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.
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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 2015-16 school year.
A visit to your school might look like:
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.
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.
One of our guest professionals will arrive at your school, ready to spend the day with your department.