AIA 2019: Glass Solutions, Education, Collaboration

Glass and glazing companies serve as architect resources, on and off the show floor
Bethany Stough
April 17, 2019
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Glass Solutions | Collaboration | Education

  • 50+ GLASS AND GLAZING EXHIBITORS Glass and glazing exhibitors

  • 19 Glass & glazing continuing education opportunities

  • 12 Dedicated Expo Hours

Architects have a real thirst for technical information. To support that, we invest heavily in direct architect support, with architectural reps all over the country. We’ve also been investing in our website and developing online tools. We built our Education Center without content branding. Based on monthly visitors, we know this serves a purpose beyond product promotion, so we are adding to that, building it out. We have hundreds of technical documents available online. 

Rob Struble, manager of brand and communications, Vitro

We want to be where architects are. This means an online presence, which includes our accredited AIA program available online anytime. It also means attending industry events and supporting the AIA. We support events, speak at events. And, we have a national network of 30 architectural reps across the country to reach architects. With national and local coverage and an online presence, we just want to be where they are. 

Diana San Diego, vice president of marketing, Safti First

Beginning this year, we’ve entered a strategic partnership with the AIA, so we can work more closely with architects to ensure our product and service offering meets their needs and helps solve the challenges they face. Whether it’s up-to-date, readily available product information, assistance with product specification or application support to ensure the right product is used, we want to make sure architects have all the tools and resources they need.

Brenda Kelly, vice president, marketing and commercial excellence, OBE

Through our acquisition of BEST, dormakaba increased its architectural specification team footprint. This team creates an incredible opportunity for dormakaba to make architects aware of the vast portfolio we have to offer when designing for any vertical. Working with subject matter experts, by product line, we are able to assist architects in their design, so they have the best possible solutions and think through the usage and requirements for each opening.

Tasha Birdwell, product marketing manager, Entrance Systems & Interior Glass Systems, dormakaba

Visit GlassMagazine.com for a sneak peek of glass and glazing products and more information from AIA exhibitors.


The annual AIA Conference on Architecture and Architecture Expo, comes to Las Vegas, June 6-8. The Expo, which occupies 200,000 square feet of the Las Vegas Convention Center, runs 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6-7. The event’s theme, Blueprint for a Better Future, emphasizes design that takes on the critical challenges facing cities—and the world—today. About 50 glass and glazing industry exhibitors will showcase the latest products, technologies and expertise to help architects find solutions for those challenges. (See glass and glazing exhibitors below.

“The role of the A&D community is ever expanding as buildings continue to play an increasingly critical role in communities, expression of art and modern living,” says Brenda Kelly, vice president, marketing and commercial excellence of AIA exhibitor and partner Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope. “[This] gives the architectural metal, glass and glazing industry an opportunity to be an integral part of delivering a solution, not just a product. Our aim is to help architects solve their projects’ challenges so the end result marries design and functionality for owners and occupants.”

Glass and glazing industry companies and advocates work to solve the challenges facing architects every day, through relationship building, technical resources, shared expertise and new product solutions. To that end, the National Glass Association, will be on hand on the exhibit floor to connect attendees with industry resources and expertise. Attendees can Ask the Expert at NGA booth #6418, with engineers and code consultants on hand to answer glass and glazing code questions.

Strengthening its role in bridging the industry and architect gap, this year the NGA will launch a new Continuing Education partnership with Architectural Record. The partnership makes it possible for the NGA to offer a glass industry academy on Architectural Record’s CES online platform, and host Alex Bachrach, publisher, during a panel discussion at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Sept. 17-19 in Atlanta. 

“This major partnership speaks to the NGA’s dedication to education and industry advocacy,” says Andrew Haring, NGA vice president of business development. “We are connecting our vetted industry knowledge with architects through the most prevalent, recognized voice in the architectural arena. This partnership is a direct and effective conduit to connect architects to the possibilities of glass.”

Part of connecting architects to glass is increasing awareness and making connections—two things industry exhibitors plan to accomplish during the show. “Our goal this year is to raise brand awareness, especially in the Western region, to have architects understand what we do,” says Steve Schohan, marketing manager, YKK AP. “We hope to demonstrate that we collaborate with them as a partner to help bring their visions to life.”

Vitro Architectural Glass has a new exhibition concept in mind to better define and promote the industry. “With as much information as we have online, we have [established] channels for direct architectural support and product education. This year at the show, we’d like to generate support for other aspects of [the] industry,” says Rob Struble, manager of brand and communications, Vitro. “We want to have a presence at the show, but more than the traditional big product booth on the exhibit floor. We’ll devote our space to advocacy, to discussing with architects the issues that are important to the glass industry. This year the focus is on glass and avian research.”

Safti First relies on architect relationships and conversations, some had during the AIA Expo, to push the envelope of product development, says Diana San Diego, vice president of marketing, Safti First. This year, the company will showcase a new product that is a direct response to architect demand. “We always get questions from architects about if we can do it, and if not yet when. They always want to get to the next step,” says San Diego. “We’ll push new product at this year’s show and we’re providing a CE course on fire-rated glazing. But we’re also there to answer their questions.”

Expo entrance AIA conference

The entrance to the Expo (Above) and the YKK AP booth during the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York.

KK AP booth during the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York

Glass and Glazing Opportunities

Thursday, June 6

10:30am - 11:30am 

Designing with Fire-Rated Glass
Learn how current testing and code requirements apply to various fire-rated applications. Gain a better understanding of how today's advanced fire-rated glazing systems meet additional requirements, such as ballistic, blast, hurricane, security, etc. Examine the latest design options for fire-rated entrances, storefronts, curtain walls and floors. Presented by Safti First. 

