Online Courses

These CE accredited AEC courses offer a flexible way to learn within your own schedule on mobile or desktop.

THE PHOENIX IS ON FIRE: How Your Firm Can Rise From the Ashes

Navigating yourself and your firm through the COVID-19 conundrum.

What the heck happened? There you were, thriving in a growing economy with unprecedented unemployment and enough work to keep your firm busy for months if not years. In a flash, it all evaporated.

Using BIM Software to Work While Social Distancing

This course will introduce tools available in building information modeling (BIM) software that enable architects to collaborate virtually with the other members of their design team and their clients. Best practices will be explored and interviews with Alex Hughes from KURV Architecture and Joe Vance from Joe Vance Architects will share their first-hand experiences working in and managing a virtual office.

Functional Creativity with Ornamental Metals in Public Buildings

Ornamental metals have purposes that enhance both visual aesthetics and building functions. In high-profile urban projects, from retrofits of landmarked buildings to new components of transportation infrastructure, steel and aluminum components allow dramatic gestures, novel geometries, optimization of the materials’ properties, and purposeful contrasts in texture and form. The practical complications of combining customized metal pieces with other materials, particularly on retrofit projects, call for an understanding of those properties and hands-on experience with the details of construction.

Understanding the impact of transitions on façade performance

As the title would suggest, what owners want (need) out of their BIM is worlds away from what the architects, engineers and contractors need to build the owner’s building.

Understanding the impact of transitions on façade performance

This course will explore the challenges on air and water tightness, thermal continuity, constructability and accountability caused by changes in geometry, materials, systems and gaps in scope allocation using completed interface examples. Using at-grade, in-plane, overhead and parapet transition details from one project as a baseline, the importance of careful interface detailing for high-performance envelopes and the responsibility of the architect in this process will be discussed.

FEVE Architectural Coatings: High Performance Coatings for Expansive, Sustainable Design

In this one-hour course, we will discover the strengths and advantages of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats. We will evaluate coating performance tests including accelerated weathering and real-time weathering and what the implications are for the life of different coatings.

Is Your Architecture Firm Prepared for the AI Revolution?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing industries across the board. By utilizing tons of data, the computer system can perform behaviors associated with human intelligence, such as speech recognition, decision-making, and learning.

Your Employees: The Most Important Asset You’re Neglecting

Business leaders often declare that employees are their most important assets. But few employers truly define what that means in their workplace.

The Influence of Scandinavian Design on Modern Bathrooms and Bathroom Technology

This course provides a historical perspective of both Scandinavian design and how that design aesthetic actually continues to drives both the technology inside and the design of today’s faucets, showers, plumbing fixtures, and accessories. Participants will learn about the most advanced technology of in-wall shower systems and its distinct advantages. Finally, this course will review how to evaluate and specify products and will discuss some recent project case studies.

Understanding Applications of Storefronts, Window Wall and Curtain Wall

Storefronts, window walls and curtain walls are all have distinctive differences that dictate where they should be installed on a building. This course looks at performance attributes of each system and shares the basic assembly and installation procedures. This course also explores the latest design concepts to meet more stringent energy codes and reviews which system to specify on your next project.

Selecting Ceramic Tile for Green Building Projects

Today ceramic tile is being used a multitude of architectural applications that take advantage of the products unique characteristics and features. This course will review the environmental benefits of ceramic tile and how it contributes to green building standards.

An Architects’ Guide to Daylighting with Dimensional Materials within Insulated Glass

This course will discuss how to best utilize dimensional materials in insulated glass to optimize interior daylighting.  The course will review the benefit and features of dimensional materials and how to integrate these insulated glazing units into project to achieve energy efficiency and enhanced indoor environmental quality.

Understanding powder and liquid FEVE coatings for curtainwall and architectural applications

This course will review the features and benefits of FEVE fluoropolymer topcoats for bridge and curtainwall applications. The course will examine the various uses on new and existing structures and will detail a number of performance tests both real and accelerated to determine the life of the coatings. Lastly this course will assess the life-cycle costs and sustainability benefits of using FEVE topcoats despite their initial higher cost.

