Vectorworks Online Training Courses

Video training course from Vectorworks guru Jonathan Pickup.

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Vectorworks Foundation 2019

The purpose of this course is to teach you the basic concepts of Vectorworks. It is always tempting to try to avoid these basic concepts, but these are the ones that make you truly effective at Vectorworks. It is tempting to try and avoid this course and go to a more advanced one, but that is a mistake. This is the course you need if you really want to use Vectorworks effectively. It is important therefore to work through all the movies and exercises. You may not understand why you are learning a specific technique – but trust me – to use Vectorworks effectively you will need to learn that technique. I know that you want to make progress as soon as possible – I want that too! I have taught thousands of people to use Vectorworks effectively using the manual that this course is based upon. They have become very effective at using Vectorworks because they worked through all the exercises.

Course outline:

Module 1 – Introduction to Vectorworks

Module 2 – Introduction to 3D Modeling

Module 3 – Creating Drawings

Module 4 – Drawing Buildings

Module 5 – Scheduling and Reporting

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to navigate the Vectorworks interface.

  • Learn fundamental Vectorworks concepts.

  • Learn how basic 3D modeling concepts.

  • Learn how to Vectorworks creates drawings.

  • Learn how to create drawings from a 3D model.

  • Learn how to annotate drawings.

  • Learn how to create a simple building.

  • Learn how to count and report objects in a project.

Let’s get started! Total video running time 8:05:05

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Vectorworks Building Information Modeling (Architect) 2019

Many people talk about BIM these days, it is an important way to create drawings. This course is an introduction to using Building Information Modeling with Vectorworks Architect and it has been designed to teach you the concepts of BIM and how to use the Vectorworks Architect in the most productive way. It has all been brought together in a concise course.

In this course you will draw a simple two story project that will teach you the basics of BIM. We will start with first principle and work through creating a Building Model that will allow us to create plans, sections, and elevations. We will progress through site modeling, solar studies, rendering 3D views, internal room elevations, and details.

By the end of the course attendees should be able to create a Building Information Model and create drawings from it.

Course outline:

Session 1 – Setting Up the Project

Session 2 – Concept Modelling

Session 3 – Creating the Building

Session 4 – Creating Doors and Windows

Session 5 – Internal Fixtures

Session 6 – Creating Drawings and Exporting BIM Information

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to start a project and set up the file.

  • Learn how to use the Vectorworks modeling tools for conceptual design.

  • Learn how to create a building.

  • Learn how to create and control window and door styles.

  • Learn how to place internal fixtures and learn where to find the resources.

  • Learn how to create and link drawings together.

  • Learn how to create reports and export BIM Information

Let’s get started! Total video running time 11:27:51

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Vectorworks 3D Modeling 2017

This course covers one of the best parts of Vectorworks, creating 3D models. It is really fun and rewarding to create the forms you want and be able to move around them to view your work from different angles.

This course starts with an introduction to modeling in Vectorworks. This section explainsthe basic concepts you need to create complex models effectively. There are a series of modeling exercises designed to show you how individual tools and commands work. Some of these exercises will use a few tools or commands together to show you the flow of work from a simple block to the final model.

Following the Introduction, there is an architectural modeling exercise to bring several modeling tools, commands, and concepts together to develop a model and create drawings from it.


The next part of the course is an introduction to Subdivision Modeling. Subdivision modelling is a very powerful and flexible way of creating complex forms. It is also a new way of creating objects and Vectorworks. This chapter will introduce you to the concepts behind subdivision modelling and show you how to use this to create specific objects.


The final part of the course is a bus stop exercise. The aim of this project is to work through a long series of exercises to create a final project. You will learn how to break the project down into small parts and model each of these. You will learn how to do more advanced modeling by making street furniture, how to use some of the advanced tools for creating curved 3D models, and how to move through a series of tools and commands to get the model that you want.


When you are drawing in Vectorworks, draw the objects to the correct real-world sizes regardless of the scale of the layer that you are working on.

It is much easier to maximize the potential of Vectorworks by using objects to draw with, as they can be easily edited (for example, doors, windows, rectangles, etc.). You could say that Vectorworks is designed to draw with objects.

When you want to draw shapes, you may be tempted to use lines and arcs to draw the shape. Always try to draw with solid shapes, rectangles, and polygons. I have created a series of exercises that show you how to make complex shapes out of simple shapes by adding the shapes together or by clipping a portion of a simple shape away to make a complex shape.

It’s very important that you use these new drawing methods to draw your buildings, landscapes, or models.