Professional, Student

Angela Brings Home Silver at the 2018 National Leadership Conference

Angela with her interior design boards that she designed using Chief Architect.

By Emily Black

Angela’s passion for Interior Design has grown through her years participating in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the National Leadership Conferences.

FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues.

Angela with her interior design boards that she designed using Chief Architect.

“I’m a senior at Statesboro High School. I am also Statesboro High School’s FCCLA Chapter President. My love for interior design started when I was really young. During summers and weekends, I spent time with my grandma who worked for a designer but worked on projects herself. My grandparents had two hobbies: restoring furniture and antique shopping. With all these things combined, it made me into the person I am, striving to create a career for myself out of it. Unfortunately, my school doesn’t have an Interior Design program, so I’ve had to find different outlets to express my creativity as a designer and to also build my skills in order to be a great designer in the future.

“My sophomore year of high school, I took a construction class to understand architectural viewpoints of the process and to also gain knowledge of the work site while during my junior year I took an art class in order to understand an artist point of view and to broaden my artist skills. This past school year I have also been working with a local Interior Designer who has been walking me through the design process and giving me advice as to what I should do to prepare for college as an Interior Design major and what to do during college.

“I originally joined FCCLA as a freshman because I thought it was a great student organization to be a part of and it would get me to do something, but it has also given me so many amazing opportunities especially at the beginning of my career that I didn’t know would happen like meeting design professors from the University of Georgia or SCAD, but mainly to expose myself to what Interior Design is like.

“For my competition, I was given a scenario and information of “my clients” of which I had to analyze while staying in lines of the actual FCCLA rubric. I also had to prepare an invoice of whatever the rubric says is required and a Planning Process that basically simplifies my concerns, goals, plans, and results along with providing my boards, floor plan, and elevations.

“When I first competed in Interior Design through FCCLA my sophomore year, I used two to three different design software programs and it was frustrating because those programs weren’t helping or providing me with what I needed which put me behind schedule. I discovered Chief Architect when I made it to Nationals during the summer of 2017 and have since used it for my competition this previous school year. My sophomore year of high school I started at the State Level, which is typically the hardest level to compete at for Interior Design. When I competed at State I had two judges, one of which was a Design professor at the University of Georgia. I remembered walking out feeling horrible and frustrated because I thought I messed up my presentation based off of the feedback I received from my judges. But after I won Silver and found out I made it to Nationals I took that frustration and I worked on my boards the entire month of June to show improvement in my work, which I received Gold for at Nationals that summer.

Using Chief Architect this time for my competition was easier for me and made my work a lot better quality.

“My junior year I had to compete at Regions first, so I had four months to work on my presentation instead of five. This was also my first time using Chief Architect. Using Chief Architect this time for my competition was easier for me and made my work a lot better quality. I also took this year to improve upon the actual boards themselves and what all I included in them. At Regions, I received Gold, proceeded onto State and received Silver, and proceeded onto Nationals again and received Silver.”





We are honored to be a part of Angela’s design process! We wish her the best in her future endeavors. If you are a teacher or student interested in incorporating Chief Architect into your class work, learn more about our academic software.

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Residential Home Design, Student

Danielle Earns First in National Student Competition

By Emily Black

Congratulations to Danielle for her outstanding accomplishment at the National Technology Student Association (TSA) Competition in CAD Architecture.  She is only 16 years old and is on her way to a promising design career.

Danielle with her teacher, Andrew.“I am 16 years old and from Grand Prairie, Texas. This upcoming school year, I am going to be a junior at James Bowie High School where I am captain of the girls wrestling team and a member of my school’s orchestra, BPA, TSA, and NHS. Ever since I was little I have loved to make things with my hands, when I was in second grade I had even attempted making a castle out of tissue boxes. When I got to high school, I began to see architecture as a possible career path because it combines my different interests, so I took the class during my sophomore year.

“When we were first introduced to Chief Architect in class I was immediately obsessed. The software was professional level and had so many options and different features that the possibilities felt endless. Chief Architect is fast as well as easy to understand and use and no doubt gave me an advantage during my competition. Every time I use Chief Architect I find how to better use another feature and get a better result, and I intend to someday master those features in order to create great designs.

