Jared Banks

Jared Banks AIA, was raised in New England (Connecticut), educated in Texas (Rice University), and worked in Minnesota for eight years before moving to Seattle, Washington. He has written over 800 articles and blog posts about BIM, ARCHICAD, and the relationship between the practice of architecture and technology. When he’s not helping people use ARCHICAD more effectively, Jared is either designing residential projects for his clients at Shoegnome Architects or hanging out with his wife and daughters.

BIM: the I stands for IFC

BIM: the I stands for IFC

There is a common misconception among firms doing small projects that we don’t need much or any Information in our files. By Information, I mean the “I” in BIM, which BIM aficionados love to pontificate about. Let’s consider the traditional...
Your first task when switching to BIM

Your first task when switching to BIM

There is no If. There is only When. While reflecting on ten years of using ARCHICAD, I wrote about my friend Jon. Maybe you clicked on the hyperlink on his name. If you did, you probably read a few of his articles. He’s written some great posts. Two of my...
Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

A lot has happened since 2006 As of January 2016, I have been using ARCHICAD for ten years. I first used ARCHICAD while working for the Nelson Tremain Partnership in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Below is a rendering I did for them in 2006 using ARCHICAD 9’s brand new...
12 Steps For Starting a New Project in ARCHICAD

12 Steps For Starting a New Project in ARCHICAD

When designing by hand, the steps to starting a new project are simple: grab a writing implement, a surface to write on, and start being creative. As long as you have a pencil, pen, crayon… and a notebook, napkin, scrap of plywood… you are ready to go. If...
Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

Sun Studies and moving beyond what we always did

To end my post on the Where, When, and Who of renderings, I did a quick sun study. Like I mentioned in my followup article on bettering siding, I was just showing off what we can do in ARCHICAD. Here’s the video: With CineRender it is so easy to make cool...
From CineRender to the 3D Window

From CineRender to the 3D Window

In my article on lap siding and baked on shadows, I discussed creating an image-based Surface. Starting with a photo, I walked through the steps required to get a nice looking model in the 3D Window, and a strong starting point for developing renderings throughout the...
Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

Lap Siding and Baked On Shadows

In my previous post, I wrote about the creation of a simple rendering. Or really I talked about incorporating existing conditions to improve a basic rendering. The focus was on site context—location, time, and also the viewer/client. But there was one other piece of...
Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

Maximized Work Environments in ARCHICAD

I’ve been thinking a lot about Work Environments since ARCHICAD 19 was released. ARCHICAD 19: now is the time to fix your Work Environment Shoegnome Work Environment for ARCHICAD 19 An ARCHICAD Work Environment that supports how you work is going to save time,...
Easy but not Obvious

Easy but not Obvious

A reader of mine had an issue with my ARCHICAD 19 Work Environment. He was an experienced user—in subsequent conversations, I believe he mentioned he first learned ARCHICAD 4.55—but the differences in my Work Environment (WE) had left him stumbling. In the end we...
Sloppy Modeling that isn’t Making Me Sad

Sloppy Modeling that isn’t Making Me Sad

One of the reasons why I love working in ARCHICAD is that there is no one true way to use the software. There are specific tools for various building elements, but you don’t HAVE to use them. You could build a model without using the Wall Tool. You could make...
Label-hysteria! It all looks the same!?

Label-hysteria! It all looks the same!?

I’m going a bit bonkers for Labels in ARCHICAD 19 Label-mania! Where does your data live? Label-insanity! How do I show all the Data? Within minutes of sharing my previous Label post, Patrick May (Walker Warner BIM Blog) made this comment: Now even a simple ID...
Label-insanity! How do I show all the Data?

Label-insanity! How do I show all the Data?

In my last post I wrote about where your data lives—in the View, in the Element, or in the Project—and then talked about how that relates to the improved Labeling capabilities of ARCHICAD 19. If you haven’t read that post, please do. In this post I want to talk...
Label-mania! Where does your data live?

Label-mania! Where does your data live?

The image above is a reference to this article about the art historical context of BIM. That image is on my mind because it’s central to the talk I’m giving next month at the CRAN Symposium in Minneapolis. It’s probably more accurate to say the first...
New ARCHICAD, New Windows OS, New Mac OS, repeat.

New ARCHICAD, New Windows OS, New Mac OS, repeat.

I rarely put warnings before my blog posts. I think I will today: upgrading software is a complex yet super simple decision. The discussion that follows is an attempt to navigate that contradiction. Converging Forces Over on my blog, there are two regular features...
Avoid unnecessary fixes: do not chase ghosts

Avoid unnecessary fixes: do not chase ghosts

Can you see what’s wrong with this image? That’s a trick question. There is nothing wrong with anything in the image. It’s all fine. You could get nit-picky and say that the brick color is wrong (but you didn’t know that). Or you could say that...
How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

How to Name Things in ARCHICAD

Jeff’s Wall blw Parapet but Above Transom_Current_NotUsed-Active.2D 02042015 Is it a Layer? A Composite? A Complex Profile? A Fill? A Surface? A Detail? A Worksheet? A file? Who knows. But we can guess which one of our coworkers created it…and when. And we...
Working Faster Than Ever in ARCHICAD 19

Working Faster Than Ever in ARCHICAD 19

A typical year has four seasons. I’m not talking about Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. No. I’m talking about the AEC software seasons of Version Anticipation, Version Announcement, Version Release, and Version Exploration. We are deep into Version...
Company blogs for ARCHICAD users

Company blogs for ARCHICAD users

I mentioned in one of my recent posts that user groups don’t need special online groups or dedicated blogs, mostly because they are too small to create critical mass. I stand by that comment, but there is another type of small organization that greatly benefits...
How to start and grow an ArchiCAD User Group (Introduction)

How to start and grow an ArchiCAD User Group (Introduction)

I wrote about the future of the ArchiCAD community in my recap post of the 2015 BIM Conference and challenged people to step up. I have not been disappointed with the results. The first e-mail I got was from Adam Lasota. Adam is looking to start a user group in his area (New York City). There actually already is a user group, but it’s not as active and healthy as he’d like. He is working with two great local Graphisoft employees, but he was looking for advice on how to energize the group and make the meetings something everyone wanted to attend.

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