Mike Brightman earned a Bachelors Degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Kent State University in Ohio. Immediately after graduation he moved to Denver to start his career at Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative. While at OLC Mike designed and generated construction documents for wellness, aquatic, and athletic centers across the United States.
After two years in Denver, Mike moved to Tampa to bring his skills to Urban Studio Architects where he designed high end restaurants and mid rise condominiums. While in Tampa Mike further mastered his 3D design skills. His ability to "SketchUp" in real time made him a key player on the design team.
Next, Mike started See Before Building, an all inclusive visualization and marketing service for custom home builders, developers, and architects using SketchUp exclusively. During this time he peaked interests at Google where he was hired to travel the country teaching his unique 3d design workflow at architecture firms, colleges, and even film studios.
Currently, Mike is the President and Lead Instructor at Denver based Bright Ideas Consultants, a SketchUp Authorized Training Center. He trains major construction companies, architects, engineers, and design professionals to leverage SketchUp 3d into their current workflow with his proprietary techniques. When he is not teaching and presenting, Mike also designs and creates dynamic 3d presentations and architectural drawings for a variety of clients and project types. Most recently, Mike published â€œThe SketchUp Workflow for Architectureâ€.