About Me – Velislav V. Nikolov   2 comments

My name is Velislav Nikolov, holding

Bachelor in Architectural Engineering @ University-College of Northern Denmark, UCN, Denmark



An Architectural Engineer (AE) is a design professional in the science of architecture, building design and construction. The architect’s design starts with sketches, ideas and material proposals, then these ideas are transferred to such an engineer and it is his/her job to “translate” those concepts into practical and meaningful documents.

Besides typical elevations, plans, sections, we, as AE, need to work out the connections between the different building components such as walls, floor, roof, foundations, etc. Additionally, it is our duty to consult and follow the local building regulations/codes.


Structural Load Estimates

An Architectural Engineer is not a structural engineer but we do understand basic concepts of the forces being applied onto the structural elements. We can solve equations concerned with simply loaded systems e.g. beams, columns, slabs based on the physical characteristics of the main material that is used– concrete, timber, steel.


Heat/Moisture Estimates

Heat transmission estimation is one of our specialties. We produce heat transmission estimates based on the materials’ thermal properties – conductivity, heat capacity, temperature difference, permeability and thickness. Locating, timing and quantifying possible moisture condensation in the building composites is an important part of the heat transfer design process. Such estimations give an Architectural Engineer the ability to predict more accurately a building’s energy needs. Such energy needs are important, as they are often part of the requirements needed for building permission/approval.


Joints/Connections in a Building

As a building’s design progresses, an Architectural Engineer has to solve possible issues that may arise at connections of different building composites e.g. roof-wall, wall-windows/doors, wall-floor, floor-foundations. Also service systems (water supply, electrical, ventilation, water disposal) require proper placement as they also affect the design of the building composites mentioned earlier. We base such issue resolutions often on the local building material market, on the kinds of materials, tools and building techniques that are offered.


Design/Coordination Phases

We are meant to have the ability to direct building projects from their inception to the point of detailing the activities that, when completed, will serve as set of instructions used by the builders/contractors and subcontractors. Main design phases that a building design goes through are Scheme (Schematic) Design, Detail Design 1 (Design Development), Detail Design 2 (Construction Documents). During such phases we as AE need to coordinate as best as possible the activities of the parties involved – structural engineer, landscaping architect, HVAC engineers, client/s, building material manufacturers. While also making sure local building requirements are met. An Architectural Engineer can also help direct the building activities on-site.


Digitizing a Project

An Architectural Engineer has the ability to use and learn a variety of digital tools. Often such tools include Revit Architecture, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Architecture, Rhino/Grasshopper which are used mainly for producing building drawings (elevations, plans, sections, details, and perspectives) and/or parametric objects/families.  MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) is often used to record, estimate and present accumulated information. Planning and budget estimation is an important set of skills presented to an AE during his/her education with the help of tools such as MS Project and similar.



Prior to my education I was involved in the production and handling of glazing units in my home country of Bulgaria, Europe. In Denmark  during my studies i was hired as a Revit tutor helping my class mates solve any related issues they faced. I was able to teach them what I or others have learned working with Revit. In 09/2012-01/2013 period I worked as a digital designer intern at SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) San Francisco. Later in 2013 I began working as a part-time drafter/3d modeler on various projects including single-family houses, small rise buildings and also on a part of the Bay Area’s new BART railway extension.


Personal Interests

I, as an Architectural Engineer, am interested in several fields of technology and construction. During my education in Denmark I began delving into the design possibilities Revit offered. Creating 3-dimensional parametric objects, a.k.a. families. In time I learned how create custom building elements (beams, slabs, columns, windows, doors, glazing, timber details). I also work with other pieces of software like ArchiCAD and Rhino/Grasshopper.  Though the learning curve (in my case) was/is still steep it pays off with constant research and trial and error method. Grasshopper, if used properly, can produce quite astonishing, flexible objects.

At present slowly but surely 3-D printing (or additive manufacturing) begins to pave the way for new, safer construction. Commercial application is still far from an everyday option but I do believe it has a future in the building industry.

Another interest of mine is in the field of energy production, heat flow. Not long ago building codes didn’t stress too much on energy needs of a building but that is changing. EU and US authorities are gradually increasing energy requirements so that new ideas and materials are called upon to fulfill the increasing demand of lower energy consumption and loss in the building sector.


Velislav Nikolov CV (ENG)

Velislav Nikolov CV (DK)

Architectural Engineer


Revit Certificates:

Revit Architecture 2012 Certified Associate

Revit Architecture 2012 Certified Professional


Posted 31/05/2012 by reviter

2 responses to “About Me – Velislav V. Nikolov

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  1. Hi Velislav,

    I found your tutorial on creating a corner window, on YouTube. You are very skilled. I am teaching myself revit so I can design an extension to my home. (I live in Melbourne).

    If it’s possible, can you please email me the wall you used to insert the corner window. My version of revit does not have the brick type and wall type you have. my email is john@downtown.com.au

    Thank you in advance,
    John Pelitidis

    John Pelitidis
  2. Hi! I represent a company that develops value added software for Revit, SketchUp and other 3D modeling packages. We’re looking to cooperate with your blog! Our product is called Revizto. It converts 3D models into navigable 3D environment with a single click, and allows users to collaborate effectively within this environment.
    Could you please reach me via mail at n.bauman@revizto.com to discuss options?
    Thank you!

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