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.

Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

This is the Eighth post in my extremely long series on Pens and Pen Sets in ArchiCAD. If you need a refresher, here are the other posts: Pen Sets, Part One Pen Sets, Part Two Pen Sets, Part Three Pen Sets, Part Four Pen Sets, Part Five Pen Sets, Part Six Pen Sets,...
ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Part 1: LEGO and Layers

ArchiCAD Layer Theory, Part 1: LEGO and Layers

Right before Thanksgiving a fellow ArchiCAD user sent me a thank you e-mail. He’d downloaded my template and was “still trying to get his head around not needing a gazillon layers…” I wrote back, told him a little about my Layer theory, and...
I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

I want to learn ArchiCAD, where do I start?

“I want to learn ArchiCAD…what should I do?” I get this question ALL the time. And because I am who I am, I often drop everything I’m doing and respond, whether I’m asked via the Internet, over the phone, or in person. If you’ve...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 2)

Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. -Shaker Philosophy In yesterday’s post, I started looking at the question of “How much should I model in...
How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

How much should I model in ArchiCAD? (Part 1)

In a not-so-recent post I discussed how to intelligently dumb down your output. I stressed that it is important to separate the intelligence of the model from that of the documentation. Add everything you can into the model and then curate what your audience sees....
ArchiCAD Connection Add-In for Revit 2015

ArchiCAD Connection Add-In for Revit 2015

Are you collaborating with engineers who are using Revit? Are you exchanging data via IFC rather than dumbing everything down to DWGs? Is that process going as well as you’d like? Are you and your consultants aware of Graphisoft’s continued effort to...
ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet

ArchiCAD Window Display Cheat Sheet

On my personal blog, Shoegnome, I recently wrote about how Twitter can teach you ArchiCAD. You can (and should) read it by clicking here. The title of the post is a bit misleading because I actually spend most of the article giving tips on how one can best take...
Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D: A Hidden Gem

Filter and Cut Elements in 3D isn’t a hidden addition in ArchiCAD 18. It’s been fairly constant for years. ArchiCAD 17’s addition of Building Materials and how elements are displayed in 3D made it way better, but that really wasn’t a change to...
Have you Looked at Zone Stamps Recently?

Have you Looked at Zone Stamps Recently?

At the end of the All the Little Changes in ArchiCAD 18 post I promised more articles focusing on some of the other subtle tweaks to ArchiCAD 18. Have you noticed the huge improvements to the default Zone Stamps? I have… Zone Stamps For years I’ve been...
An Eight Year Old Guess about ArchiCAD 18

An Eight Year Old Guess about ArchiCAD 18

Up until a few months ago, if you typed “ArchiCAD 18” into a search engine, you’d either get some random website that happened to use both the word “ArchiCAD” and the number “18” somewhere in the body of the same article, or...
Saying goodbye to Missing and Duplicate Objects

Saying goodbye to Missing and Duplicate Objects

Our quest for fast and efficient files continues. Somewhat soon I’ll shift the conversation to theory and modeling strategies, but we’ve still got some ground to cover when it comes to happy files. If you are just joining us, here are a few posts for you...
How to keep files running fast and lean.

How to keep files running fast and lean.

Even the smallest of projects can get bogged down, decreasing the speed of everything from selecting an element to generating the 3D window. While ArchiCAD becoming sluggish is bad in itself, this slowness often raises the potential for file crashes. Even if a project doesn’t slow down, an ill-maintained and operated project can also cause more crashes than you should have to deal with.

Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

If you are just joining us, this is the Sixth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Posts Four and Five were recently published on BIM Engine and update my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

Are you ready for ArchiCAD 18?

Are you ready for ArchiCAD 18?

Are you excited about ArchiCAD 18? I sure am. While we wait for June 2014 and the official roll out, it’s worth looking at the big picture of what this release signifies. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to go into all the nitty-gritty of this version soon enough.

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

Pen Sets, Part Five: Babysteps to Energy Analysis

If you are just joining us, this is the fifth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Post Four was recently published on BIM Engine and updates my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

Pen Sets, Part Four

Pen Sets, Part Four

A long time ago I wrote three posts about Pen Sets in ArchiCAD. Of everything I’ve contributed to the canon of ArchiCAD knowledge, I am most proud of/adamant about my Pen Set theories. You can find them on Shoegnome or in the official ArchiCADwiki on pen sets....
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