About Jim Balding & The ANT Group
Jim Balding is a visionary leader who combines an extensive knowledge of architecture and design practices with a passionate interest in technology. He is currently the Founder & CEO of The Architecture & New Technologies Group (The ANT Group), headquartered Orange County, California. Jim has spent the last 30 years offering his architectural design and technology experience to private clients, AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) firms, property owners, and software companies. Jim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.
The ANT Group, where Jim hangs his shingle, is a full-service architectural firm and design technologies research and development lab. Working from his craftsman bungalow in the historic Old Town Orange, CA, Jim and his ANT Group team focus on incorporating emerging technologies into projects to minimize wasted time and money, as well as optimize the design process for the benefit of all his clients.
Specialties: Jim has expertise in Architectural Design, BIM, Digital Design Technologies, Digital Fabrication, Augmented Reality, Immersive Environments, 3D Printing, Laser Scanning, Beta, Software Consulting & Implementation, and R&D.
Mr. Balding has spoken at Engineering News Record (ENR) and was featured in their printed publication in an article about Digital Fabrication, Augmented Reality, and BIM. He has been interviewed for several other publications including Architectural Record and Obras. Jim co-authored the book Introducing and Implementing Autodesk Revit and is frequently a featured presenter at Autodesk University and the Revit Technology Conference. He has also served on architecture competition juries including the Radical Innovation Awards and the HOK “BIMies.”
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The ANT Group Team
Brian Bannock is a consulting architectural designer with 30+ years of experience integrating technology into the architectural field. Brian has experience in the high-end custom residential field, specializing in custom estate homes and small commercial projects. He also serves as a California Title 24 Energy Analyst.
Cathy Hadley is a licensed architect in the State of California with more than 30 years in the field of architecture. Cathy’s successfully ran her own firm for 20 years. As an Architect she has been involved in virtually every building type, from large scale estate homes to retail developments. Her expertise lies in construction documentation utilizing the information contained in the model, keeping the model and the production documents fully coordinated.
Alejandro Lopez has spent the last 17 years developing his design skills and sharing the knowledge by training peers, always working toward becoming a licensed architect. Mr. López was hand selected from Orange Coast College to work with The ANT Group based on his grasp of technologies.