Steve Nickel

Managing Principal.  Experienced ARCHICAD user, & Marketing of Architectural Services.
Managing Principal. Experienced ARCHICAD user, & Marketing of Architectural Services.
  • Estes Park, Colorado
  • April 19, 2019

Looking for firm needing help in ARCHICAD-based residential work, and/or Marketing  help in growing the business.

Planning.  As Managing Principal, built our market niche as specialists in "vernacular mountain" architecture.  (See our brochure on this topic at  This niche originates from our deep interest in the traditional & historical context of our market area.  And, from our historical influenced designs in the affluent estate-communities of Chicago's North Shore.

Our Custom Home projects have won a number of residential design competitions, and have been featured in numerous national & regional publications.  See Awards & Credentials at

ARCHICAD.  Have used ARCHICAD (MacIntosh) since 2012. Very proficient in AC modeling, BIMx, and image progress reports to clients.  Have been a member of Eric Bobrow's AC Best Practices & Coaching since 2013.  Eric has featured two of our projects in his YouTube video training.  View examples of Steve's ARCHICAD work at

Marketing.  Established and grew new firm serving Chicago's North Shore.  Leveraging experience there, re-established and grew firm (for the 2nd time) in the Estes Park, Colorado area.  Have been a member of Eric Bobrow's (with Enoch Sears & Richard Petrie) Architect Marketing Institute since 2014.

Overall.  Combining the above, The Portfolio Group is know as the most sought after creator of Mountain Houses that embody the rich tradition of the Historic and Vernacular Mountain Architecture that surrounds us.  We are famous for applying Rocky Mountain themes to the mountain house dreams of our clients to produce great living spaces, and outstanding financial returns for the owners and developers.

Desired Locations.  Tuscon, Arizona, Colorado, other Southwest areas, and Seattle.

Employment.  Can work on contract-basis or mutually agreeable salary.  Part or full-time, up to 40 hours.


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MBA @ Graduate School of Business, Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Jan 1978 — May 1980

Business Graduate School with Concentrations in Marketing and Finance.

Certificate @ Boston Architectural Center
Sep 1976 — Dec 1978

Undergraduate Architectural Studies.


Managing Principal @ The Portfolio Group, dba WestHaus LLC
Jul 1990 — Current

Project Team Manager for close to 100 Custom Mountain Home projects and two Office Buildings designed to resemble formerly prominent Summer Mountain Retreats.

Thoroughly involved in conceptual design, design development, and the production of construction documentation. Following design, project construction manager with financial responsibility to client-owners.

Also responsible for development of the 3D Model in ARCHICAD, delivery of progress images to client, and production of the BIMx.

Associate @ Technomic Consultants, Chicago
Jan 1983 — Jun 1990

Market Analyst and Market Planner for Technomic's Custom Consulting projects. Industry focus was in Electronics and High Technology clients.

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