Visiting Professionals Program

Visiting Professionals Program

Real world projects presented by the pros
Sponsored by Trimble SketchUp

The SketchUp Pro Visiting Professionals Program is an exciting opportunity for students and faculty to learn how pros in a variety of disciplines are using SketchUp Pro and LayOut in their professional practices.

Ever wonder what the possibilities will be when you graduate?

If you're excited by cool design technology, and interested in some insight into how real-world pros go about their work, now you have the opportunity to interact with experts in architecture, planning, landscape architecture, interior design, construction, video game design, film and stage design—and many more. Our program participants include everyone from designers to educators to published authors.

Find out how experienced pros manage schedules and expectations, what gets clients excited about their work, and how they incorporate fast and flexible tools like SketchUp Pro into their complex workflows. After all—there are no single-software practitioners. Getting work done means choosing the right tools and making them all work together.

Apply to have a SketchUp Visiting Professional come to your institution. We have a limited number of visits available at no cost for the 2016-17 school year.

A visit to your school might look like:

Tech Talk/Demo
We have a network of experts, from architects to game designers, who we'll send to your school to show how they use SketchUp Pro and Layout in their professional lives. You'll organize dates, secure space and tech needs, announce and promote, and guide the guest speaker around while on campus.

If you like, the visiting professional can conduct a hands-on workshop for groups of students or faculty.

Crits & Pinups
Show our expert what projects you're working on, and get feedback in a group setting.

Tips & Tricks Hour
Get the skinny on all the tips & tricks for creating beautiful, efficient 3D models and 2D LayOut documents.

Getting started

Fill out the application form
Provide information about possible dates, structure desired, department concentration, funds available, and who the contact person/organizer will be.

We'll contact you with details
We'll get dates, resources, and all the details sorted out with you.

The visit
One of our guest professionals will arrive at your school, ready to spend the day with your department.

Meet the Pros

Alexander Schreyer
Author, Lecturer - UMass, Amherst

Alex is a faculty member in both the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) and the Architecture+Design programs at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He’s taught classes in digital design, CAD and BIM (Building Information Modeling) for the past ten years to a varied audience of students and professionals coming from construction, architecture, and engineering backgrounds. Alex specializes in structural engineering, wood science and heavy-timber construction. He teaches and conducts research in structural wood systems, and regularly speaks at international conferences and meetings. He recently published “Architectural Design with SketchUp” (John Wiley & Sons), is a longtime SketchUp beta-tester, and has authored SketchUp plugins. His blog is a popular resource for information on AEC/CAD and wood design topics.

Bonnie Roskes
Author and Trainer, 3DVinci

Bonnie holds both a BSE and MSE in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Although a professional structural engineer by background, her real interest lies in showing people how to use great modeling applications. She is the creator and owner of 3DVinci. Bonnie started writing SketchUp tutorials in 2001, and produces “SketchUp Hands-On" series books for design professionals, geared toward industries including architecture, interior design, mechanical design, residential design, and 3D hobbyists. She is the author of the "Google SketchUp Cookbook," published by O'Reilly Media in 2009, and "Conceptualize, Create, Communicate: Designing Living Spaces with Google SketchUp," published by Pearson Press in 2012. Her ModelMetricks project books and GeomeTricks geometry project books have been used extensively by K-12 educators. Her latest project, currently in the works, is a book on Sketchy Physics, showing how to use a free plugin to make models that move, fall, climb, and roll - the way solid objects would work in the real world! She has presented and trained throughout the country, live and online, and has presented at education conferences, including NCTM for math teachers.

Brad Rubin
Art Director, Film & Television

Brad holds a Bachelor's of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. With a passion for storytelling and design, he has worked in digital entertainment designing everything from post-apocalyptic ventilation systems to period saloons. Brad’s assistant art director credits include work on the films: This is 40, Akira, The Muppets, Real Steel, and Priest. His set designer credits include the films: The Apparition and Zeke & Luther. He has worked on multiple films in the capacities of graphic consulting and as an illustrator/3D modeler. Brad spent 3 years in Boston working as an architect, and did volunteer work that promoted design and architecture to children and Boston area citizens.

Chase Mullen
Urban Designer, MIG

Combining a lifelong obsession of computer graphics with a Bachelor of Environmental Design & Planning degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Chase has pushed the envelope of graphic communication for the last ten years while working for MIG. Chase has presented at numerous conferences (APA, ASLA, AIA, Community Matters), and taught as an adjunct professor in CU's graduate and undergraduate planning programs. Chase is the developer of an interactive video game called, Vizhen, which incorporates architecture and urban design projects that allow large geographic virtual 3D environments to be interactively explored.

Christopher Fahlin
Water and Wastewater Process Engineer, Engineers Without Borders Program Manager, CDM Smith

Chris earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has designed water and wastewater facilities for municipal and private clients, including oil and gas. Chris is currently serving as an Engineering Team leader at a start-up design-build company in Westminster, CO - M3 Construction, LLC ( He volunteers for the Denver Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA (, overseeing sanitation and well rehab programs in the small rural village of Agou Avedje, Togo, Africa.

