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Team

Blueist educators have decades of experience in architecture & design and the drive to share their serious technical skills needed to excel in a competitive market place.

 

Founders

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.

Jackie David, Cofounder and CFO of Blueist, is an intrinsic member of the team, bringing a business focus to this new training paradigm for architects.

 

Marketing

Al Dinoble rounds out the Blueist executive team. He is a seasoned entertainment veteran, with management and marketing skills that the organization will draw from.

 

Instructors

Blueist educators have decades of experience in architecture & design and the drive to share their serious technical skills needed to excel in a competitive market place.

 

Dennis V. Bayot

Dennis is a well-versed facility designer constantly immersed in multi-million dollar projects. Fluent in Revit and AutoCAD 3D, Dennis has work experience in Southeast Asia and France, most recently as Sr. Facility Designer for Disneyland Shanghai and Disneyland Paris. He was also brought in by Disney staff to facilitate Revit-to-AutoCAD translations of construction documents for a five-building renovation in Anaheim’s California Adventure theme park. Prior to his immersion in theme park construction, he spent several years in Singapore, where he created complete CAD packages for a $15m apartment complex project and was a coordinator in the field design effort of a $100m metro rail hub. He has trained others in AutoCAD, from basic to advanced level, including 3D drafting and customization of software, since 1997. Dennis is fluent in Tagalog.

 

Michael Brightman

Mike earned his masters degree in architecture from Kent State University in Ohio. After graduating, Mike spent several years working in architecture firms, most notably Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative in Denver, CO and Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, FL. Mike is the president and lead instructor of Denver-based Bright Ideas Consultants, where he trains architects, engineers, construction companies, and design professionals to integrate SketchUp Pro into their current workflow. Mike’s book, The SketchUp Workflow for Architecture, outlines his proprietary techniques for leveraging SketchUp Pro during every phase of the design process.

 

Brandon C. Nuckelt

Brandon is a creative and versatile LEED accredited designer working primarily in commercial, mixed use, resort and airport terminal design, including assisting with the interior layout design of LAX terminals 2 & 7. His international design passport has been stamped in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China. He combines his expertise in cutting edge BIM software with a strong fine arts and manual drafting background. Brandon’s technology toolkit includes AutoCAD and Microstation, Revit, Rhino, SketchUp and 3D Studio Max. Brandon is also fluent in French.

 

Carlos A. Ramirez

Carlos has 20 years’ experience as a designer, architect, and project manager. He is fluent in using AutoCAD, Revit, and SketchUp for 3-D modeling, marketing, and presentations. Since 2000, his career has focused primarily on new construction large institutional projects, including the master plan for the Veterans Administration with KAL Architects, University and School work with Perkins & Will and University projects for CO Architects. All of these were Revit and SketchUp-based. Not only is Carlos fluent in mission-critical AEC technologies, he is fluent in Spanish as well.

 

Daniel Tal

Daniel is a registered landscape architect (RLA) and member of ASLA. He has practiced in the architecture and urban design field for more than 14 years. His primary experience is in project management and design work. Daniel’s extensive experience helps him understand what clients require for their project models, training and presentations. Daniel has published two books on SketchUp with Wiley & Sons Publishing: Google SketchUp for Site Design and Rendering in SketchUp. He also writes articles for Landscape Architecture Magazine.

 

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.