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Traditional Building On-Demand Education Full Syllabus

Biophilic Design with Windows and Doors

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Instructor: Christine Marvin, Vice President, Design, Marvin, Warroad, MN

Windows and doors are the gateways to bring nature into the home; they give homeowners a greater sense of comfort, safety, and security. This session will demonstrate how applying the goals of biophilic design to windows and doors will help your residential clients thrive.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explore the importance of views and their effect on occupant's health and well-being. 
  • Examine how natural ventilation sources promote health and well-being.
  • Discuss the important role of natural light in humans' sleep/wake cycles and overall well-being.
  • Understand different window and door factors that affect comfort in a person's living environment.

The Materials and Methods of Clay Tile

Instructors: Tab Colbert, President; Rob Wehr, Vice President of Business Development and Alicia Cordle, Ceramic Engineer, Ludowici, New Lexington, OH

1.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

This course will give design and building professionals an in-depth understanding of clay tiles for roofing and cladding: their composition, quality, design considerations, color, and style. Using a combination of PowerPoint, discussions, and factory and showroom virtual tours, this session will demonstrate how to create clay tiles, including preparing raw materials, molding, extrusion, glazing, firing, packaging, and shipping. Essential details for specifying and shipping products will be covered. Custom colors will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the method of manufacturing clay tile and important steps to creating a superior tile.
  • List the sustainability and durability features of this traditional roofing material.
  • Plan and measure using a 3D modeling tool in a virtual showroom of materials.
  • Consider the importance of color, particularly on historic preservation projects.

Historic Mortar Replication & Pointing 

1.5 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Units 

Instructor: Amy Lamb Woods, PE, International Masonry Institute

The Historic Mortar Replication & Pointing presentation will begin with an overview of historic mortars, components, profiles, and purposes. It is critical to understand the cementitious binders historically used as well as modern available materials. All too often new pointing mortars that are denser and stronger than the original mortar leads to moisture entrapment and damage to original masonry materials. Focus will be given to understanding the lime cycle and differences between non-hydraulic and hydraulic binders and how this affects mortar properties. 

A methodology for assessing existing mortars and developing appropriate replication mortar mixes will be outlined. Laboratory mortar analysis can be complex. This presentation will breakdown elements of testing that are practical and helpful for mortar replication. In addition to understanding the original mortar, how to analyze it, and how to use this information to replicate mortars, how the mortar is installed is also important for a successful project. An emphasis will be placed on explaining mortar removal and installation techniques along with quality control recommendations. Demonstration videos from knowledgeable masonry restoration craftworkers will illustrate best practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe various cementitious materials, their history, and manufacture.
  • Recognize the properties and performance of historic mortar materials and issues that may occur due to inappropriate mortar installation.
  • Develop and select appropriate replication and pointing mortars for historic masonry projects.
  • Include appropriate mortar installation and quality control requirements in project specifications.

Vacuum Insulated Glass and the Rehabilitation of the Saarinen’s Milwaukee County War Memorial

Instructors, Kyle Sword, Business Development Manager, Pilkington NA; Toledo, OH and Neal Vogel, President, Restoric, LLC; Evanston, IL

1.25 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Units

The Milwaukee County War Memorial features an enclosed fountain designed by Eero Saarinen. The enclosure comprises 686 glazed openings in a steel frame. Designed in 1955-1957, the memorial, known as “the birdcage,” was suffering from severe condensation and required a substantial rehabilitation strategy in order to preserve its Modernist character-defining features. This case study will review the decision to restore the glazing with new vacuum insulated glass. An overview of vacuum insulated glass will be presented as well.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the properties of vacuum insulated glass.
  • Discuss the strategy to restore a historic steel-frames glazed structure designed by a world-renowned midcentury modern architect.
  • Consider the materials required in complex restoration projects involving glass and steel structures designed during the mid-twentieth century - why they often fail and what to do about that.
  • Examine other types of glazing and compare them to vacuum insulated glazing for future projects.

The Impact of Materials and Methods on our Wellbeing

Instructor: Donald Ruggles, AIA, Ruggles Mabe Architecture, Denver, CO

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

In this session, the presenter suggests a new, urgent effort is needed to refocus the direction of design to include the quality of beauty as a fundamental, overarching theme in two of man’s most important fields — the built and artistic environments. Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture: Timeless Patterns & Their Impact on Our Well-Being, Don Ruggles’ first book on the subject and winner of a Bronze Medal IPPY Award, details the neuroscientific connection between spending time in beautiful spaces and the impact on our well-being.

In his presentation, he suggests deciphering the beautiful use of materials and methods is more than traditional or contemporary, classical or modern. It’s about creating something that’s focused on the well-being and health of those who will be experiencing the design. He puts architects, builders, and designers on notice to pay attention and use neuroscience, biology, psychology, and architecture to create the new discipline of neuro-architectology. This method balances what is beautiful with what is exciting, allowing designers to begin to conceptualize our built environment to make us healthier and to improve our sense of well-being.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the concepts outlined in the new design discipline of neuro-architectology to design with the well-being of inhabitants in mind.
  • Apply beauty as an important part of functional architectural design.
  • Recognize the patterns of nature that have been asserted in timeless architectural design for millennia.
  • Identify resources for further study of the nexus between architecture and neuroscience.