Connor Christian
VDC Lead Vertical Designer, Kiewit

Connor holds a Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University, and is currently the VDC Lead Vertical Designer at Kiewit. Connor brings new technology into daily practices by helping to create and teach the procedures and tools that can be used company-wide. His background includes a variety of field supervisory experience in construction, surveying, and high level software integration. His field construction projects include highways, shoreline reconstructions, bridges, airports, high-end residential condos, structural retrofits, historic renovations, hospitals, and schools. SketchUp has been a major piece of Connor's BIM toolbox and is his primary modeling tool. Connor trains Kiewit employees internally and is part of a team creating a training curriculum for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Daniel Brown

Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He was selected as one of five Outstanding Graduates in his class by UNLV, and also served as a National Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students. Dan was a SketchUp and Google Earth Trainer for Google, Inc. He’s taught hundreds of architects, designers, & planners how to use SketchUp Pro, as well as developed and wrote the training curriculum used by SketchUp Authorized Training Centers. Dan currently works for ex;it, an environmental graphic design firm. He also owns and operates the company, db-3D. Dan has taught all over the country, including at AIA, RDC Boston, SEGD National Conference, National Main Streets Conference, and Design Philadelphia, as well as classes at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and a Continuing Studies class at the University of the Arts. Dan is a volunteer member of the Community Design Collaborative and serves as a professional adviser for Easton Area High School's Technology Education program.

Daniel Tal
Landscape Architect, RLA, ASLA, Author

Daniel earned his BA in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State university, and is the author of Google SketchUp for Site Design, and Rendering in SketchUp. He’s worked in the architectural and landscape design industry as a project manager for over 14 years. Daniel regularly contributes articles for publications including, Landscape Architecture Magazine. He teaches SketchUp Pro workshops across the country and online, and is currently teaching annual classes at the University of Maryland. He is a frequent guest speaker at national trade conferences including, the American Society of Landscape Architecture. Daniel provides contract modeling and rendering services to architects, landscape designers, engineers and municipalities. He does consulting for a variety of software companies, including Dynascape and ARTVPS, the makers of Shaderlight. Daniel is also a beta tester, working with SketchUp to help develop the Sandbox tools for terrain and organic modeling, and is currently working with Trimble SketchUp on development of future tools.

Dave Penney
Mechanical Engineer, HVAC & Plumbing, LEED AP

Dave graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has been a Registered Professional Engineer since 1987. He has been the Principal and Owner of DPC Consulting Engineers since 1990, which specializes in HVAC and Plumbing Engineering for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. He discovered SketchUp Pro in 2006 and immediately recognized its potential as a BIM tool. He has developed a collection of plumbing design scripts, called "Flo", which he uses in his designs for large apartment projects.

Dave Richards

Dave has a degree in biomedical equipment technology, and is an expert woodworker, designing furniture for professional cabinetmakers. He’s used SketchUp Pro for years as his primary visualization tool, and has taught other woodworkers all over the US. Dave is a contributing author to Fine Woodworking Magazine, and to the SketchUp-related blog, Design. Click. Build. He is the author of the DVD, SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers -- The Basics, published by The Taunton Press. He’s an Authorized Training Center (ATC) and an active member of the Sketchucation community. He teaches SketchUp classes in community education programs as well as individualized online instruction internationally.

Devin Lavigne
Urban Designer, Principal & Co-founder, Houseal Lavigne Associates

Devin is a Principal and Co-founder of Houseal Lavigne Associates, with special expertise in urban design, land use planning, site planning, land planning, land use regulation, graphic illustration and development visualization, and geographic information systems. Devin is regarded as one of the profession’s top illustrators for his ability to communicate plans, planning concepts, and incorporating development visualizations into the planning process. He has directed, managed, authored and contributed to a number of comprehensive plans, downtown plans, corridor plans, subarea plans, park master plans, and other planning assignments throughout the US. Devin’s graphic work has garnered national attention and has helped distinguish the firm’s body of work, receiving multiple awards. Devin led “Better Graphics, Better Plans” sessions at the American Planning Association’s 2011 and 2012 National Conferences, and will speak again this year at the APA’s National Conference in Chicago on “New Tools for Zoning and Development Visualization” and “Dissecting a Commercial Corridor – An Examination of 60 Years of Development along Ogden Avenue.”

Eric Schimelpfenig
AKBD, Owner, SketchThis.NET

Eric Schimelpfenig, is a Kitchen and Bath Designer and the founder of SketchThis.Net. Eric has utilized 3D technology throughout his career. He has taken pencil and paper operations and converted them to 3D, worked with Google on Sketchup’s development, created 3D content for companies large and small, and taught Sketchup to countless students all over the US. He is also an active columnist in Kitchen & Bath Design News, is often hired to teach Sketchup, and speak on emerging technologies for the design field. He is currently touring the country on a three year teaching tour with Ellen Cheever and Kitchen & Bath Design News.

John Clements
Illustrator/Technical Illustrator

John is a graduate of Oregon State university, with 40 years of experience at engineering firms involving engineering change control and management of various forms of paper and digital documentation. John spent 15 years illustrating mechanical and structural elements of wastewater processes for operation and maintenance manuals, technical reports, presentations, proposals, and marketing materials. His use of digital illustration began with the advent of Windows based 2D applications and eventually to SketchUp Pro.

