The American Institute of Architects plays an active role in the continuing education of its members. The AIA offers valued opportunities for AIA members to maximize their professional skills through effective learning partnerships with firms, continuing education providers, and all AIA components.
The AIA makes specialized information available to Registered CES Providers as well as to AIA members. Fabric Architecture magazine provides this opportunity by partnering with the Fabric Structures Association of IFAI, an official provider of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES).
Fabric Architecture provides articles of relevance to architects on the techniques and requirements for designing with fabric. Each of these Continuing Education articles has a corresponding test comprised of 10 questions. Test takers who pass with 70% correct or more can report their results to IFAI to gain AIA/CES credits.
For more information on the AIA/CES program, please visit www.aia.org.
The Fabric Structures Association promotes the use and growth of fabric structures in the Americas. FSA has an AIA/CES approved course on how fabric structures that use fabric can be incorporated into your designs. It lists the types of fabric structures, materials used in these structures and describes the history of fabric structures. After completion of this course, participants will be able to:
- Understand what lightweight structures are.
- Comprehend different types of structures and their uses.
- Understand energy and sustainability issues in regards to these structures.
- Grasp the basic design process.
- Understand the different materials used in fabric structures.
- Identify the advantages of using fabrics as a building material.