Your trainers

We've assembled a dream-team of trainers with comprehensive knowledge of all things ARCHICAD. In addition to presentations and group sessions, your trainers will be available for one-on-one instruction through the ARCHICAD Concierge program.

 

KEYNOTE speaker

Eugenio Fontan – BIM Director & Co-Founder, Enzyme APD Limited

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Eugenio is the BIM Director of Enzyme, a BIM Architecture Design Office that develops Architecture, Masterplan and Interior projects on an international scale. Eugenio is based in Hong Kong and has more than 10 years of experience developing different types of projects using BIM. He obtained his Master’s Degree at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSAM) in Architecture, Construction and Urban planning, and worked in several offices in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the UK before moving back to Hong Kong to found Enzyme.

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Enzyme uses BIM for design and to support other companies in their evolution to smarter workflows. This team of young and talented international designers is passionate about technology and how its implementation can enhance the design process, the quality of the work, and work-life balance. They work all around the Asian-Pacific region, the Middle East and Europe with some of the biggest names in the AEC Industry.

Download the Enzyme Team Curriculum Vitae & Company Profile

 

Trainers

Márta Molnár - Product Manager & Architect at GRAPHISOFT HQ

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Márta Molnár is an ARCHICAD Product Manager at GRAPHISOFT HQ, an architect and a trainer. With nearly 20 years of ARCHICAD experience, she has an extensive knowledge of the program and is currently responsible for new features in the upcoming versions.

Márta is a licensed Architect with more than 10 years of industry experience, including the roles of BIM Manager and Lead Architect. Márta has a broad understanding of BIM's role in the AEC industry, from both the architect's and the software vendor's point of view. As an Architect, she spent 8 years in the UK helping two large companies implement ARCHICAD and BIM into their everyday life, creating their office template files, CAD protocols and training their staff.

Márta has more than 10 years of training experience, and as a hobby, teaches ARCHICAD at the Technical University of Budapest.

Márta loves travelling, cycling, drinking good wine and chilling by any water, as she was born and raised by Lake Balaton - the biggest freshwater lake in Central Europe. Photography is her passion! Oh and certainly ARCHICAD!

 

Ákos Karóczkai - BIM Consultant at GRAPHISOFT HQ

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Ákos Karóczkai is a BIM Consultant and Parametric Design expert at GRAPHISOFT, the developer of ARCHICAD based in Budapest, Hungary.

He graduated from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics as an architect. Working at GRAPHISOFT for almost 4 years, first as Technical Support engineer, then as BIM Consultant he took part in the GRAPHISOFT - McNeel collaboration to connect the leading BIM software solution (ARCHICAD) with the leading Parametric Design solutions (Rhino and Grasshopper). As a Parametric Design expert and BIM Consultant, he is responsible for trainings, creating demo materials and spreading new technologies at conferences and expos. His passion is to test new technologies and experiment with Rhino-Grasshopper connected to ARCHICAD.

Ákos enjoys eating all kinds of foods, accompanied by any kind of beer preferably in various points of the globe. He is an architect by education but a gaming geek by passion and a fierce board game enthusiast. Stay on your toes if it comes to Monopoly or Risk!

 

Monte Chapin - Business Process Leader at GRAPHISOFT North America

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Monte Chapin has over 35 years of experience in the architecture and construction industry with high-end residential, multi-family, mixed-use and commercial/retail projects. He integrated ARCHICAD 4.55 into practice and has been passionate about it ever since.

Monte has been mentoring and teaching ARCHICAD - BIM workflows and design processes since 2001. He provides architects, designers, engineers and builders with the knowledge and expertise necessary to leverage new business opportunities with BIM technology.

Monte joined GRAPHISOFT in 2008. Today, as Senior BIM Consultant and Business Process Leader, he’s helping to strategize and advance new methodologies using ARCHICAD in the AEC industry for design, construction and operations. Promoting effective collaboration, coordination and communication through new efficiencies and optimization using ARCHICAD, Open BIM and other GRAPHISOFT technologies like BIMx and BIMcloud. Monte has championed companies to rethink and revise their competitive business strategies to integrate GRAPHISOFT technologies and processes into their organizations and respective business models.

