The following is a list of Continuing Education courses the firm has sponsored recently:

 

SPEAKER TECHNOLOGY (IMPROVEMENTS IN PERFORMANCE AND AESTHETICS)

by Bryan Mills from MILLS CUSTOM AUDIO/VIDEO and Greg Eckerle from DANA INNOVATIONS , March 2015

We discussed the properties of sound/speakers and how new technology has changed placement and aesthetics of speaker systems in the home.

 

THE LIGHTING RENAISSANCE 1

by Cameron Albin from LUTRON, January 2015

Discussed lighting from general (types of light bulbs) to more specific (Magnetic drivers vs. Electronic drivers). This informative discussion was followed up by an in depth analysis of different types of lighting control systems and Lutron’s

new LED light line.

 

CHICAGO VIP LUXURY SUMMIT

by LUXE HOME, October 2014

LuxeHome invited Thomas Shafer Architects along with 125 other leaders in Chicago’s Architecture, Interior Design,and Custom Home Building to a day-long symposium to discuss the market & economy, transforming your company, and understanding the needs and wants of the client today.

 

LIMESTONE:ORIGIN TO ORDER ATTENDEE

by Michael Schumacher of VALDERS STONE & MARBLE, INC., September 2014

An in-depth description of limestone, its origins, and how to specify the type of limestone that you need at each condition. All limestone is not created equal and there are many categories important to determining the quality limestone.

 

NATIONAL AIA CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO

by American Institute of Architects: Chicago Chapter, June 2014

Three members of the Thomas Shafer Architects team attended the Conference and enjoyed three days of Architectural gold. Meeting other Architects, a variety of Vendors, and attended a myriad of classes such as “Knowledge-led Firms: Insignts into Programs of Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Sharing”, “New Hybrid Drawing Techniques for the Design Process that Merge Pencils with Pixels”, and “Avoiding or Reducing Architect-Contractor Conflicts in Small Projects”.

 

USAI LED LIGHTING WITH KSA

by Brian Curry of USAI Lighting and Sharon Olsen of KSA Lighting, March 2014

A brief overview of all the LED lighting that USAI has to offer and a quick discussion on how far LED lights have come in the last 20, 10, and 5 years. Also the new Warm Glow Dimming by USAI and how it will change your lighting specification forever.

 

FOLDING DOOR SYSTEMS: ENHANCING INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OPEN SPACES

by Stacy Jordan of LaCANTINA DOORS, December 2013

An overview of the design capabilities and possibilities of folding doors that transform and enhance open spaces while balancing energy efficiency and fresh air ventilation, in residential and commercial applications.

 

GLASS WORKS

by Dave Crogan of GLASS WORKS, November 2013

A brief overview of different products and services supplied by Glass Works with a focus on new Panda Doors.

 

3 FORM

by Renee Silverstein of 3 FORM, October 2013

A brief overview of different products supplied by 3 Form with a focus on Light Art a 3 Form company.

 

PARKLEX AND OTHER EXTERIOR GRADE PRODUCTS

by ARCSPEC, September 2013

A brief overview of different products supplied by Arcspec with a focus on Parklex and Swiss Pearl.

 

PAINT 201: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS AND PROBLEM SOLVING TECHNIQUES

by Jason Walker of Benjamin Moore, June 2013

A discussion on the different types of paints and the pros and cons of each. What to use? Where to use? When to use? How to use? Why to use?

 

AFFORDABLE WINDOW DESIGN

by Woodland Windows & Doors, January 2013

An introduction to Woodland’s project portfolio and a discussion on designing an affordable window package.

 

PLUMBING FIXTURE SPECIFICATION

by Waterworks, January 2013

A discussion about the current trend of hardware selection due to the current economic climate. What are clients looking for? and how the Internet is affecting their selections.

 

SHEET METAL DESIGN

by Craig Mize, December 2012

An in-depth discussion about sheet metal flashing details and gutters with an emphasis on impact to budget.

 

NEW RESIDENTIAL PRODUCTS

by Sun Valley Bronze, October 2012

A look at new products for traditional residences with an emphasis on affordability.

