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Business Challenges Series: Finding the right new hire for your Firm

March 22

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  (ET)

Ticket Cost: FREE

Level: Beginner


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In the first of our Online Business Challenges Series, Jared Banks AIA discusses one of the biggest challenges practices face when finding new staff: finding staff with the ‘right’ software experience.

While bringing on new staff who come to the table with the right software experience might seem like an obvious advantage, it might not always be the case. In fact, research suggests that hiring staff that have the right social fit – even if they lack the technical skills – results in staff that are more likely to have greater job satisfaction, remain with their employer longer, and often exhibit increased job performance (https://hbr.org/2015/07/recruiting-for-cultural-fit).

In this candid discussion, Jared will explore the benefits of having an employee with a “clean slate” and outline actionable items to help you get new hires up to speed with your firm’s BIM protocol quickly.

As a long-term user of ARCHICAD, Jared Banks, AIA, will also share his experiences in using ARCHICAD and discuss the process of adopting a new software, along with the features that support a design/build firm.

Additionally, Jared will discuss software onboarding techniques with Eduardo J. Rolón Bonilla, AIA; a leading educator with decades of experience teaching BIM software at the student and professional level. His insight into the challenges that come with teaching software can energize your approach to on-boarding new staff.

Jared and Eduardo will also:

  • Share their favorite tips and tricks to instruct new users
  • Discuss strategies for keeping all team members engaged with regular software ‘brush-up’ sessions
  • Discuss intuitive BIM software products which are considered easy to learn, including ARCHICAD
  • Describe some of the key functions of ARCHICAD that all new employees need to know.

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About your Presenters:

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 in 2014. He has written hundreds of 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.

Eduardo J. Rolón Bonilla, AIA is an architect and professor. In his nearly two decades of work as an architect, Rolón has worked on projects of varying sizes, both in the public and private sector of the Caribbean and South Florida. In addition to having his own practice and serving as a BIM consultant to different architectural offices he has served as the director of the digital studio for the School of Architecture of the University of Puerto Rico (1998-2005) and School of Architecture of Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico since 2005. He taught at the bachelor and master’s level at those academic institutions. Rolón received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. He currently teaches Advanced Design Studio, Construction Documents, ARCHICAD and CAD classes at Arqpoli Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.



March 22
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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About your Presenter

Jared Banks is well known for his Shoegnome Blog, Jared has written over 800 articles about BIM, ARCHICAD, and the relationship between the practice of architecture and technology.
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