Monte is a member of the buildingSMART alliance, serving on the Design Work Group and Project Committee for the NBIMS-US Version 2 and on the Product Development, Implementation and Market Education Subcommittees for the NBIMS US version 3. Additionally, he’s also a member of the OmniClass Technology Sponsor Group and OmniClass Development Committee.

Monte lives in Northern Idaho and enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, hiking and all the amenities of the Inland Northwest. He holds a commercial pilot’s license, with ASEL/AMEL/Instrument ratings. He is working toward earning a glider rating and is looking forward to really playing in the Pacific Northwest in a new ICON A5.

 

Chuck Kottka - Architect AIA - BIM Manager at Orcutt|Winslow

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Chuck is an Architect, Project Manager, Notorious Rebel, and BIM Manager proudly serving over 70 design technology denizens. With more than 22 years of experience speaking fluent ARCHICAD, he intuitively solves daily computer calamities, plans workflows with a holistic view of the technology carousel, and diligently hammers away at what will someday be considered a BIM Template Masterpiece.

Hailing from the Great Lakes and Chicago area, Chuck migrated to the “dry heat” of Arizona upon extricating his degree from Ball State University. It was at BSU that, after wandering the wilderness of CAD (and what would someday become BIM), he was introduced to ARCHICAD 4.55 by a renegade associate professor with a decrepit Mac II. It was this discovery that shifted his focus from the doomed art of hand drafting to the digital realm, even stepping into CAD management as an Intern in a small Illinois firm. He has since developed other skills in Information Technology, being the go-to guy for technical problems of all types.  He now serves as a walking instruction manual, when not wearing a hard hat and managing real-life construction projects.

Headquartered in Arizona, Orcutt|Winslow specializes in the design of people-oriented architecture, offering management, planning, visualization, and interior design. They have trusted ARCHICAD since the early 90’s. Their clients range from national healthcare providers to local universities, school districts and governmental agencies across the nation. Chuck supports the whole firm, but primarily works on K-12 education projects… especially the tough ones.

Chuck finds that vigorous weight lifting, not-so-vigorous sailing, and extremely casual brewing (and drinking) beer are effective antidotes to the rigors of architectural practice. He also builds model planes and cars, since it seems model buildings usually involve deadlines, and are better left to BIMx.

 

James Murray - Associate at Rill Architects

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James has over 20 years of experience using ARCHICAD in custom residential architecture. At Rill Architects in Bethesda, Maryland, he has developed comprehensive template and library solutions, greatly increasing efficiency for all projects, regardless size or style.

James has been a Beta tester since ARCHICAD 9, and works with Graphisoft as a user consultant. He is a BIM enthusiast who takes a pragmatic, user-focused, approach to ARCHICAD. James is highly proficient in GDL. He loves what it can do, hates how it works, and understands completely if you want nothing to do with it. Let’s see how far we can get without it! (And, maybe, get a little farther with just a little bit of it.)

For 15 years he has hosted OnLand.info, probably the oldest ARCHICAD blog on the web. Here he shares tips and insights on all aspects of professional ARCHICAD use, in order to grow the ARCHICAD community and help users see the technology’s potential.

James decamped Florida in the early 90s for the Washington DC area, where he enjoys four seasons, endurance sports, beer, the Nationals, and his daughter finally being able to drive herself places.

 

Link Ellis - ARCHICAD Technical Director at BIM6x

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Link is a passionate BIM Implementer, specializing in ARCHICAD Training & Templates. With over 20 years in the industry, Link has extensive experience and knowledge of ARCHICAD. Clients have requested his services as far afield as the USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, Australia, India, and the Middle East. 

Link has a long-standing relationship with Graphisoft’s ARCHICAD development team, communicates with their technical support team daily, and has visited Graphisoft headquarters in Budapest, Hungary on several occasions. Link is also an award-winning ARCHICAD alpha and beta tester since 2003, member of multiple ARCHICAD forums, and a highly respected and well-liked member of the ARCHICAD community.

