The AIA National Convention and Expo is set for June 20 to 22 in Denver, CO, and once again,natural stonewill be part of the education program as well as the expo, which features the Stone and Tile Pavilion, sponsored byStone World andContemporary Stone & Tile Design.

In addition to 700 exhibitors from all sectors of the architecture and construction sector, the AIA Expo show floor is once again offering education sessions, where architects can earn Learning Units towards their AIA credentials. Veronafiere, is hosting a number of these sessions at its booth (#2733):

June 20, June 21 and June 22 - 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The Willow School: An Environment Ethic in Design, Construction, and Curriculum

Presented by Stephanie U. Vierra, President of Vierra Design & Education Services, LLC in Gaithersburg, MD, this case study will provide an overview of the design and construction of The Willow School, an independent coeducational K-8 day school in Gladstone, NJ, and demonstrate how natural stone played an important role in the sustainability and performance goals of the project. The school is committed to combining academic excellence with the joy of learning and experiencing the wonder of the natural world. The Willow School was the second independent school in the U.S. to receive a LEED Gold rating.

June 20, June 21 and June 22 - 11:45 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Kroon Hall: A Case Study in Sustainable Stone Design

Co-Sponsored by the Building Stone Institute

This case study will provide valuable information on the new home of Yale University’s Kroon Hall, the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and demonstrate how natural stone played an important role in the sustainability goals and performance outcome of the project. The approach to this project demonstrates exemplary integrated design resulting in an award-winning and high-performing building that sets the bar for sustainable design on Yale’s campus.

June 22 - 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Natural Stone from Trentino: Case Study-Requalification of the Main Piazza in Rosa’, Italy

This session is presented by Vincent Marazita of Marazita & Associates, a long-time provider of AIA education as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy. It will provide an overview of the geological wealth of the Trentino Region, located in Northeastern Italy.  The session will present dimensional stones that are available in this region and address both historical and contemporary architectural uses of stone in this area. It will then take a more in-depth look at the most used natural stone in the region: porphyry. Finally, the session will cover an award-winning project in Horizontal Architecture; an award-winning urban design  project in Rosa’, Italy.This seminar was a collaboration with Trentino Sprint (regional promotions agency), ESPO (promotions of the quality control, installation and use of porphyry) and Marazita & Associates (International Stone Consultants).

AIA Expo-Stone and Tile Pavilion Exhibitors

Arizona Tile #2239, Laticrete International #2238, Las Vegas Rock #2237, Stones and Roses International #2236, Natural Stone Council #2233, Bellcomb Technologies #2335, Cold Spring Granite Co. #2333, Crossville #2435, Robert Stone #2433, Caesarstone #2533, Noble Co. #2535, Glenrock Distributing #2537, TerraCORE Panels #2538, Schlüter Systems #2539, Megaker #2640, Design By Guncast #2639, Quality Stone Veneer #2637, The North Carolina Granite Corp. #2636, #2740, Lundhs AS #2737, National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association #2736.