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Welcome to Archoncad

Vectorworks Tutorials and Vectorworks Training

Are you looking for the best Vectorworks Training? If so, you have come to the right place. We have been teaching Vectorworks for over 20. We have been designing and presenting Vectorworks courses for over 17 years. These course have been updated with every version of Vectorworks, they have been made in into self-paced manuals sold by Vectorworks Inc, they have been presented face-to-face in clasrooms, and now these courses are avialable online.

1000's of users have learned Vectorworks using this training, and you can too. These courses are designed to teach you the most important aspects of Vectorworks, while allowing you to work at your own pace.

What People Say

What real people said about Archoncad.

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“One of the training manuals we have at the office is Jonathan Pickup’s Vectorworks Essentials. Jonathan’s book is clear, methodical, systematic and thorough. He’s pioneered mixing text, video and training files to produce manuals that are easy to follow, with deceptively simple exercises that elegantly capture the skills everyone needs to use Vectorworks to its fullest. You might think you’re buying a book, but you’re really getting a whole training curriculum.”

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“Jonathan’s teaching methods, as typified in his Essentials Tutorial Manual, are superb. His manner of explaining techniques, tasks and tools is wonderfully clear, concise and well illustrated. Following the lessons in the manual guided me to build up my Vectorworks skills with ease. This manual is perhaps the single best resource available for developing a solid foundation with the application.”

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“His approach to teaching the skill makes the complex seem simple.”



“I have been a Vectorworks user for the past ten years.  I’ve developed a pretty reliable set of hatches and symbols and have always enjoyed its object-based logic and its native feel on a Mac.  That said, I’ve never taken advantage of the BIM or 3D aspects of the program.  It always seemed unnecessarily complicated and not worth the time to learn.  Well, the time to learn has arrived, but the complicated interface never became more intuitive.  I search the Vectorworks manual and website, user forums, and everything else that was FREE.  All were disappointing.  The information never seemed complete or it was too convoluted.  It seemed that time was running out to learn BIM, so I bought a subscription to Jonathan Pickup’s Archoncad.  It was cheaper than classroom training and even the books available on  I figured that if the subscription didn’t prove effective, I would have spent the least amount of money.  NOT SO!  I found the website immediately useful.  The videos are great as well as the manuals.  I highly recommend Archoncad to Vectorworks users.”




“I think the online subscription group works very well for a lot of Vectorworks users at all levels of experience and expertise, but especially in my case where I’m switching from hand drafting and had very little real-world CAD experience. Thanks for all your help, I’m finally feeling confident enough to use Vectorworks in most of my design work, and my clients have appreciated the results.”




“I have been able to change my business model to one who can provide modeling, rendering, presentations, and construction document production to otherarchitects. I am enjoying my work more than I ever have, business is picking up, I am making more money, and most importantly I am providing a much betterproduct to the people I am serving. Thank you Jonathan!”

What you will learn online

BIM Training and Archicad Tutorials

This website covers the best parts of Vectorworks. It is really fun and rewarding to complete a Vectorworks course online, you will learn about:

  • BIM models
  • BIM components
  • BIM library components
  • BIM architecture
  • BIM construction

You will be able to create the projects you want and will learn how to design a project and think from different angles. We have Vectorworks training classes for high school students and college students.

You may be asking yourself.

How can you create this coffee machine? This coffee machine is mainly made from simple extruded objects with a couple of complex curves. How can I design this BIM 3D model?

Our online Vectorworks courses explain the basic concepts you need to create complex models effectively. Each online series provides modelling exercises designed to show you how individual tools and commands work. Some of the exercises on Archoncad will use a few tools or commands together to show you the flow of work from a simple block to the final model.

Fine tune you BIM Architecture Knowledge

Vectorworks Tutorials

Following your Vectorworks course introduction, you will be introduced to architectural modeling exercises to bring several modeling tools, commands, and concepts together to develop a models.

The final part of your training will include a project to work through a long series of exercises to create a final project. You will learn how to break your project down into small parts and model each of these. Archoncad will teach you how to do more advanced modelling, how to use some of the advanced tools for creating curved 3D models, and how to move through a series of tools and commands to get the model that you want.

Learn about drawing in Vectorworks, our courses will show you how to draw the objects to the correct real-world sizes regardless of the scale of the layer that you are working on.

I think you’ll agree with me when i say:

It is really hard when you are drawing in Vectorworks, draw the objects to the correct real-world sizes regardless of the scale of the layer that you are working on.

Or is it?

This website is intended to be used with the standard Vectorworks workspace. After you have completed your online course, you can carry out the 3D modelling you want with more efficiency.

Over 1000 Students and Growing

A Thank you from Archoncad

We want to thank you for completing our courses. You might be wondering if there is more to the Vectorworks program. There is! We have other courses available and are adding new Vectorworks courses each month.

If you want someone to help you while you work through the courses, or if you just want someone to help you learn Vectorworks, you can contact me, as this is a service that I offer:

All of our previous courses and movies are searchable on our website, giving you access to more than 60 course subjects and thousands of tutorial movies.

Jonathan Pickup is an architect trained in New Zealand and in the United Kingdom with more than 25 years of experience. He received his Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He later spent more than eight years in England where he learned to use several CAD packages, including MiniCad, and began teaching this forerunner of Vectorworks. Upon returning to New Zealand in 1997, he established archoncad, a Vectorworks training and consulting company. He has written several Vectorworks training manuals for architects, landscape architects, educators, and design students. He organizes the New Zealand Vectorworks User Group and provides its main direction. Jonathan Pickup.

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