Glass and Glazing Exhibitors

Company & Booth

Accurate Perforating 6110

AGC Glass Co. North America 8309

Allegion 6920

Andersen Windows and Doors 5130

Arcadia Inc. 7844

Arnold Glas Corp. 4328

Assa Abloy 2208

Avanti Systems 7522

Azon 5238

Bacon's Architectural Muntins 9135

CRL-U.S. Aluminum 6329

dormakaba 7935

EFCO Corp. 5545

Ferro Dip-Tech 7823

Galaxy Glass & Stone 2522

Glass Flooring Systems 7622

Guardian Glass 6907

H Window Co. 4322

Hendrick Architectural 7119

Hoskin & Muir 7713

Jeld-Wen 6321

Kawneer 4525LL

Keller Minimal Windows by Smartglass 3016

Linetec 4735

LTI Smart Glass 5344

Major Industries Inc. 6016

Mapes Panels LLC & Mapes Canopies LLC 4845

Marvin Windows and Doors 3928

Nana Wall Systems 4925

National Glass Association 6418

Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope 4907LL

Optimum Window Mfg. Corp. 5922

Ozone India 6240

Panoramah 2223

Peerless Products 4319

Petersen Aluminum Corp. 6416

Qualysis 6735

Rampart Facade Systems 6340

Reveal Windows 3918

SAF Perimeter Systems 6641

Safti First 7413

Sierra Pacific Windows 5307

Sika Corp. 4930

Sky-Frame 2414

Tremco 2119

Tubelite Inc. 4735

Velux America LLC 6107

Vitro Architectural Glass 9340

VPI Quality Window 2426

Walker Glass Co. 7710

YKK AP America 7330

Program Code: EX201
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: CE Theater B, Booth 8545

10:30am - 11:30am 

Designing Innovative Façades for Healthcare
Get a high-level look at factors that influence protecting occupants. Explore the issues behind the codes along with the range of solutions designed to address them. Presented by Kawneer Co.

Program Code: EL801a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: Kawneer Learning Lounge, Booth 4525LL

10:30am - 11:30am 

You’ve Got This: Interpreting an Architectural Hardware Submittal
Better understand submittal terminology to save time, money and sanity during the hardware approval process—all while satisfying security, access and code requirements. Presented by dormakaba.

Program Code: EL501a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: dormakaba Learning Lounge, Booth 7939LL

Demystifying Acoustics in the Demountable Systems Environment
Learn how to enhance acoustics within interior demountable systems environments. You’ll discuss market factors, product types, typical applications and product materials. And you’ll walk away with the knowledge you need to specify the correct product for every acoustical application. Presented by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope and Holoform. 

Program Code: EL151a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/RIBA
Location: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Learning Lounge, Booth 4907LL

12:15pm - 1:15pm 

Critic’s Choice: Understanding Architectural Openings for Entertainment Venues
Watch experts demonstrate how architectural hardware, access-control systems and thoughtfully defined spaces enhance the patron experience. Presented by dormakaba.

Program Code: EL502a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: dormakaba Learning Lounge, Booth 7939LL

Critical Factors When Considering Demountable Walls
Join this session to develop a holistic understanding of demountable wall systems. This course covers market issues, product types, typical applications, acoustics, IRS tax depreciation, ADA building codes, and LEED 4 points. Presented by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

Program Code: EL152a
Credits: 1.00 LU/RIBA
Location: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Learning Lounge, Booth 4907LL

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Principles of Glass Selection for Façades
Explore the glass selection process and aesthetic options that meet project design and performance requirements. Understand the variety of performance coatings and customized glass fabrication options. Learn about key criteria in glass selection, how to view samples and low-emissivity coatings, and the fabrication process. Presented by Guardian Glass.

Program Code: EX203
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: CE Theater B, Booth 8545

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Designing Innovative Façades for Healthcare
(see above)

3:30pm - 4:30pm 

Making the Right Choice: Window Wall, Curtain Wall, or Storefront
Learn how to select the right product for various projects to avoid potential construction and performance issues. Understand how to select the best system for your application to help ensure success on your next project. Presented by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

Program Code: EL153a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/RIBA
Location: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Learning Lounge, Booth 4907LL

Friday, June 7

10:30am - 11:30am 

How to Select the Right Large Door for Your Project
Explore the ins and outs of large door selection. Learn how to manage client aesthetic expectations with environmental conditions, building performance and durability concerns. Presented by Andersen Windows.

Program Code: EX105
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: CE Theater A, Booth 8145

10:30am - 11:30am 

Fenestration Performance Testing: Critical Considerations to Ensure Success
Understand the kinds of tests available and the many test considerations for both generic and customized systems in addition to planning the administration requirements, to assist in both the testing program and the project’s success. Presented by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

Program Code: EL154a
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/RIBA
Location: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope Learning Lounge, Booth 4907LL

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Designing Innovative Façades for Healthcare
(see above)

Making the Right Choice: Window Wall, Curtain Wall, or Storefront
(see above)

2:00pm - 3:00pm

You’ve Got This: Interpreting an Architectural Hardware Submittal
(see above)

Fenestration Performance Testing: Critical Considerations to Ensure Success
(see above)

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Glass Railing Systems: Critical Code & Design Considerations
Join this session for an overview of glass railing system design and installation best practices. Learn about new IBC requirements, performance standards and the latest glazing methods. Presented by C.R. Laurence Co.

Program Code: EX108
Credits: 1.00 LU/HSW/GBCI/RIBA
Location: CE Theater A, Booth 8145

Critic’s Choice: Understanding Architectural Openings for Entertainment Venues
(see above)

Designing Innovative Façades for Healthcare
(see above)

Critical Factors When Considering Demountable Walls
(see above)

Stough is managing editor for Glass Magazine, GlassMagazine.com and e-glass weekly. Write her at bstough@glass.org.