Chief Architect is fast as well as easy to understand and use and no doubt gave me an advantage during my competition.

“At TSA Nationals I showed up to the room 30 minutes early to ensure that I got a good seat at the back of the room then I had an additional hour while everyone else arrived and the judges quickly interviewed us. Then we were all given the problem and the time was started. When they gave us our problem I began to worry, there was so much to do and I only had four hours.

“We were given a floor plan to modify so I started first by recreating the walls, windows, and doors. There were holes in the design that I had to fix so I worked on those then began designing the rooms and other spaces. My main focuses, however, were designing the master bathroom and the kitchen, as well as the area around the front entrance. When time was almost out and I was putting together my layout, I remember worrying that I had focused on the wrong things, but I had to trust that I had used my time wisely and accept what happened. After time ran out we were sent off while the judges judged our work and had to wait for them to call us back to talk about our work. When it was my turn, the first judge told me how well I had done but then pointed out that I had forgotten my dimensions on my floor plan, after that, I lost all hope of getting top three. The rest of my comments were a mix of “good work” and “did you run out of time?” and one of the judges commented that he knew immediately that I had used Chief Architect.

“At the awards ceremony, I was dreading going on stage because I thought the top 10 was as much as I’d get, and once they announced 3rd and it wasn’t me, I was sure that I didn’t trophy, but then they announced first and said my name… Everything was a blur after that, I couldn’t and still can’t believe it!”

Danielle’s Nationals Design

Danielle’s Qualifying Design

Danielle’s teacher, Andrew Barrett, is on his 24th year of teaching and is currently teaching Architectural Design and Animation. Andrew has incorporated Chief Architect into the classroom for everything from floor plan creation to electrical plans, elevations, site plans, roof plans, and layouts. Also, students create animated walkthroughs utilizing Chief Architect to create their structures and use the export function to send their 3D models to 3D Max for animating.

“This is Danielle’s first year in my class and her first time to use CAD of any kind. I am extremely proud of her. She has worked very hard to improve her skills this year. Danielle is a gifted student with so much potential. I feel blessed to have her as a student. The sky is the limit for this amazing young lady in the future!”

We are honored to be a part of Andrew’s curriculum and Danielle’s design process! We wish Danielle the best in her future endeavors. If you are a teacher or student interested in incorporating Chief Architect into your class work, learn more about our academic software.

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Residential Home Design, Stories, Student

Students at State University of New York Delhi take first

SUNY New Delhi wins first at the NAHB Student Competition

By Emily Black

A team of five students earns first place in the Residential Construction Management Competition.

The NAHB student competition was held at the 2018 International Builders’ Show in Orland, FL. The opportunity to apply the lessons from the classroom to the real world of residential design drew 56 teams from across the country to participate. Each team had to follow strict guidelines from the design criteria through to the final working drawings and estimates. The residential design projects were presented in front of a panel of judges who were residential building industry professionals.

“Chief Architect gave us the competitive advantage that we were looking for and we were crowned National Champions,” says Alan Smith, the associate professor/program director for the State University of New York at Delhi‘s Residential Construction program. Continue reading…

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Kitchen Design, Professional, Stories, Student

Featured Student – Jennifer Allen

2017 NKBA Student Competition. Jennifer Allen Elevation for her 3rd Place design.

By Kendra Dorosh

Jennifer Allen won 3rd place for her kitchen design at the 2017 NKBA Student Design Competition. Jennifer studied Computer Aided Drafting and Design at Front Range Community College and used the Chief Architect Student License to complete her design.

Jennifer was born and raised in the town of Boulder, the heart of Colorado’s Front Range. For much of the 2000’s, she lived in Arizona where she raised three amazing stepchildren and had a daughter of her own. After moving back to Colorado in 2012 she decided to go back to school while continuing to raise her children. She graduated in December 2017 with an Associates of Applied Science in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, a Certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design, a Certificate in Fundamentals of Interior Design, and a 3.8 GPA.  She also took several architecture classes and was able to participate in a design and build class constructing a tiny house which was auctioned off with proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently awarded her 3rd place kitchen for the 2017 Student Design Competition awarded at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Orlando, Florida. Her winning design is showcased below.

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