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Vacation and learn with us . . .

HIGH TECH, HIGH NATURE, a Digital Architecture Retreat for ArchiCAD users

April 4-7, 2005, Yosemite Valley, CA

Learn how to practice high-tech architecture with ArchiCAD amidst the high nature of Yosemite Valley.

For more information and to register, visit:
or call 714/612-4547.

Sponsored by Digital Vision Automation, Inc., Irvine, CA USA

You will work with the top ArchiMeisters in the world:

• Duane Valencia, Architect, of Visual Frontiers, Palm Desert, California.

• Rex A. Maximilian, of MaxATS, Honolulu, Hawaii

• Karl Ottenstein, PhD of Archispectives LLC, Sandpoint, Idaho

• John Stebbins, Associate AIA, of Digital Vision Automation, Inc., Irvine, California.

• Kurt Ameringer, Architectural consultant, of Graphisoft US, San Francisco/Boston

We invite you to make learning ArchiCAD a priority in a vacation setting, away from the rigors of an office environment, with all of its distractions. With this type of learning experience, you can take a vacation, learn in an immersive environment and make learning a priority, all in one fell swoop.

This event is designed to be a immersive hands-on retreat. You will be assisted in taking a small project from massing studies to final working drawings during our studio sessions. Our goal is to show you the key elements of how to practice architecture with ArchiCAD and help you understand what it takes to be a digital architect.

Our program will parallel the architectural process. You will learn how to use ArchiCAD and digital tools to create:

• Bubble diagrams
• Site modeling
• Massing studies
• Schematic design
• Presentations, using ArchiCAD, Piranesi, Photoshop and PowerPoint
• Design Development
• Working Drawings

Maximum number of participants: 30 (to keep the student to instructor ratio low)

Register early and save:
$2,100: if you register by March 21:
$2,300: after March 21.

• Non-refundable deposit to hold space: $300
• Balance due by March 28
• All major credit cards accepted

Fees include:
• Transportation to and from Fresno to Yosemite Valley
• Single occupancy accommodations at the Yosemite Lodge*
• All training sessions at the Ahwahnee Hotel
• All meals at the Ahwahnee Hotel
• High-speed wireless internet access included during your entire stay
• Entrance fee into Yosemite National Park
• All training materials

Applicants must not be raw beginners, and should have taken some type of local beginning ArchiCAD class or equivalent.


Yosemite National Park: The Crown Jewel
Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California, Yosemite is a setting so spectacular and awe-inspiring that it is often referred to as the "Crown Jewel" of the National Park system. Earthquakes, glaciers and other forces of nature over millions of years left indelible footprints on the landscape that are still visible in the towering granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls, steep mountains and deep alpine lakes. They beckon visitors to explore, climb, photograph and experience their grandeur.

The Ahwahnee: A World Class Resort
As a National Historical Landmark and one of the most distinctive resort hotels in North America, The Ahwahnee is well known for its great granite facade, striking beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths, richly colored Native American artwork, and finely appointed rooms. The Ahwahnee offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance. It's no wonder that for generations this grand hotel has been the destination of queens and presidents alike.

Onward to Yosemite,


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John Stebbins, Assoc. AIA, Director
Digital Vision Automation, Inc. 714/708-2391
5405 Alton Pkwy., FAX: 949/733-1391
Ste. 5A #111 E-mail:
Irvine, CA 92604 Web: