VectorWorks User Kevin Shertz wins AIA Design Excellence Award

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[prMac.com] Columbia, Maryland - January 24, 2008 - Chestertown, Maryland, architect Kevin M. Shertz, AIA, was awarded a 2007 Citation for Architectural Excellence at the AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter Design Gala. The award was presented for Hollywood Beach House, a new single-family residence located in Chesapeake City, Maryland, which Shertz designed using VectorWorks Architect software.

"When I established my own practice in 2005, I used it as an opportunity to review all the CAD solutions available at the time," said Shertz. "Whether I need complex BIM capabilities or straightforward 2D output, VectorWorks Architect offers a flexible tool set, which enables me to take on projects of different sizes without sacrificing functionality or quality. As a young practice, that flexibility gives me a competitive edge, especially in a turbulent construction market."

Of the residence itself, Shertz said, "The project was a lot of fun to work on. I had an adventurous client who shared my philosophy that a well-designed space doesn't need to be gargantuan, and he was looking to live in a house that reflected his deep family history in Cecil County. Using VectorWorks Architect , the house was designed as though it had been built over an extended period of time. It included details such as a timber-framed wing and different types of windows and siding to create spaces with their own unique character."

Mr. Shertz began his architecture practice in 2005. He is a 1992 graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Art and Design and a 1995 graduate of Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania. A complete listing of the AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter design award winners is located at the AIA Chesapeake Bay website. Kevin Shertz's award winning residence can be seen at his website.

Nemetschek, North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of European software giant The Nemetschek Group. A global leader in design technologies, Nemetschek N.A. has been developing CAD software for the architecture, engineering and construction; entertainment; landscape design; and manufacturing fields since 1985. VectorWorks, its flagship product, is one of the world's best-selling cross-platform CAD applications and has won many industry awards. The Nemetschek, N.A. family of software includes VectorWorks Fundamentals, Architect, LandWorks, SpotLight, Designer, Machine Design, and RenderWorks.

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