TCA Course Catalog

All courses on The Continuing Architect are free of charge and eligible for AIA CEU credit (see course details for specific credit eligibility). We offer automatic credit reporting to our users who are AIA Members, so be sure that you have added your AIA Member # to your Profile and the credits you earn at The Continuing Architect will be reported to AIA on your behalf.

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"Suspended Wood Ceilings: Design to Delivery" from 9Wood

(Please note: The Study Guide is a White Paper entitled "Alvar Aalto, the father of modern wood ceilings", which is intended to be a part of the course. Please download it upon enrolling.) A comprehensive discussion of the key factors that inform and influence the specification of a suspended wood ceiling. This course covers the benefits of suspended wood ceilings; materials including wood options such as veneers, solid wood or reclaimed wood; sustainability attributes; and performance characteristics.

The IDCEC Opening Slide with course credit information is here.

 

Advancing Fenestration Efficiency

This course will explain the evolution of fenestration specification strategies and will delve into new research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and the Department of Energy's Attachment Energy Rating Council - and how it will change the way that fenestration is specified.

 

Advancing Light Quality for Human Preference and Well-Being

This course offers 1.50 LU/HSW Credits.

Light sources in commercial spaces are usually driven by maximizing efficacy, often at the expense of light quality. This course will review how today’s technology allows the quality of light to be more tailored to human preference, especially when it comes to designing interior spaces using lighting. It will focus on recent studies on human preference lighting and the key metrics used to assess a luminaire’s quality of light. It will also provide an overview of TM-30-18, the latest test method released by the Illuminating Engineering Society to measure light quality.


Please download the supplemental study material after enrolling. It is intended to be part of the course and its content will be referenced in the quiz.

 

An Introduction to Custom Balanced Doors

This course is presented in HD by the president of Ellison and provides an introduction to a unique form of commercial entry door known as a balanced door. You will explore various components of a balanced door system, numerous advantages of a balanced door over conventional hinged or pivoted swing doors, how balanced doors meet ADA guidelines, and the specific design requirements needed to accommodate balanced doors.

Aspen Art Museum: Design and Construction of the Wood Roof Structure

The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shiguru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame rook.
 

Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. The space frae was to have two planes of intersecting diagonal webs of curved meters that undulated up and down to touch the planes of the top and bottom horns with no visible connectors.
 

This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

See more videos from Woodworks here

Balancing Lighting Needs (from Provider K356)

Lighting design can be a daunting process because it requires balancing conflicting needs. The installation, maintenance, aesthetics, and budget must all be considered before selecting the most appropriate lighting fixture. This course offers a step-by-step process to identify and prioritize your needs, and achieve your desired design.

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