Seeds Studios: Removing Uncertainty By Experience the Design Before It’s Built
I’m a licensed, LEED Accredited and NCARB Certified Architect working in California. After graduating in 2008, I discovered that success in one area can support my interests in other opportunities. So I’m involved in several ventures simultaneously. In addition to teaching at local colleges Mt. San Antonio College and El Camino College, I’m running an architectural practice, Seeds Studios. My wife and I run a philanthropic organization. I also enjoy supporting the family restaurant. All of these various ventures really keep me energized! Being involved in several opportunities at once never get boring!
I picked up Revit pretty quickly in 2008 while in design school. At that time, there wasn’t much support from professors or other students so I pretty much had to figure it out myself. It didn’t take long to realize that using Revit in architectural school made perfect sense. There were huge time savings in producing plans, elevations, and sections directly within a single application rather than use separate programs like AutoCAD, SketchUp, Rhino, Photoshop, etc. I soon was submitting all of my work in Revit.
Overall, I find the daily demands of taking on many, various interests to be more joyful than the settling for one thing and not being interested enough. I’m really enthusiastic about what I do and the impact I can have doing many things successfully I hope!
I can’t imagine working any other way. Enscape (www.enscape3d.com) is completely integrated with my Revit workflow. I don’t have time to push the rendering button and then wait. I need to be able to show my clients the design in a way that makes complete sense to them. The kind of work I do is very personal and the client wants to be completely involved. Enscape gives me and the client the ability to experience the space from any angle as we would in real life. This is really important to build confidence and understanding for the client and everyone involved. It demonstrates I’m really thinking about the project in a holistic way.
Even early on in a project, Enscape allows me to show the client what the space will feel like before committing to materials or other finishes. Once we get to the material stage, we’re able to quickly look at alternative options, as well as fixtures, finishes, and furnishing. Enscape allows us to really get down to the details. This saves the client time and money by seeing the space as it will be built. Enscape helps them to make informed decisions. Revit’s really great at quantities and coordination, but really lacks a user friendly client experience without heavy rendering times.
The other thing I like is to keep my workflow really streamlined. The fewer clicks the more efficient and effective. I’d rather leverage a few tools to do a lot, rather than a lot of tools to do a little. In so many ways, Enscape is an extension of Revit as opposed to another application. And the learning curve is incredibly small.
My typical workflow is to use two screens, with Revit open on one screen and Enscape open on the other. The client can see plans, sections and elevations on one screen and the realistic, explorable view on the other. It’s the best of both worlds. Once you’ve used Enscape, there is no going back. And the same goes for the client. Showing the client their project in Revit is just not enough. They need to walk through it in Enscape to really experience it.
The greatest thing about Enscape is knowing that what I’m showing a client is actually what is inside their Revit project. In many cases, I’m doing presentations over a screen-share and may only show the Enscape view. Revit is happily running in the background and when I need to make changes they immediately update in Enscape for the client’s approval.
The bottom line is that I want to provide a great design through effective collaboration while giving the client a real peace of mind. Enscape removes any uncertainty about the the design and overall project before it’s built. Enscape completely supports the motto of Seeds Studios: “We help owners see the forest before planting the seeds.”
I think the power of Enscape is the combination of beautiful, amazing graphics with ease-of-use. I don’t need Enscape to become a coordination tool. Coordination comes intuitively through just using Enscape. Keep the focus on clear, precise and beautiful visualization.
Glad we had the chance to chat about how Enscape is really helping improve collaboration between me, my consultants, and my clients. I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future of Enscape!