Continuing Education

AIA Fort Worth offers monthly seminars that provide AIA members and Non-Members with opportunities to pursue Continuing Education Credits.  These events are free for members.


Please visit AIAU for online continuing education opportunities

How to obtain Continuing Education Transcripts and report Self-Directed Activities

Your Balance Sheet and You: Wealth Design for Architects by Rethink Wealth, LLC (1LU)
Tuesday, April 21st   12-1pm  Register
Conventional wisdom doesn’t always stand the test of time. This is true in the financial world as well. Many ideas once held as common knowledge are no longer accurate in today’s economy.  As Architects work hard to make the most of their income to crate momentum towards short, mid, and long-term goals, many have a heightened sense of anxiety when it comes to their financial outlook, especially in times of economic change.

Sustainable Brick Masonry by Acme Brick (1LU)
Tuesday, May 5th    12-1pm   Register
Brick is a material that has been used for thousands of years and is a natural fit for today’s sustainable designs. Brick also looks ahead with surprisingly low embodied energy. Attendees will learn what features of brick fit in with sustainable design practices, including regional materials, very low construction waste, ease of recycling, zero emissions, and even considerable energy savings in a complete wall assembly.

Acoustics and the Modern Human by Frasch (1HSW)
Tuesday, June 2nd    12-1pm       Register
April and May dates also offered.
Rapidly changing trends in our society, such as urbanization and modern lifestyle, have resulted in isolation of humans from our experiences within nature. Early research has shown that psychological effects of biophilic design on noise perception have a significant influence in the well-being and health such as focus, information retention, productivity and creativity. In this course, we will identify these potential problems and the effects of them; as well as outline different corrective actions to mitigate/lessen the issues.


AIA: What Architects and Firms Need to Know About the Federal Coronavirus Stimulus Plan  View Recording

3 Ways to Stay Productive, Aligned, and Stress Free While Working From Home.  View Recording

ICC: Online Access to Codes and Standards (1LU)
April 17th 11am-12pm  Register

ICC: Certifications and Training Update (1LU)
April 21st 11am-12pm   Register

AIA Houston: Acoustic Separation using Motor Driven Operable Partitions (1HSW)  April 22nd 12pm-1pm  Register

AIA Dallas: PRACTICE MANAGEMENT: Marketing & Business Development (2LU)  April 28th 11:30am-1:30pm   Register

Check out TxA’s CE Calendar for more webinars

Past Events

Frost Tower Tour (1LU)   RSVP

Tue, Jan 28, 2020      5:30 PM       640 Taylor St. Fort Worth

Come enjoy a guided tour of 2019 AIA Fort Worth Design Award recipient Frost Tower designed by Bennett Benner Partners

The tour will focus on the building exterior (weather permitting), ground level lobby, sky lobby and Palmwood Event Center.

Parking will be available in the building. Enter on 5th Street to the upper level garage. Please note that 5th is one-way heading east.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will learn how the exterior of the building was studied to meet local design standards

2. Attendees will learn about the Sky Lobby concept in the design of office buildings

3. Attendees will learn about destination dispatch elevator systems

4. Attendees will learn about how Unitized Curtain Wall systems were used in the accelerated construction schedule

Lunch & Learn – Your Balance Sheet and You: Wealth Design for Architects     RSVP

Tue, Jan 14, 2020     12:00 PM      1201 Evans Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76104

Presented by: Brendan Fenno – Rethink Wealth, LLC

Learning Objectives:

• Structure: The four components of a financial life

• Function and Flexibility: Wealth Building Potential and Cash Flow

• The Four Principles of Personal Planning

• The Three Phases of Business Planning

• Growth, Retention, and Exit Planning considerations

• Case study and technical assessment

• Resources for practical application

Lunch & Learn: Better BIM Workflows (1HSW)

Presented by Graphisoft
October 8th
Connex: 1201 Evans Avenue

Learning Objectives:• How to incorporate a BIM workflow throughout the design and construction process, creating a truly collaborative approach between architects, construction and engineer consultants, and clients.

• How to easily perform real-time edits of a building information model

• How to leverage the model to output construction documents without having to show less

• The benefits of utilizing live 3D walk-throughs with clients, communicating the high level of modeling and detail in the design, and addressing design changes early, saving both time and money.

