At the seventh edition of the Veronafiere-American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Seminar on stone, which is sponsored by Stone World Magazine, architects from the U.S. and abroad underwent an intensive four-day learning experience in Verona, Italy. The education session combined classroom seminars and site visits on the processing of stone and specific architectural applications. On the opening day of the program, the architects got a first-hand look at all of the steps taken to create the stonework for the new Banco Popolare project in Verona.
From there, the tour moved to the next session, â€œStone Processing: Sawing, Resin Process, Finishing.â€ First, the architects visited a marble gangsawing operation to learn how blocks are processed into raw slabs, and then they visited a plant for polishing and applying resin to stone slabs.
Veronafiere, an AIA CES provider and member of the Marble Institute of America, accepts a total of 15 U.S. architects each year for this program. Architects compete for scholarships that cover tuition, meals, hotel accommodations and local transportation. Each participant is responsible for their own transportation between the U.S. and Verona as well as an administrative fee of $350.