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James Vandezande

As a firm-wide BIM leader in the New York City office, James focuses on design and delivery technologies using cutting edge software solutions. He is a registered architect and a regular blogger on He is the founder of the NYC Revit Users Group and is an adjunct lecturing professor at the NYU School for Continuing and Professional Studies as well as the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. James is also an author of the popular Mastering Revit Architecture series.

After graduating from the New York Institute of Technology in 1995, James worked in residential and small commercial architecture firms performing services ranging from estimating to computer modeling to construction administration. In 1999, he landed at SOM and transformed his technology skills into a 10-year span as a digital design manager. In this capacity, he pioneered the implementation of BIM on such projects as One World Trade Center – aka Freedom Tower. In 2009, James was attracted to HOK by the firm’s dedication to the ideals of buildingSMART and their friendly and open working environment.

A native New Yorker, James is the father of four adorable kids. He enjoys weekends at home with his family and attending his kids’ school events. He’s an avid (American) football fan and hopes his team – the New York Jets – can reprieve their 40 year drought with a Super Bowl win! A little known fact in the architectural community is that James also spent almost 20 years as a DJ for weddings and bar mitzvahs – a journey that took him all over the world to venues in Chicago, Los Angeles, London and Brussels.