John Grady
CRB Builders/Epic BIM

As a BIM Manager I strive to find the new best use of BIM from prefabrication to safety on the jobsite. With over 18 years’ experience across a wide variety of fields, my career started with the US Navy Seabees as a tradesman, which led to a position as an estimator with W.G. Yates and Sons the a BIM Manager with McCarthy Building Companies, now as a BIM manager for CRB Builders. Today, in my role as a BIM Manager, I am successful at bridging a variety of knowledge sets, resulting in practical implementation of BIM as part of a collaborative process with owners, design partners and subcontractors on our projects. The future is now and we need to embrace what technology brings us while not forgetting what got us here. When I started in the industry, construction for me was a tool belt and a jobsite, now with the broad advent and adoption of BIM in the industry the game has changed to be about information and getting it to all the stakeholders at the key time in the construction process. Today I spend a lot of time focusing on “Blue Sky” ideas and bringing them to terra firma so we can see impacting results for our workers, clients, and partners.

Joshua Cohen
Owner, Lead Illustrator, Fat Pencil Studio

Joshua Cohen founded Fat Pencil Studio in 2004. With an Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in and a BS in Civil Engineering from Brown University, Joshua also has years of practical experience working in the transportation, energy, and construction industries, bringing a wealth of technical knowledge to every project. Prior to founding Fat Pencil Studio, he spent six years working in the aerospace industry creating spacecraft illustrations, technical writing and diagrams for marketing collateral, newsletters and websites.

Justin Schmidt
Construction BIM Manager, DPR Construction

Justin received his BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is a LEED AP and CM-BIM Certified. He has over 9 years of experience in the construction industry, and is currently the East Coast BIM Manager for DPR Construction where he has direct responsibility for the Building Information Modeling process from pre-construction to close-out. Justin has helped lead the BIM efforts for over $1.4 billion of work ranging from corporate offices and higher education facilities to biotech labs and mission critical projects. Clients include Arizona State University, Facebook, and the Banner Health System. Justin is also an active member in several industry organizations such as the AGC and ACE.

Matt Chambers
Design Strategist, Aldevron; Adjunct Faculty - NDSU

Matt earned his Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota, and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. He is a full time internal design strategist for Aldevron, a Fargo based biotech firm. In addition to brand management and new product development, Matt is actively involved with the design and planning of Aldevron's new corporate headquarters on a historic block in downtown Fargo. Outside of Aldevron, Matt is an adjunct professor of landscape architecture at North Dakota State University where he teaches beginner to advanced digital media courses incorporating SketchUp with Adobe, Autodesk, and Esri software products. Matt also partners with The Leonard Atelier Group, a Fargo landscape architecture firm, on design and communication projects related to issues of landscape architecture.

Michelle Morelan
Interior Designer, Illustrator, Michelle Morelan Design

Michelle graduated in 2006 with a degree in Interior Design. She spent time working for Kasian Architecture, in Interior Design and Planning, then at Kelly Deck Design, working on HGTV shows out of her studio. She opened her own firm in 2009, Michelle Morelan Design, based in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. Illustrations have become a specialty - resulting from a hybrid of hand sketching, SketchUp, Photoshop and architectural markers, as well as other mixed media. Michelle has been sharing her method in how-to videos on Vimeo; which are popular with architectural and design professionals and have become a part of schools' curriculum globally.

Mike Brightman
Author, Owner - Bright Ideas Consultants

Mike Brightman earned a Bachelors Degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Kent State University. He moved to Denver to start his career at Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative where he designed and generated construction documents for wellness, aquatic, and athletic centers across the US. Mike then moved to Tampa to work for Urban Studio Architects where he designed high end restaurants and mid rise condominiums. Mike started See Before Building, an all inclusive visualization and marketing service for custom home-builders, developers, and architects using SketchUp exclusively. Mike also was employed by Google as a SketchUp/Earth contract trainer, traveling the country teaching at architecture firms, colleges, and film studios. Currently, Mike is the President and Lead Instructor at Denver based Bright Ideas Consultants, a SketchUp Authorized Training Center. He trains major construction companies, architects, engineers, and design professionals to leverage SketchUp Pro into their current workflow with his proprietary techniques. Mike is the author of The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture: Modeling Buildings, Visualizing Design, and Creating Construction Documents with SketchUp Pro and LayOut, published by Wiley.

Shannon Lightfoot
BIM Manager, McCarthy Building Companies

Shannon is a BIM Manager for McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. He’s responsible for management and implementation of McCarthy’s BIM initiatives within the Central Division, including training field personnel, monitoring BIM project execution, providing support for BIM process improvements, and performing research and development on new BIM technology. His main focus is helping project staff gain efficiency, improve quality, and increase productivity using BIM technology. After graduating from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's degree in Architectural and Facilities Engineering, he was hired as an on-site Project Engineer. In the field he gained critical knowledge of the construction industry, and its means and methods, which allows him to provide the best solutions to problematic projects.