Barbara Thompson, R.A. AIA

Barbara Thompson, R.A.

Technical Specialist / Instructor

Barbara first learned AutoCAD as an architecture student at Iowa State University in 1987. After working in construction and architecture as a drafter, she moved into a CAD position with an architect in 1992. She worked on a wide variety of projects including residential, churches and educational facilities. In 1997 Barbara moved to Colorado and began teaching AutoCAD and architectural design classes at a local college. In 2008 she also began teaching Revit to her college students. Barbara joined the CAD-1 team in the summer of 2014, teaching AutoCAD and Revit Architecture classes. She is a registered architect in Colorado and is an Autodesk Certified Professional and an Autodesk Certified Instructor.

As a Technical Specialist / Instructor, Barbara Thopson, R.A. is responsible for assisting with pre-sales activities through software demonstrations as well as post-sales software technical support, consultation and instruction. Architecture technical focus applies to the architectural and construction industry.

Responsibilities at CAD-1

  • Product-based instruction and consultation (classroom, onsite, online)
  • Partner with sales staff on customer facing sales, pre-sales tasks (demonstrations, on-site visits, business opportunities, etc.)
  • Troubleshooting support
  • Implementation – pilot project/project mentoring
  • Maintain industry-related continuing education
  • Attain / maintain state and channel requirements for instructors
  • Attend industry-related trade shows
  • Be available to travel throughout the United States for both training engagements and trade shows
  • Class content development and delivery
  • Webinar development and delivery




  • Registered Architect, State of Colorado
  • Autodesk Certified Instructor
  • Autodesk Certified Professional


  • American Institute of Architects


  • Years with CAD-1: 2
  • Years with Autodesk Channel: 2
  • Years in Professional Industry: 30
  • Years as Instructor / Teacher: 18

Products Taught / Supported

  • AutoCAD
  • Revit Architecture

Professional Experience

  • Professional Experience
  • Architectural drafter (5 years)
  • Intern-architect (5 years)

Conferences Taught

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Wyoming

AutoCAD Certified Professional


AutoCAD Certified Instructor


Revit Certified Professional

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