As a former BIM Manager for a large architectural firm in Australia, Link has a proven track record for delivering custom templates and training solutions that provide positive results in efficiency, profitability and morale.

Link loves to travel, spend time with his family, drink beer and mountain bike single track. Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, Link now lives in gorgeous Ketchum/Sun Valley in Idaho and apart from missing the ocean, he absolutely loves living in the mountains!

 

KEVIN WICHMANN - PRESIDENT OF CADDESIGNS

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Kevin Wichmann has been using, training and supporting BIM for over 25 years. This old dog is not only a well-known trainer, but as president of CADDesigns has also completed over 400 successful projects. Kevin's expertise is in starting with a blank file and ending up with a successful well organized BIM project.

Kevin lives in Golden, CO (home of Coors), is married and has a dog that likes to attack visitors. He loves golfing, biking and drinking Margaritas! He claims that he has used ARCHICAD for over half his life and he’s still no good at it (which is a big fat lie)!

Chris Clark (Master of Ceremonies) - ARCHICAD Solutions Director at BIM6x

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Chris received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the University of Idaho in 1991. His internship included working for an architectural firm, a design/build firm, as well as working in residential construction. After several years, he began to focus more on architectural technology. In 1996, he founded Visual Motion, Inc. offering architectural and technology consulting to architects and builders throughout the intermountain west. It was then where Chris saw ARCHICAD for the first time while exploring different CAD options for the company. He was blown away by the power of ARCHICAD, which led to him becoming an ARCHICAD Solution Provider.

Ever since, Chris has focused his career on providing solutions and services utilizing this incredible technology. His passion for sharing this technology is evident in his trainings and workshops. He has successfully implemented ARCHICAD in hundreds of firms over the last 22 years. He has also worked on hundreds of consulting projects providing services from design to production/documentation and rendering/animation.

Chris loves fishing and the outdoors along with all sports, especially soccer. He also enjoys cooking, hanging with family and friends, and volunteering when time permits. 

 

Guest Speakers

 

JAKE TIMMONS, P.E. - Senior Associate at RiverStone Structural Concepts

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Jake Timmons is a licensed professional engineer specializing in structural engineering. Jake has over 10 years of experience providing structural engineering services on a wide array of projects including bridges, industrial, residential, commercial, mid-rise and hospitality structures. As a Senior Associate at Riverstone Structural Concepts, the foremost leading experts in structural engineering integration in ARCHICAD in the United States, Jake has 8 years of experience using ARCHICAD as his firm’s sole drafting and modeling platform. He works with architects in all 50 states collaboratively through the BIM Server and ARCHICAD technology.

Jake enjoys listening to music (country mostly), playing the piano and guitar, skiing in the winter and golfing in the summer.

 

Ken Adler, AIA - Principal at KA DesignWorks, Inc.

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Ken specializes in high-end residential and hospitality design as principal of KA DesignWorks, a small architecture and interiors firm with offices in Colorado and North Carolina. Well known for his ability to facilitate visualization of the design process, Ken effortlessly engages and involves the clients to best understand their needs and desires.  An ARCHICAD user since 1996 with version 4.55, Ken is a renowned expert and speaker on the incorporation of ARCHICAD into the design process, applying this knowledge to his firm in order to dramatically reduce production times, solve problems and put out "fires" throughout all phases of the design and construction process. The firm's latest endeavors incorporate point clouds, aerial mapping, and virtual reality within the design process.

Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech, and is a member of AIA. He brings unbridled enthusiasm and a wealth of professional experience to every project he takes on. Loving nothing more than hearing a client rave to others about how thrilled they are with their new build, he is dedicated to innovation in design and technology, and to building successful client relationships that stand the test of time.

Alongside his wonderful wife and two sons, Ken enjoys extracurricular activities such as biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, snowboarding and skiing. In addition to being an avid landscape and architectural photographer he strives to make the most of living the dream in Colorado with his family.