Brian Nickel

Brian Nickel

Meridian, Idaho

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Design Technologist | Educator | Architect-in-Training


"I'm a passionate and energetic Design Technologist who leverages digital technologies to solve real-world problems."

I am a graduate of Montana State University’s Graduate School of Architecture. I have been an educator since January 2018 at Gallatin College in Bozeman, Montana. I have taught remotely from Boise, Idaho for two years through Microsoft Teams. We leverage VR technology to assist remote learning with Autodesk products. I am passionate and energetic about the use of AEC Technology and educating our future emerging AEC workforce. I have attended several national conferences where I have been a speaker, advocate, and collaborator with our industry.

One of my core design principles is a belief that design can only have an impact through immense collaboration with the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. The industry can be more successful by working through the design together and breaking free from individual silos. 

I have completed my NCARB Architectural Experience Program Requirements and beginning to study for licensure. A quote that has defined my career path and that I reflect on every day from Jack Smith, FAIA, my thesis advisor at Montana State University’s GRADUATE SOA, “Don’t become a tool to the tool.”




Allied BIM, LLC., Bozeman, Montana, Co-Owner

Fabrication Tools for Revit (Plugin), Fabrication Center (BIM 360 Integration), Fabrication Desktop (BIM 360 Machine Connector). Published on Autodesk Exchange App Store. TigerStop Partnership and Autodesk Construction Cloud Partners. Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Website Design, Analytics, SEO, Building Allied Partnerships.

Dec 2018 - current

Montana State University - Bozeman (Gallatin College), Bozeman, Montana, Adjunct Faculty

Internship, Revit 1, Revit 2, Capstone Portfolio, Introduction to Design Drafting, and Intro/Intermediate Drafting and Design instructor. Introduced Microsoft Teams to Gallatin College Design Drafting Program. Remotely teaching from Boise, Idaho.

I currently serve as an advisory board member to the Design Drafting program at Gallatin College

Jan 2018 - current

Harvey's Engineering, Bozeman, Engineering Division Manager

Supervised Harvey’s Virtual Design & Construction processes. Developed and implemented software solutions, machine technology, and labor development.

Oct 2014 - Dec 2020

CWI – College of Western Idaho – Industry Revit Teacher, Nampa, Idaho, Industry Revit Teacher

Industry Revit Teacher for Revit 1

Jun 2019 - Jun 2020

Smith Architects, Bozeman, Montana, Architect in Training


Dec 2017 - May 2018

LeClair Architects, Bozeman, Montana, Architect in Training


Aug 2017 - Jan 2018

David C. Fowler Architecture, Big Sky, Montana, Intern Architect


May 2014 - Oct 2014

Alcala Architecture, Draftsman

Internship Draftsman Position. Utilized AutoCAD and Revit with expert proficiency. Alcala Architecture, Intern/Draftsman
Employed at Alcala Architecture under Gilbert Alcala.
Produced detailed Revit models and construction drawings.

Mar 2011 - Sep 2011

Stuart Architecture, Draftsman

Internship Draftsman Position. Utilized AutoCAD and Revit with expert proficiency.

Feb 2006 - Mar 2006


Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, MArch, Architecture

Master of Architecture - 12/2017
Montana State University Graduate School of Architecture | G.P.A. 3.93
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design - 12/2015
Montana State University School of Architecture | G.P.A. 3.54
Riverside/Norco Community College | Riverside/Norco, California

Aug 2012 - Dec 2017

Norco Community College, Architecture

Associate of Science in Architecture, 12/2011
Norco Community College | G.P.A. 3.33
Certificate in Engineering Graphics | Certificate in Architectural Graphics

Sep 2008 - Jun 2012

Santiago High School, High School, Architecture/Engineering/3D Animation

Learned AutoCAD, Arch Desktop, Sketchup, Revit, Inventor, and MasterCAM. Shaped my current knowledge and received seals on my transcripts for Architecture and Engineering emphasis.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2006


Master of Architecture, Other


Bachelor's of Arts in Environmental Design, Other


Certificate in Architectural Graphics, Other


Certificate in Engineering Graphics, Other


Associate in Science Degree in Architecture, Other


Certificate in Architecture, Other


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