As a member of FSA, a division of ATA, you can be involved in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). FSA, has a course that you may present to architects in your area.

AIA 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. FSA provides this opportunity by being a division of IFAI, an official provider of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA)

Continuing Education System (CES)
Architects will receive credits for the courses and learn more about the advantages of incorporating shade systems into their designs. To maintain accreditation, architects are required to attain 24 credit hours of continuing education every 2 years. Below is FSA’s AIA-accredited course that architects can attend to obtain credits to help fulfill architect certification, as well as create mutually beneficial one-on-one relationships with architecture and design firms.

Course #1

Introduction to Architectural Fabric Structures

In this overview of the fabric structures industry, the course identifies fabric as a building material and addresses the types of tensile fabric/membrane structures, membrane foil types, and fabric materials used in today’s architectural structures. Discover the advantages, design considerations, and solutions for transforming shade from weather covering to total enclosures and realize fabric as an ideal material for architectural structures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define architectural fabric membrane structures
  • Learn the basic fabric/foil materials available
  • Identify basic divisions or types of tension fabric/membrane structures
  • Explain advantages and considerations in architectural fabric design
  • Identify various applications of fabric structures

Interested In Taking Our Courses?

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