Earn HSW units with American Windows of DFW

October 15th  9am-11:30am   Lunch Provided
Presented by  American Windows of DFW
3006 SE Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76140

RSVP to John Poe at

Lunch & Learn: House Bill 2439
Wednesday, November 6
Connex: 1201 Evans Ave.
Credit pendingCome and learn about one of the state house bills (House Bill 2439) related to building materials and the effect it will have on design in Fort Worth. Justin Newhart, Acting Manager of the City’s Preservation & Design department, will walk you through the basics of House Bill 2439, what areas of the City’s Zoning Ordinance will be effected, and how the City intends to enforce and incentive various aspects of the bill.

1. Understand the substance of H.B. 2439 and what areas are affected.

2. Learn how H.B. 2439 effects certain parts of the City’s Zoning Ordinance.

3. Learn how the city is differentiating between materials and design.

4. Learn about various financial incentives the City is considering to encourage high quality design.


Past Events

September 6 2019 – Tour of American Polymers Corp’s new Bedford Facility (1HSW)

11:30am-1:30pm   Bedford, TX
Lunch provided
HSW Education Class
Members of AIA Dallas and AIA Fort Worth Welcome

Lunch & Learn: Stormwater Management: Not All Permeable Pavers are Created Equal(1LU)

July 9, 2019

Connex Office Park – 1201 Evans Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76104

Learning Objectives:

Analyze onsite and offsite storm water management (SWM) requirements, conditions, and contexts to identify the most suitable onsite SWM strategy that meets those conditions

Identify the most suitable permeable paving alternative(s) to support that strategy

Design, detail, and specify an effective permeable plastic paving SWM system

Inspect a permeable pavers site throughout the construction process to ensure proper installation and performance

Presenter: TrueGrid

Big Concept/Small Project: adventures in sole practioning

By Bart Shaw, AIA

September 14th 12-1pm 601 Spring Street, Shreveport, LA

Learning Objectives:

 1: Discuss the challenges of construction methods and the current

contractor environment.

 2: Examine how the selection of building materials for resilience and

durability to address clients program requirements, can be utilized as feature

design elements.

 3: Relay the importance of involving tradesmen and contractors in

dialogue about the design and quality of construction goals before beginning

construction. Explain how these conversations have influenced their

construction approach.

 4: Investigate available fabrication techniques and creative ways to

sucessfully express conceptual design in finished construction.

June 19th 2018 @ Ideaworks 12-1pm

CES: A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms (Accessibility CE credit)

AIA Fort Worth presents Bobrick’s one-hour “Lunch and Learn” continuing education program “A Planning Guide for Accessible Restrooms.” John Cox, Bobrick’s architectural representative in Texas will make the presentation.

May 22nd 2018 @ Ideaworks 12-1pm

CES: Lighting Design for Indoor Spaces (1 HSW)

Lighting Design for Indoor Spaces is an introductory course that introduces lighting styles, fixture types, and controls, while demonstrating the best practices for lighting in various applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the different types of lighting distributions used in indoor lighting.
  • Analyze the various fixture types commonly specified in indoor lighting applications.
  • Identify the different types of fixture controls and methods of controlling lights within an indoor space.
  • Analyze the Behavioral Effects of Lighting and how behavioral research fits in to lighting design.
  • Identify best practices for Lighting Applications in the education, healthcare, and retail markets.

March 21st 2018 @ The Modern 6-8pm (2LU)

Good Neighbors Great Neighborhoods


Maria Martinez-Cosio,

Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Arlington


Paul Dennehy, Dennehy Architects

Gaye Reed, Coldwell Banker

Evan Thompson, executive director, Preservation Texas

Historic Fort WorthAIA Fort Worth, and the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington are pleased to present a new, collaborative Good Neighborhoods Initiative. On March 21, we will host a public discussion at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth called “Good Neighbors, Great Neighborhoods” that will bring together experts in architecture, real estate, law, and preservation to tackle questions about managing change in Fort Worth neighborhoods. Our panelists include Paul Dennehy of Dennehy Architects, with years of experience working in Fort Worth neighborhoods and urban design; Gaye Reed, with expertise in residential real estate; and Evan Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas, with expertise in law and policy that informs strategies to manage historic neighborhoods and properties.

This free event will engage neighborhood leaders, residents, designers, and anyone who cares about cities in open conversation about design and planning tools than can help plan for and achieve sustainable community development that serves all.

