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.
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.
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.
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.
by Mountain Lumber Company, February 2010
Samples, design ideas, and specifying information for reclaimed and recycled hardwood flooring products from around the world.
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.
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.
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.
by Windsor One, November 2007
An explanation of design intent and best practices in selecting and specifying moldings for custom residential work.
by Baldwin Hardware, September 2007
A showing of high-end residential door and window hardware.