Viktor Kuzev is an architect, BIM coordinator and a computational designer specialised in Autodesk Revit and DynamoBIM.
Originally from Bulgaria, he is currently living in Stockholm, Sweden and has been living and working in the UK and France as well.
He is also:
An avid Revit user since 2010
Zealous Dynamo user since 2013
How did you obtain an expert in-depth knowledge about Autodesk Revit?
Well, I don’t really recommend my way of doing it since it involved many sleepless nights. But it all started because I was lazy. I’ve heard in 2009 about this little program that magically creates the sections in a building for you, so you can focus on the actual design. I was in uni back then and I thought that’s exactly what I needed. However, I started doing more and more complex designs, and Revit didn’t seem to handle that well. So I started finding ways to achieve complex geometry in Revit, I’ve read all the forums and blogs (back then Youtube was full of cat videos and dubstep, not the tuturials - rich place that it is today). I developed such an obsessive relationship with pushing Revit’s boundaries that on many occasions after I’ve been out to a club I went back home (without a girl apparently) and continued digging into whatever Revit problem I was trying to solve. When I actually started working that knowledge proved to be handy.
What about Dynamo then?
I found pretty early about Dynamo because I was following the blog of Zach Kron (who is now Dynamo’s projet manager I believe). He’s blog was full of Revit hacks and adaptive components madness so I binged on his posts. Then he introduced Dynamo in 2012 and I started using it in 2013. In 2016-2018 I was really active on the Dynamo forum and I was actually binge reading other people's problems, tried solving them and helping them which I think contributed a lot to my understanding of Dynamo.
So do you think Revit and Dynamo are your strongest skills?
I think my strongest skill is problem-solving. When I am presented with an interesting problem I still develop this obsession to solve it. It is like playing puzzles for me. Like chess or sudoku, but actually meaningful. That’s why I aim to have my tutorials with at least a bit of fun inside them. My humour is not for everybody though.
So you also play chess?
Shame on me, but even though my father was a grand master, I am actually mediocre at best. I still enjoy blitz games though.
What else do you do when you’re not solving problems?
I make music. I work out. I paint and draw occasionally.
Seems like your program is full. How do you find time for all of this?
Well I often don’t. I work out every day, but the other things are far less frequent. I’m also kinda lazy so I enjoy having time for myself and a nice espresso as well to clear my mind.