 

HARDWARE VS. BUDGET

by Chicago Brass and Community Home Supply, October 2012

A discussion on cutting cost without sacrificing quality in the current Economic climate. How finish selections can make or break a budget.

 

LIVE ROOF/ LIVE WALL

by LiveRoof and LiveWall, June 2012

Investigation of LiveRoof and LiveWall systems and their roll in sustainable home design in the 21st century. How can we incorporate green roofs and walls?

 

NOISE CONTROL FOR BUILDING

by Certainteed, May 2012

Designing for noise control. What is the most efficient way to control sound transmission?

 

SPRAY-IN FOAM INSULATION

by Certainteed, August 2010

A detailed look at the science and practical applications of all types of spray-in foam insulation with an emphasis on climate-specific best practices.

 

INVISIBLE SPEAKER & HOME ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

by Mills Custom Audio/Video and Sonance, June 2010

Seamless, concealed, and ‘invisible’ home audio and electronic devices for high-end residential applications.

 

GYPSUM CONSTRUCTION

by USG Corporation, May 2010

Design, construction, and specifying guidelines for high-end gypsum finishes, with a look at new sustainable gypsum products.

 

RESIDENTIAL SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

by U.S. Fire Protection, March 2010

An overview of code requirements and installation practices for residential fire sprinkler systems.

 

RECLAIMED LUMBER

by Mountain Lumber Company, February 2010

Samples, design ideas, and specifying information for reclaimed and recycled hardwood flooring products from around the world.

 

NEW RESIDENTIAL PRODUCTS

by Waterworks, January 2010

A look at new tile products and plumbing fixtures for residences, with an emphasis on sustainable options.

 

CLAY ROOF TILES AND RAIN SCREENS

by Ludowici Roof Tile, November 2009

Information on the design and installation of traditional clay tile roofs, as well as new clay tile applications as cladding and rain screens.

 

BEST PRACTICES IN FLAT ROOFING APPLICATIONS

by Certainteed, August 2009

A detailed look at correctly designing and specifying flat roof systems for any project type.

 

RESIDENTIAL ELEVATOR DESIGN

by To the Top Elevators, July 2009

An overview on new and established residential elevator technologies.

 

PROPER BRICK MASONRY DETAILING

by The Brick Industry Association, April 2009

A discussion centering on moisture protection, wall movement and expansion joints, and unique detailing in brick masonry walls.

 

ADVANCES IN LED LIGHTING

by Archibald & Meek, March 2009

A presentation of new technologies and applications in energy-efficient residential lighting.

 

CURRENT PRACTICES IN RESIDENTIAL INSULATION

by Certainteed, February 2009

An overview of current residential insulation methods, particularly the use of spray-in foams and their advantages in improving energy efficiency, air quality, and mold and moisture management.

 

GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS

by Optimal Energy, December 2008

A comprehensive primer on geothermal heating & cooling systems.

 

BRONZE ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE

by Rocky Mountain Hardware, November 2008

A showing of high-end hand-crafted architectural hardware sets.

 

RESIDENTIAL CABINETRY

by Poliform, January 2008

A survey of new lines and trends in high-end Italian cabinetry, furniture, and wardrobe design.

 

WHOLE HOME INTEGRATED AUDIO/VISUAL SYSTEMS

by Baumeister Electronics, October 2008

A look at new technologies used in integrating residential lighting, entertainment, and HVAC systems.

 

DAYLIGHTING SOLUTIONS

by TGP Architectural, September 2008

Green strategies and new products in the field of building glazing / daylighting.

 

CUSTOM WOOD FLOORING INSTALLATIONS

by APEX Wood Floors, June 2008

Unique solutions in designing, specifying and installing high-end wood floors.

 

SUSTAINABLE RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING ALTERNATIVES

by KSA Lighting, June 2008

A presentation focusing on recent developments in the compact fluorescent and LED lighting market.

 

COPPER DESIGN APPLICATIONS

by The Copper Development Association, February 2008

Applications and proper detailing when designing with copper.

 

ARCHITECTURAL MOLDING

by Windsor One, November 2007

An explanation of design intent and best practices in selecting and specifying moldings for custom residential work.

 

ARCHITECTURAL HARDWARE

by Baldwin Hardware, September 2007

A showing of high-end residential door and window hardware.