Lessons from Conserving the Colosseum

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Instructor: Darius Arya, Ph.D. , Executive Director, American Institute for Roman Culture

The Colosseum, built between 70 and 80 AD, was known as the Flavian Amphitheater in antiquity. It was the centerpiece of a campus that displayed gladiators for human/animal conflict until the 5th century and animal conflict until the early 6th century. It experienced sporadic use until the 13th century and then fell into disuse after a severe earthquake in the 14th century. It was ravaged by earthquakes, theft, and neglect until the first attempts at archaeology began in the early 19th century. This session will explore the conservation, stabilization, and integration of the Colosseum in the context of contemporary urban planning for mass transit, roadways, heritage tourism, and continued seismic activity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize that the Colosseum was part of a complex campus historically and is part of a populous city today, requiring protection while coexisting with nearby mass transit expansion and active roadways.
  • Explain the structural design of the Colosseum and what has maintained its integrity from antiquity.
  • Describe the system that stabilizes the structure for long-term preservation, safe study by archeologists, and tourism from thousands of visitors interested in historical heritage.
  • Discuss the seismic retrofit strategy for one of the most visited historic landmarks in the world.

Working with Custom Cabinet Makers: Modern Kitchen in Traditional Settings

Speaker: Brian Stowell, President and CEO, Crown Point Cabinetry, Claremont, NH

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

From technology to universal design, fine cabinetry for traditional and restoration projects demands a respect for historical design intent and a thorough understanding of modern lifestyle essentials. A successful design is dependent upon precise measurements and evaluating clients’ needs. A successful installation is dependent on accurate shop drawings, an understanding of materials, adequate lead time and skillful production followed by experienced installers onsite.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop and schedule the fabrication and installation of fine cabinetry.
  • Compare and contrast wood, finishes, and hardware for fine cabinetry.
  • Consider the end use of kitchens with such goals as ergonomics, universal design and family interaction in mind.
  • Reduce the number of variables that contribute to challenging installations by following recommended best practices. 

Wooden Window Repair Techniques

Instructor: Sally Fishburn, SA Fishburn, Danville, VT

1.5 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Units

This session will feature a virtual opportunity to work side-by-side with a carpenter at work on historic wooden windows. The session will feature the opportunity to observe repairs in progress, tools, and their specific uses, and how safety is practiced in a modern shop for the safe removal of lead waste and sawdust.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve communications between architects and carpenters for historic wooden window repair projects.
  • Prepare better specifications for historic wooden window repair projects by having a deeper understanding of how traditional work gets done in the modern carpentry shop.
  • Assess what can realistically be saved.
  • Consider using less toxic paint and glazing and how shops can work safely for lead and dust collection to protect craft workers.

Installing Storm Windows: Getting the Details Right

Instructors: Dave Martin, President, Allied Window, Cincinnati, OH and Greg Connor, Heritage Window Restoration; Commerce City, Colorado

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Interior and exterior storm windows are valuable architectural features. Exterior storms protect primary window sash that is often historic. Both interior and exterior storm windows improve building users’ comfort, reduce heating bills, and reduce noise. This webinar will feature several case studies to illustrate the process of measuring and selecting storm windows, installation, and results to be expected for energy savings and noise reduction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain why the use of storm windows is a sustainable practice for historic and existing buildings.
  • Review measuring and installation techniques for getting a good fit for storm windows.
  • Select and specify products and designs for interior and exterior storm window applications.
  • Consider lessons learned from examples of historic buildings with interior and exterior storms as shown in the presentation.

Working History and its Application to Design, Materials and Interventions: Springfield Ranch, Tallgrass Prairies National Park

Instructors: Meg Kindelin, AIA, Principal, Susan D. Turner, FAIA, Senior Technical Architect, Johnson Lasky Kindelin Architects, Chicago, IL

1 AIA Health/Safety/Welfare Learning Unit

Having worked as historic preservation architects to an award-winning contractor, our instructors will outline their strategy for guiding contracted restoration work. They will share how understanding the cultural life of the ranch guided the stakeholder team for decision-making regarding repairs and rehabilitation of the main house on this important National Register site, with a period of significance dating to 1881.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introducing the concept of “Working History” of the Tallgrass Prairies site, the participants will explore how to compile and work with this kind of historical documentation, and how it guides the design and construction team on the decision-making of restoration projects.
  • Define how a Period of Significance is derived, and how to apply this knowledge to the identification, treatment, and interpretation of extant historic materials.
  • Make informed decisions on the replication, repair, or retrofit of fixtures and materials based on ethnographic research.
  • Prioritize the application of the Working History and the Period of Significance to make decisions on the sympathetic retrofit of the structure for the Americans with Disabilities Act, Architectural Barriers Act, thermal upgrades, and other energy-saving measures.

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