Continuing Education for Architects, Interior Designers, Kitchen & Bath Professionals, and Landscape Architects

The Marble Institue of America (MIA) provides architects and design professionals the continuing education and training programs they need to obtain credits, earn certifications, and maintain associate partnerships. As an instructor on behalf of the MIA and an active MIA member, Granex Industries offers the courses listed below at no charge as a service to the design community.

Introduction to Stone Design I

This one-hour class is designed for architects, landscape architects, and interior designers desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Learn more about the various natural stones (limestone, travertine, onyx, marble, serpentine, sandstone, slate, quartzite, and granite). Obtain information about common quarrying techniques, fabrication, and finishing methods. With this understanding, you’ll enhance your ability to select the right stone, fabrication technique, and finish for your project.

Learning objectives include:

Obtain a better understanding of the various types of natural stone.
Learn about common quarrying techniques.
Gain knowledge about stone fabrication and finishing methods.
Understand how the unique characteristics of different types of natural stone affect their performance as a building material
Program Length: 60 minutes

AIA Course Number: MIA01, 1.0 HSW LU
IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU-101366, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
LACES (ASLA, CSLA, CELA, CLARB, LAAB, LAF) Course Number: ASLA2, 1.0 HSW LU
NKBA: MIA213R, 0.1 CEU

Introduction to Stone Design II

This one-hour class is designed for architects, landscape architects, and interior designers desiring to gain a full understanding of natural stone as a building material. Attendees will better understand stone testing requirements needed for some residential, commercial, interior and exterior applications. They will also learn about many common applications of natural stone including walking surfaces, vertical surfaces, furniture and countertops.

Learning objectives include:

Explain Stone Testing and Quality Control Methods
Identify Common Applications of Natural Stone — Exterior, Interior, Residential, & Commercial
Learn about Walking Surfaces (Flooring, Stairs, & Thresholds) & Vertical Surfaces (Adhered Systems, Anchored Systems, and Stone Thickness)
Explain Common Considerations Needed for Stone Furniture and Countertops
Program Length: 60 minutes

AIA Course Number: MIA02, 1.0 HSW LU
IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU-101367, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 HSW CEU
LACES (ASLA, CSLA, CELA, CLARB, LAAB, LAF) Course Number: ASLA1, 1.0 HSW LU

Marble Use in the Kitchen

Specific to natural stone, many may think that you can only use granite on a kitchen countertop. This class will focus on the use of marble in the kitchen which is on the rise in the U.S. (note: marble has been used in kitchens for hundreds of years, especially in Europe). Attendees will learn that the use of marble in a kitchen will require different protective treatments. They will also learn more about the increasing trend of marble use in the kitchen; obtain unique design elements of using marble for a countertop surface; and, expand their ability to set the proper consumer expectation.

This one-hour class is designed for residential, hospitality, and facilities management design professionals.

Learning objectives include:

Learn more about the increasing trend of marble use in the kitchen.
Obtain unique design elements of using marble for a countertop surface.
Expand your ability to set the proper consumer expectation.
Program Length: 60 minutes

AIA Course Number: MIA03, 1.0 HSW/LU
IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU- 101368, Subject Code: 2.3, 0.1 General CEU
NKBA: MIA313R , 0.1 CEU

Natural Stone: The Evolving Market, Technology & Applications

This seminar will showcase the story of genuine stone in a variety of ways including a tour of a stone facility. Witness a 10 minute video showcasing the history of stone, modern day quarrying techniques, and stone’s durability, beauty, and value. Learn and discuss landscape, interior and exterior use and application of natural stone. Obtain more information about the use of sandstone, bluestone, limestone, and quartzite for hardscapes, as well as the interior use of limestone, marble, granite and slate. Study the use of limestone for trims, caps, stoops, poolcopings, watertables, veneers, and much more. See the importance of how safety in production practices is a key part to the stone industry.

Learning objectives include:

Learn about the history of stone, modern day quarrying techniques, and stone’s durability, beauty, and value.
Study and discuss landscape, interior and exterior use and application of natural stone.
Obtain information about integrating trims, caps, stoops, poolcopings, watertables, veneers, etc into your designs.
Tour a stone facility and view stone, stone applications, safety practices and/or the equipment used to fabricate stone.
Program Length: 60 minutes

AIA Course Number: 2011TL, 1.0 HSW LU
NKBA Course Number: MIA113R, 0.1 CEU
IDCEC (ASID, IDC, IDEC, and IIDA) Course Number: CEU-101088, Subject Code: 5.3, 0.1 General CEU
LACES (ASLA, CSLA, CELA, CLARB, LAAB, LAF) Course Number: ASLA4, 1.0 HSW LU
NKBA: 0.1 LU

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