Events & Training

Chief Boot Camp

Friday, January 21, 2022, at 10:00 AM PST

Chief Boot Camp

If you are evaluating the software or just getting started using Chief Architect, Chief Boot Camp is a great way to learn the basics of how the software works—and best of all, it's free. In this session, we will cover the following topics:

  • Getting started
  • Defaults & preferences
  • Floor plans & dimensions
  • Roofs & ceilings
  • Framing
  • Kitchens & baths
  • Elevations & 3D views
  • Layouts & construction drawings

Chief Architect Reception

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 4:00 PM PST

Join us on the evening of February 9 for a Chief Architect Reception. Get a sneak peek at our next generation of products, meet Chief Architect staff, and network with other Chief Architect customers. Drinks and hors‑d'oeuvres will be provided. RSVP today.

  • Date: Wednesday February 9, 2022
  • Time: 4–7 PM
  • Location: Rosen Plaza — 2nd Floor, Room TBD
    (Walking distance from the convention center)
    9700 International Drive
    Orlando, FL 32819

New Plan Tips & Space Planning

Thursday, February 17, 2022, at 12:00 PM PST

When you start a new plan for a client, what's the most efficient technique for the file creation and setting defaults before you begin? Now that you're ready to design, is it better to draw in the walls or bubble diagram for space planning? In this session, we will look at the tips and techniques to save time as we begin a new project.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Starting from a Template
  • Setting Defaults (Floors/Roofs)
  • Saving the File & File Management
  • Space Planning
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Massing & Conceptualization

Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 12:00 PM PST

Once you complete the space planning or have a rough idea, it's time to create a conceptual floor plan and roof to visualize the design. And, before you spend too much time on the "perfect" floor plan, you will want to see the idea in 3D, including the roof since both the walls and roof are important for massing size and symmetry.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Drawing Walls from the Conceptual Space Planning
  • Building the Roof
  • Massing — Adjusting Heights & Moving Walls
  • Materials — Changing Wall Types & Other Key Exterior Elements
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Doors & Windows / Schedules & Dimensions

Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 12:00 PM PST

For doors and windows, we will review the default settings to be efficient before they are placed in the plan. For stacked windows over doors or other windows, we will look at the best practice for placement. Once all the openings are placed, the plan dimensions will be updated and the schedules will be created.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Defaults for Openings
  • Header Placement
  • Stacked Openings
  • Door & Window Schedules
  • Plan Dimensions
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Foundations — Crawl, Basement, Slab & Mixed

Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 12:00 PM PST

Foundations in Chief Architect are typically created after the first floor has been determined. The program provides options for several different foundation types depending on the design. We will review the foundation options in this session and then create a specific saved plan view with defaults settings to make the process efficient.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Crawl Spaces
  • Full Basements
  • Slab Foundations
  • Mixed Combination Foundations
  • Foundation Saved Plan Views
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Roofs — Styles, Options & Details

Thursday, March 17, 2022, at 12:00 PM PDT

Chief Architect can create just about any roof style you can imagine. In this session, we will review several roof options for the project, setup the defaults and then finalize one of the styles to best match the design criteria for the project.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Truss or No‑Truss?
  • Roof Defaults
  • Roof Styles
  • Roof Openings
  • Auto & Manual Tips
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Ceilings — Vault, Shed, Trey & A Reflected Plan

Thursday, March 24, 2022, at 12:00 PM PDT

Ceilings can add a unique look and design for a room. Going beyond flat, we will review trey, vault, shed and ceiling height options. Soffits and lighting will be used for depth and interest on an otherwise flat ceiling. Finally, we'll create a saved plan view for the purpose of generating a reflected ceiling plan.

One of our design professionals will be hosting this session, covering the following outline using the Austin Sample Plan, and taking your live questions.

  • Ceiling Heights
  • Vaults & Sheds
  • Trey Ceilings
  • Soffits & Lighting
  • Reflected Ceiling View & Creating a Saved Plan View
Eligible for NKBA CEU Credit

Chief Academy Training — Coeur d'Alene

Wednesday, August 31, through Friday, September 2, 2022

  • 2-Day Chief Architect Training
  • Introductory / Intermediate / Advanced
  • Half‑day of focused training
  • Dates: Aug. 31–Sep. 2, 2022
  • Social and networking receptions
  • Learn More

Chief Architect users learning in a classroom environment.