to the famous Floating Green Event Center for a disc toss game and a delicious dinner.
Day 2 started out with a beautiful hike around Tubbs Hill. Users had a chance to network while taking in the incredible scenery of downtown and Lake Coeur d’ Alene.
After a morning full of training, the Chief Team set up a room for Hands on Product Testing of X11, Room Planner & 3D Viewer, a Virtual Reality station, and 1-on1 support for more learning and interactive experiences. This gave Chief the chance to show users firsthand what we are working on and how they can incorporate these new features into their business.
As Day 2 came to a close, many Users were ready to relax at our evening reception at Le Peep on the Spokane River. Over dinner, our team was able to connect and network with many attendees and receive feedback from the event. Below is an interview from sisters at Harby + Points and Morris Carey with On The House.
Throughout Chief Academy, raffle tickets were sold for an HP Designjet T-120 ePrinter series, where all proceeds from the raffle would be donated to Saint Vincent De Paul. Huge thanks to everyone who participated and raised over $2,300! And a big congratulations to Joel Oolman of Minnesota Cabinets for winning the HP printer!
The last day of Chief Academy was dedicated to focus-based seminars and 1 on 1 support. If you would like to see more photos from the event, you can view the Chief Academy album on Facebook.
“The Chief Architect Training Academy is always one of our top training events since we host it in Coeur d’Alene. Our resort town atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for a relaxed learning environment. And what makes this event so popular, is the ability to have a large majority of our staff attend the event from both a customer experience and education perspective. With full access to our staff, we can actually offer personalized 1-1 training in addition to the class room training. The days are filled with training and education and the evenings with networking and social interaction at some pretty spectacular Idaho venues. One of the most popular outings is at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Event Center and Golf Course were we have the famous Potato Martini and we host our long drive / closest to the pin DVD disc toss. Finally, we preview future technology and products for early feedback in our development process. It’s a great event, and we hope you can make it to one soon!” – Scott Harris, Vice President of Chief Architect Software
Jennifer placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Residential Design Contest! Her passion for design began when she was 10 years old and has flourished in her career as a home designer.
I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.
“Unofficially, I started drawing house plans on graph paper when I was 10 years old, and I knew that designing was something I wanted to pursue as a profession. Officially, I started designing in 2005, when I began working for and training with a local designer in my hometown of Memphis, TN. In 2010, I began doing freelance residential design while also pursuing a career in another field. I founded Ideal House Plans, LLC in 2017 and am currently working on growing the business.
“I’ve been a Chief Architect customer since May 2018. Earlier in the year, I knew that I would need quality 3D renderings to post on the new website, so I began my search for the right software to use. I downloaded several trial versions of various software to determine what would work best for me. In the end, I chose Chief Architect because of its realistic appearance, reasonable price, and user-friendliness.”
We really enjoyed seeing Jennifer’s work. To see more examples of her designs, visit idealhouseplansllc.com/shop. We wish Jennifer the very best with the launch of her new website.
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