Blueist Team


Brad McDonald, Past President of the San Fernando Chapter of the AIA, is the founder of Blueist. He sets a high standard of instruction with an emphasis on real-world practical applications. As an owner of Reveal Studios, he led the design of many award-winning projects, including single and multi-family residences, churches, restaurants, and international projects for Disney Imagineering.

Principal Instructor

James O. Ward

Jim graduated from Arizona State University in 1970 and spent ten years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve Corps of Engineers. In the 1980s, Jim was principal at Varney Sexton Lunsford Aye Associates in Phoenix, where he designed many municipal buildings. In 1991 he became a certified AutoCAD instructor, and then worked with the Southwest Division of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) until 2006, where he evangelized the use of AutoCAD, leading the effort to train and distribute access to AutoCAD across the command, while also supervising the design and construction of a wide variety of naval facilities. Following his love of teaching and training young architects, Jim went on to provide in-office training, mentoring, and consultation to the NAVFAC staff, developing video training modules with voiceover to supplement live training.