Chief Architect Certified Trainers

Our goal at Chief Architect is to offer the best-class service for our training. Our Training Services Staff not only have years of experience in teaching our software, they also have field experience in the building industry to help you quickly learn and understand how to use our software products. We continually survey our users and incorporate the feedback to improve the training programs. Try our training services and learn how to be productive using Chief Architect software.

Al Frey

Al Frey

Al is the owner and president of Frey Construction, a full-service design-build company in San Francisco, for over 40 years. Al was instrumental in the initial development of Chief Architect — beginning with version 1. He has degrees in physics & mathematics and maintains the latest use of hardware and software technology for the residential construction industry. Al creates custom designs for a variety of high-end projects, manages field operations and specializes in remodeling as-built measurements/modeling.


Brad Dorscher — CAPS

Brad Dorscher - CAPS

Brad has been with Chief Architect since 2003. Initially a part of the Technical Support team, he quickly became involved in training and was instrumental in the development of Chief Architect's training curriculum and certification program.

Brad has taught numerous classroom seminars over the years and is currently focused on offering one-on-one personal training online.

With over 25 years of experience as a carpenter and remodeler, and additional training and experience as a Microsoft Technical Support Representative, Brad teaches practical, straight-forward strategies for using Chief Architect effectively. He is passionate about teaching and is committed to his client's success.


Carrie Stanton

Carrie Stanton

Carrie joined the Chief Architect Technical Support team in 2011 and quickly became the department's coordinator, a role that included managing Chief Architect's extensive Knowledge Base of written technical and training tutorials as well as assisting in the online training videos.

In addition to providing one-on-one and classroom training, she is currently responsible for updating and maintaining the Chief Architect's training curriculum and certification exams as well as coordinating the training team.

Carrie is a Marine Corps veteran with a Bachelors in Information Systems who volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and loves hands-on projects. Her diversity in interests makes her a natural liaison between our customers and the software development team.


Deedee Urbano

Deedee Urbano

Deedee has been involved with Chief Architect since 2010, working with the Sales, Technical Support, and Training teams. Deedee also has an extensive career working as a drafter, designer, and project manager for Architects, Engineers, Developers, and Contractors in the building construction industry.

Today, Deedee assists with updating our database of training videos.


Kayla Lockhart — AKBD

Kayla Lockhart - AKBD

Kayla has been with Chief Architect since 2012. She started with the Sales team, but almost immediately began working with the Training department and has been teaching classes for the past few years. Kayla has a passion for the software and specializes in producing quality renderings – many of the renderings found on Chief Architect's website and social media pages are her designs. Kayla has her Bachelors in Education and works primarily with the schools and students using Chief Architect, enjoying the process of watching students cultivate a passion for design. She is an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) with the NKBA.


Kelly Hauenstein

Kelly Hauenstein

Kelly has been with Chief Architect since 2010. He has worn several different hats while at Chief Architect. His main focus has always been working with the support team and helping customers learn Chief Architect.

Kelly has transitioned to working with the training team through recording several training videos and teaching classroom training all over the country.


Mike Nuess

Mike Nuess

Mike has worked with Chief Architect's training team since 1999. He has taught and helped coordinate training and education seminars and has been the primary author and producer of many of Chief Architect's training videos. As one of our most seasoned instructors, he has years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating education and training services for code officials, builders, teachers, and homeowners.

An experienced home builder with a focus on energy-efficient homes with superior air quality, Mike has built prototype homes and won national awards including Winner, National Energy Efficient Building Association's 1991 Energy Efficient Home Design-Build Competition and Grand Prize Winner, National Association of Energy Engineers and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1991 Innovative Radon Mitigation Design Competition. He also directed factory design and production of panelized residential buildings.

Mike enjoys teaching small groups of motivated people. In his off-hours, he enjoys writing, friends, skiing and catching a good wilderness sunset now and then.


Scott Harris — CKBD

Scott Harris - CKBD

Scott Harris is the Vice President of Chief Architect Software the leading provider of 3D Home Design Software. He guides product marketing for the Chief Architect professional, DIY and mobile software products. Scott has an MBA with a background in software development and is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer (CKBD). As a hobby, he is an avid designer of custom homes and interior spaces.


Stephen Gross

Stephen Gross

Stephen Gross is an Architectural Engineer Associate with Valley Home Improvement, a premier remodeling firm in Northampton, MA. Stephen has been a Chief user since 9.0. He earned his B.S. in Architectural Engineering from Vermont Technical College in 2012 and has served in the U.S. Army. Stephen has spent the last 5 years developing and testing creative as-built capture techniques alongside Chief Architect.


Taylor Byrnes

Taylor Byrnes

Taylor became a member of the Chief Architect team in 2011. Starting out in Technical Support, he has contributed extensively to the online Knowledge Base, mentors new team members, and coordinates efforts to track emerging technical issues.

Taylor's residential construction and remodeling experience and strong communication skills have also proven to be a clear match for a training role. As a member of the Training team, he provides one-on-one personal training, teaches live classroom seminars, contributes to curriculum development, and assesses certification exams.