Afternoon Workshops 4 AIA CEUs


In-depth dialog with leading architects, fabricators, developers and engineers

Facades+ workshops feature an intimate class size and hands-on learning to create an environment conductive to innovation and creative problem-solving. Learn crucial skills & tools to advance your practice.

Workshop Schedule

  • 12:30 Complimentary Lunch for Registered Workshop Attendees
  • 1:15 Afternoon Workshops Begin
  • 3:15 Networking and Refreshment Break
  • 5:00 Workshops End

Pick one of the following four afternoon sessions to best match your interests.

Lunch and coffee break are included in the workshop fee.

Sessions (Choose one from the following)


A. Materials, Systems & Applications

1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Backpan Designs

Instructor: Eric Lacroix, STI Firestop

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2. Benefits & Applications of Photocatalytic Ceramic Tiles

Instructor: Thomas Richardson, Agrob Butchal

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3. Daylighting Challenges: Advances in Smart-Tinting Glass Technologies

Instructor: Jeffery Glick, Halio North America

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B. Parts, components, assemblies: design automation and the future of the building envelope

Instructor: Gustav Fagerström, Walter P Moore
Instructor: Nathan King, Autodesk


C. High-Performance Glazing & Shading: Double-Skin Facade or Not?

This workshop will take a deep dive into high-performance glazing & shading, applicable to the local NE climate. Is it appropriate to use double-skin facade vs single-skin high-performance glazing? When and how? The case study of Dartmouth Dana Hall will examine lessons learned and strategies for designing and detailing high-performance glazing and shading building envelope.

Instructor: Kevin Bell, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Instructor: Larry Jones, Atelier Ten


D. Vascular Materials for Building Envelopes as Heat Exchangers

Scientists are providing greater and greater access to the design of materials at super-small scales. This workshop will look at how some of these emerging materials can be translated into the built environment. Case studies will be presented on facade prototypes that use vascular materials to actively exchange heat with natural ventilation flows. Select materials will also be demonstrated during a hands-on portion of the workshop.

Instructor: Jonathan Grinham, Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Instructor: Jack Alvarenga, Wyss Institute

The Westin Copley Place, Boston

Forum Location

The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116


The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02116