Design

  • Digital Technology and Design Tools

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. Architect, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals have a new technology platform to support the old-fashioned notion of planning ahead. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is bringing a sea change to the industry’s workflow by facilitating a previously impossible degree of planning, coordination and communication. Integrating the professions through digital processes like BIM supports better buildings and happier owners and occupants. This course will take a look at the variety of tools available for use in different stages of a project. We will focus on digital tools and emerging technologies and how they can create synergy for a project. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design, Software
    Sponsor:
    Bluebeam
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Designing with Metal

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. When used in the appropriate manner, metal can be a powerful tool for designers. Whether in primary or complementary roles, it is a material whose durability and flexibility can play a useful role in numerous ways on all kinds of building types. No single material or component is a solution unto itself, but as a team player, metal can be a useful arrow in an architect’s quiver. This course will discuss a number of specific applications where metal components are well suited to particular building systems or project goals. It will examine the behavior and qualities of the material and share design considerations and tips for effective utilization of metal. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design
    Sponsor:
    MBCI and Pac-Clad
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • BIM for Emerging Firms

    1 LU AIA

    This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ARCHITECT magazine. What common thread connects a thriving one-person operation, a growing office of 20 and a prosperous mega firm? What allows each of these vastly different operations to pursue the work they want and continue year after year? One answer is building information modeling, also known as BIM. This software can provide streamline design processes while improving coordination and integration with team members. Using BIM can help keep a firm relevant and competitive. This course will take a closer look at working with BIM and how it can open many paths to profitability and the expansion of services. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2013
    Subject(s):
    Design, Software
    Sponsor:
    Graphisoft
    Certification(s):
    AIA
  • Designing with Solid Surface Course

    1 LU AIA

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 CEH. Solid surface is an affordable luxury with unlimited aesthetic options due to its versatility. Describe the ingredients that comprise the material and the manufacturing process. Identify performance benefits of solid surface related to maintenance, health, safety and sustainability, as well as evaluate the aesthetic benefits that give this product unlimited design potential. Finally, examine a range of applications and solutions that solid surface can provide for future design challenges. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Interiors, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
  • Solidly Sustainable

    1 LU AIA/HSW/SD

    Acrylic solid surface is valued for its exceptional versatility, durability, and its unique ability to be formed into almost unlimited shapes. Recently it has been recognized as a sustainable, eco-friendly material. Explain what makes a solid surface product eco-friendly, including recycled content, life cycle assessment and contribution to LEED points. Discuss fabrication and evaluate design potential, providing examples of where this eco-friendly surface can be used. Finally, describe how solid surface was used in three case studies, from concept and visualization through design and fabrication. Take the course.

    Posted:
    November 2012
    Subject(s):
    Finishes and Surfaces, Sustainable Materials, Design
    Sponsor:
    LG Hausys Surfaces
    Certification(s):
    GBCI
  • Window Performance Ratings and Technologies

    This program is registered with AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour and with GBCI for 1 CMP hour. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings consume 40 percent of all the energy used nationwide. Achieving optimal energy efficiency in buildings can drastically reduce overall energy consumption, and windows can play a key role in achieving improved performance. Building energy codes, standards and voluntary practices exist to provide a target for achieving recognized and acceptable levels of energy efficiency and establish minimum performance standards for residential and commercial buildings. This course will provide a thorough introduction to the relationship between windows and energy efficiency and the importance of installing appropriate windows with high performance technologies. We will discuss window performance ratings and how they can help to reduce energy costs and improve the comfort of building occupants. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Building Envelope, Windows, Sustainability, Design, Energy Efficiency
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors
  • The Carpet Industry and Sustainability: Environmental Initiatives

    This one-hour course assist participants in understanding some of the key sustainability issues faced by the carpet industry and how the industry is responding. In addition, participants will be able to define sustainability, state ways that the carpet industry has embraced sustainable practices, and explain how the carpet industry is a leader in sustainability. This course has been approved for 1 AIA HSW/SD hour, and 1 GBCI CE hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    July 2012
    Subject(s):
    Flooring, Sustainability, Design
    Sponsor:
    The Carpet and Rug Institute
  • The Benefits of Hydrotherapy

    1 LU AIA

    This learning unit is registered with the AIA for 1 CEH and will address the health benefits of hydrotherapy and the importance of correctly selecting a home hydrotherapy system to match the needs of the occupant. When selecting a hydrotherapy system it is important to understand the various types available today, and how different systems will offer unique benefits to the occupants. How the systems operate, what features they offer and the types, styles, and placements of water and air jets in the system should be understood and considered when selecting the right hydrotherapy system for the occupant. Finally, it is critical to understand how the hydrotherapy system will impact the design and construction of the house, including the impact on an aging customer base and Universal Design. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Architecture, Bath, Tubs, Design
    Sponsor:
    Jacuzzi
  • Virtual Reinvention Symposium

    With fewer projects available, architects must claim more of the opportunities each project entails. Reinvention is a high-level design conference focused exclusively on the design and practice issues important to residential architects. The symposium attracts more than 150 residential architects from across the country every year. The eighth annual Reinvention Symposium took place December 7-9, 2011, in Phoenix, AZ, and examined new practice models innovative architects can use to survive these tough times and position themselves to thrive in the upturn. Don’t miss out on content from the 2011 Reinvention Symposium! All programs are registered with the AIA for education credit. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Architecture, Business, Conferences, Design
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors, Plastpro
  • What a High-Design Firm Learned from Prefab

    1 LU AIA/SD/HSW

    If you’ve ever dreamed of expanding your influence on American housing, you’ll learn from the inspiring and perspiring journey one top-ranking firm took to reinvent the mass market formula. Lake/Flato’s Porch House combines the indoor/outdoor living and vernacular architecture the firm is famous for, along with a set of modules for maximum flexibility in siting, adaptability to a myriad of program needs, and sustainability in fabrication and construction. This session is registered with the AIA for 1 HSW/SD hour. Take the course.

    Posted:
    June 2012
    Subject(s):
    Architecture, Business, Conferences, Design
    Sponsor:
    Milgard Windows and Doors, Plastpro