In expos and conferences, in studios and on job sites, in workshops and meetups, in makerspaces and classrooms, in forums, at Basecamps, on YouTube... People who use SketchUp are everywhere. But for every SketchUp aficionado, it seems there are twenty more people who don’t realize how much is possible in 3D.
Tom Kaneko is an architectural designer and SketchUp ninja specializing in bespoke residential retrofits and extensions in the United Kingdom. In this conversation, we delve into his workflow and how he uses SketchUp to deliver value to his clients within the constraints of a tight budget.
Leers Weinzapfel Associates is a Boston-based, award-winning practice specializing in architecture, urban design and infrastructure projects. They’ve recently worked on a tri-faculty building with an innovative timber structure for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We caught up with Tom Chung, Principal, to learn more about how they went about designing a building for designers, and how effective collaboration helped the project team arrive at a compelling and sustainable design.
Back in college, I participated in a design/build project as part of my architecture degree. It was only one semester, but those months working outside on real projects were really valuable. There’s something special about being involved in the manifestation of ideas that you worked on via pencil and paper or pixels on a computer screen.
For years now, SketchUp users of all skill levels have provided 3D models to the world through 3D Warehouse. We’re continually surprised by the breadth of 3D Warehouse contributions, but for a while now, we’ve been wondering how to help people make good models great.
There are many amazing things you can do with the Profile Builder 2 extension, but we were particularly inspired by the way John Brock of BrockWorks, Inc. uses it to swiftly create 3D foundation walls from 2D wall sections – basically, his own custom, parametric wall assemblies.