Food for Thought is AIA Austin's own continuing education program, offering a chance to earn 4 HSW CEUs, two of which are ADA, to help with last-minute licensure and membership CE requirements at the end of year. Allied Members offer sessions on the latest techniques, practices, products, and technology in design and construction. 

Participation in the program is open to AIA members at a reduced rate and is also open to non-members.

Register to attend by clicking the button below. The registration deadline is Friday, November 15. All sales final. See our complete cancellation policy here.

Program Schedule

Wednesday, November 20

Save Time, Money, & Trees: Working with Arborists Effectively (1 LU/HSW)
Mark Mann, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Mr. Mann will present upon strategies to aid in efficient site study and permitting with an aim to preserve the right trees in the right spaces. Attendees will learn about tree biology, arborist coordination/sequencing with design teams, and construction impacts to tree health. Tips will be provided for quicker lot assessments and permitting timetables as well as for keeping clients/builders in the good graces of city staff while keeping trees healthy.

A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms (1 LU/HSW/ADA)
Dena Taylor and Ty Bullock, Archspec Sales Inc./Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets the minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. Many projects must also follow the provisions of the ICC A117.1 Standard, Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities. This course will identify the benefits of accessibility standards and the prescriptive requirements for accessible restrooms set by the ADA.

Sponsored by Exclusive Windows & Doors of Austin

Beyond ADA: Multigenerational Public Restroom Design (1 LU/HSW/ADA)
Dena Taylor and Ty Bullock, Archspec Sales Inc./Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

Multigenerational design is a growing trend in architecture and interior design. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, facilities must accommodate by more inclusive. The ADA Standards were developed to provide the baseline requirements needed to make a facility accessible to people with disabilities. Exceeding these requirements to achieve multigenerational design maximizes accessibility and inclusivity.

Sealant Durability – Critical for Health, Energy, and Economy (1 LU/HSW)
David Nicastro, Building Diagnostics, Inc.

Sealant is used on every building, but used wrong on most of them. This presentation will synthesize a practical understanding of sealant durability based on theoretical behavior, observations from failure case studies, and research and test results from The Durability Lab, a research-establishment at The University of Texas at Austin.


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