The Principles of Glass Selection for Facades

This course will introduce the various glass options for commercial building facades while explaining the different types of glass options. The course will explore the aesthetic and performance differences in low emissivity coatings and explain how to customize glass through color, textures and patterns.

Advanced Green Facade Design Considerations

Over the past two decades, green facade technology has evolved into a viable design component that can provide multiple benefits and aesthetic value to a wide variety of project types. This in depth discussion deals with the required considerations for successful green facade installations and projects. Green facade systems have a history of durability and functionality, compared with other green wall systems, and their inclusion can be cost effective for projects of all scales. By understanding these important considerations designers can include sustainability benefits of green facades into the building and site. This course focuses on designing and specifying green facades.

Designing with aluminum railings in commercial applications

This course will introduce the various architectural railing types and examine the features and benefits of welded aluminum railings in commercial applications.  The course will address various design options, product performance, applicable building codes, types of applications, installation guidelines and information on how to evaluate and specify welded aluminum railings.

High-Performance Glazing and Impact-Resistant Frameless Windows

“High-Performance Glazing and Impact-Resistant Frameless Windows “ will review high-performance architectural glass and glazing systems for commercial and residential applications including impact-resistant frameless systems.  The course will review safety standards, building codes, applications, specifications and design trends for architectural glazing.

Frameless Glass Railings: Designing Stunning, Code-Compliant Systems

Glass railings can be a beautiful addition to your residential and commercial projects, adding value to your portfolio and raising your profits; however, specification questions, code changes and misinterpretations can stand in the way of a successful glass railing project. In this session, attendees will learn about design considerations, code requirements, installation methods, testing standards, cap rail requirements, and laminated glass guardrail requirements. They will also walk away with a sound understanding of 2015 IBC updates—along with their impact— and the important role of the International Code Council (ICC).

Window Films For Architectural Applications

Window films can help enhance occupant comfort, energy efficiency, aesthetics, design, safety, and security. This presentation reviews these benefits and more, and also covers a product line overview, installation examples, and recent innovations in low-e window films. The pace of the presentation is kept brisk and fresh with case studies and real world applications. Take this CEU course to learn how window films can upgrade the glass on your next project.

Air Barrier Systems

This course will define the basic requirements that air barriers must meet and describe the different types of air barriers on the market today and their key differences. The course will also identify key areas within a wall system where detailing is important to system success.

Understanding Window and Door Hurricane Requirements for Your Region

This on-demand course is a recorded webinar.  The course will provide an introduction to hurricane design criteria and impact requirements for windows and the building envelope.  The course will also address how to determine and design for the minimum criteria that are needed to meet your project requirement based on building type and location.

Understanding Energy Code Compliance and Glass Selection by AGC Glass

“Understanding Energy Code Compliance and Glass Selection” will cover the reasoning behind energy codes and the code adoption process, as well as code differences in the various climate regions of North America. We will discuss code compliance tools and methodology, and designing with glass to meet the requirements for energy efficient buildings.

Patterned Panels for Architectural Design

This course will study in the practical and creative use of patterned panels for shade, screening, railing, and cladding.

Advanced Detailing for High Performance Envelopes

The Advanced Detailing for High-Performance Envelopes webinar is an interactive educational experience that will offer cutting-edge techniques in developing exterior envelope details. This webinar is perfect for all experience levels, from emerging professionals who will gain insights into the fundamentals of detailing to intermediate and expert practitioners who want to explore advances in building tectonics. The webinar will be divided up into three parts: a presentation on opaque assembly detailing principals, a presentation on advanced glazing details, and a presentation on detailing for complex geometries.

Understanding Architectural Low-E Coatings

This course will help you understand the solar energy spectrum, common glass performance measures and performance features and benefits of Low-E coatings. You’ll also have a basic understanding of how to prioritize and balance the unique aesthetic and performance needs of your project—no matter how big or small.