Evolution Weekly 66 // A Behind the Scenes Project Reveal Just for You

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Today is a particularly fine day!

Evolving Architect is, well… evolving. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but I’m finally able to talk about the big project I’ve been working on behind the scenes.

A Change Over Time

About 6 months ago, I began seriously considering the future of Evolving Architect. I could see how much I enjoyed teaching and I knew that it would play a huge part in the way EA would continue to change.

Hopefully by now you’ve had a chance to see some of the ‘Workshop Wednesdays’ video series I’ve collaborated on with AIA Buffalo/WNY. (If not, you can check them out at the Evolving Architect YouTube Channel). I began that series, in part, because I wanted to get out there more and help as many people as I could through video. 

At the same time, the workshops have given me tons of great feedback related to what people seem to be interested in and, more importantly, what they need the most help with.

To that end, I decided to tackle those issues head on and have developed a fully-guided, online video course I’ve called ‘SketchUp Architecture.’

Evolving Architect Presents

SketchUp Architecture

A Guided Introduction to SketchUp and 3D Modeling for Architects

It’s a BIG step for me and it’s a positive step forward for us. I want to get to the issues you may be having right now in your career and help you work past them.

This course is for those who are serious about building a 3D Modeling skill set to level up their architecture career. It’s everything I wish I knew when I started using SketchUp as a creative designer and an architect. Through these video lessons, I share each step of the successful workflow I've used on my own projects. 

The course covers every step along the process of planning, modeling, editing, and completing a basic house model in SketchUp.

So why SketchUp?

After the first few Workshops, I noticed that there seemed to be a fair amount of people engaging with the SketchUp sessions specifically. I was getting some really great questions and people asking for more.

It helps that I’ve also been using the software for over 11 years now. I’ve been guiding my peers through SketchUp for almost nearly as long. It’s by no means a complicated program, but it’s definitely one that you should pay attention to and utilize whenever possible.

Not to mention how in demand it is! According to a recent survey, SketchUp is the Third-highest requirement of new hires at some of the most elite firms worldwide. (Source: Black Spectacles)

Most other programs have much steeper learning curves. While that can yield a wider range of results in some ways, it also requires a much higher investment in time to understand them.

Put simply, SketchUp is like the Architecture software gateway drug. A fundamental understanding of SketchUp can help you cut that time down by getting to know easier concepts in a practical software first.

What if you could learn SketchUp so well that the other programs just started making sense to you? What if you could integrate SketchUp into workflows with programs you already know? What if knowing SketchUp like the back of your hand could give you more opportunities at your job?

SketchUp is probably one of the most versatile programs to learn 3D modeling with and it’s among the easiest to break into. The problem is that it could take you years to master the basics.

So What Now?

The SketchUp Architecture Course will officially go on Pre-Sale next week and will be available to students starting on March 1st, 2017. After that, they will have lifetime access to it.

Yep, as in forever.

And don’t worry, everything on the blog is still completely, 100% free. I’m developing this course as way to build something better and brighter for the Evolving Architect Community.

I’m doing this because I want to help you become the best version of yourself in your career. I truly believe that adding useful skills to your personal toolkit and building upon them is one of the best ways to do just that.

More details on this very, very soon.

Thanks for being awesome!



Thank you so much for letting me share this with you.

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Ok, that’s all for now. In the mean time, let's connect on Linkedin and discuss more topics like this on the Blog.


      Michael LaValley

      Buffalo, NY