About DESIGN[realized]

The DESIGN[realized] Event Series was developed by the LearnVirtualTM education team and shows our passion for architecture and the realization of great design projects. The mission of our DESIGN[realized]program is to explore the vision, as well as the practical aspects of building projects. In doing so, we hope to provide state-of-practice information to building professionals for application in their own work.

Because we understand that turning an architectural design into reality requires an entire team, we engage multiple disciplines and touch on all phases of building projects including building information modeling, building a practice, sustainability and other relevant industry topics.

About LearnVirtual

Our LearnVirtual group specializes in the design and implementation of education programs for building professionals. With an emphasis on e-learning, custom corporate education programs and multi-venue hybrid education, our goal is to empower individuals and companies with professional skills and industry intelligence that can be applied in everyday work environments.

Through our LearnVirtual Online Education Center, we emphasize hands-on training either for certification or your own continuing education.

• Increase expertise through professional development
• Learn techniques for building information modeling
• Build knowledge for LEED certification
• Develop skills for improving energy efficiency
• Gain confidence and marketability

Our LearnVirtual team has also developed custom e-learning programs for companies such as Swinterton, Anshen + Allen, and The Weitz Company.

DESIGN[realized] and LearnVirtual are dba's of ARCHVISTA, Inc.

Key Leadership:


Thomas M. Simmons Thomas M. Simmons

Tom has worked with architecture, engineering and construction firms in Houston, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle including EHDD Architects where he was the Director of Technology for seven years and managed technology implementation on several large projects including the National Aquarium of Taiwan and the DOE Moffitt Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2006 Tom began LEARNVIRTUAL with a focus on providing online education for architecture, construction and engineering. He is recognized for his expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM) and the implementation of this technology. LEARNVIRTUAL is known for it's educational expertise in BIM with over 180 classes and 1,500 lessons that have applications for a wide range of projects including residential, retail, commercial, schools and hospitals.

He has spoken at major industry events including EcoBuild America, AEC Systems, AIA Desert Practice Conference, AIA Monterey Design Conference and the Dwell on Design Conference. He has authored several books and articles on Building Information Modeling and architectural technologies. Tom has a Masters of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University.

Thomas M. SimmonsTony Rinella
Director of Business Development

Tony brings more than thirty years of experience leading computer technology efforts for architecture, construction and facility management. His background includes design, systems for knowledge, financial and facility management, project delivery processes, and corporate educational programs for firms including Anshen+Allen, where he was principal and CIO, and Crocker Properties where he created FM systems to track 6 million square feet of corporate space.

His participation in professional organizations includes 3 years of service as national chair of AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community where he developed innovative new programs for education and knowledge sharing, and wrote the Computer Technology in Practice section of AIA's The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. Tony's speaking activity includes appearances at over thirty events in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand during the past five years.

Thomas M. SimmonsTracie A. Simmons
Director of Marketing & Operations        

Tracie has been a part of the business-to-business environment for over 20 years. Known for her work as a Strategic Planner, Tracie has helped fuel the growth for a number of companies, including J.R. Simplot Company, Kikkoman USA and Seeds of Change.

In 2006 Tracie made the move to LEARNVIRTUAL, where she has focused on improving customer service and managing the day-to-day business operations. Tracie was instrumental in the launch of LEARNVIRTUAL's online education program for building professionals. She is continually working to improve and market LEARNVIRTUAL including the new DESIGN[realized] program.

A published writer, Tracie has won multiple PRSA Silver Anvil Awards from the Public Relations Society of America. Tracie has a Journalism degree with Public Relations minor from the top-rated Journalism program at San Diego State University.
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