February 22nd 2018@ Ideaworks 12-1pm

CES: Introduction to Thin Brick (1 HSW)

Today’s building designers are rapidly increasing the use of adhered cladding systems and materials.
Thin brick is becoming a popular adhered cladding material and as a result many brick manufactures
are beginning to produce more thin brick. This presentation is an introduction to thin brick, its’
characteristics, installation methods and its’ common uses.

January 19th 2018 @ Ideaworks 12-1pm

CES: Designing Transformational Learning Environments from the Ground Up

Designing Transformational Learning Environments from the Ground Up


There are various facets to learning environments – both physical and mental. Each of them plays into how effective learning can be fostered in schools. Transformational learning and transformation leadership go hand in hand. Much like the corporate world, we believe that there is a leadership mentality required to create school environments that inspire learning. Their physical spaces must represent this mindset.

Designers have an innate understanding of how physical environments can elicit certain desired behaviors. These behavioral responses can change the culture of institutions. We believe it can further efforts in K-12 education, too.

During this CEU course, we will review ways to integrate a culture of transformational change both physically and mentally – one that invites teachers to lead and students to learn. We’ll propose that flooring can serve as a physical cue of dedication to teachers and students alike, using case studies where schools have empowered teachers and made students feel safe and welcome.

Discover how transformational learning environments start from the ground up.

December 5th 2017 @ Ideaworks 12-1pm

CES: Designing with Concrete Masonry Units for a Healthier, Safer Building Environment

Credits: 1 LU


Description: This program covers concrete masonry units, the unit manufacturing, ASTM standards, and product reliability. This Presentation meets AIA requirements for a one hour HSW credit.

Learning Objective: At the conclusion of this presentation the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand minimum requirements for CMU qualifications
  2. Understanding fire prevention with CMU’s, and prevention of water penetration
  3. Understanding life cycle, sustainability with CMU material.

October 24th 2017 at The Modern (1HSW)

Lecture by Sheila Kennedy, FAIA
MIT: Professor of Architecture
Director of Design & Applied Research: MATx
Principal: Kennedy & Violich Architecture, Ltd.

MIX MIX MAX MIN:  Shelia Kennedy’s lecture will reflect on how the changing conditions of nature in flux, digital technology and the ever-expanding built environment are shifting the material culture of architecture. Drawing from recent built work, Kennedy will present and discuss a set of material design strategies that she is developing in her practice at KVA Matx. These include the hybridization of renewable materials, the re-discovery and new deployment of ancient materials in contemporary architecture, the architectural mixing of natural, virtual and constructed ‘categories’ of matter, and design that minimizes carbon emissions and maximizes material experience.

October 10th @ Ideaworks 6-7:30pm (1.5 LU)

Patricia Ramallo, Manager of Experience + Education will present an NCARB presentation which will cover the steps to licensure, including the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE), as well as the NCARB Certificate and Texas-specific requirements.

September 27th @ IdeaWorks 12-1pm (1 HSW)

Provides an overview of cement backer board, features and benefits, and versatile interior and exterior applications with a focus on exterior applications, including Cement Board Stucco Systems (CBSS) and Cement Board Masonry Veneer (CBMV). The program reviews CBSS and CBMV components and performance benefits.

Participants will be able to describe and compare three different types of cement backer board in terms of composition, characteristics and applications. Understand Cement Board Stucco System (CBSS) features and performance benefits, and compare to traditional stucco installation systems. Understand Cement Board Masonry Veneer (CMVS) features and performance benefits and compare to traditional masonry installation systems.

July 11th @ IdeaWorks


We are pleased to announce the release of SMARTreview APR, the innovative addin to Autodesk Revit that establishes an entirely new category of service for the building design community, software that automatically determines compliance of plans with the International Building Code.

In a recent magazine article, AECbytes identified our software technology as the closest to the vision of truly automated code checking. With its roots in academia and evolving from the work of Dr. Mark Clayton, Department of Architecture, Texas A&M University, SMARTreview APR is being recognized as the industry leader within the field of automated building code plan review.

We will provide one hour of HSW building code training and one-half hour of current automated plan review technology illustrated through SMARTreview APR.

May 25th, 2017 6-7:30pm


Hear from Fort Worth’s new Historic Preservation Officer, 1 LU


Learning Objectives:

  1. The participant will review the history and philosophies of key preservation principles
  2. The participant will understand how preservation principles are used to inform design decisions
  3. The participant will identify three key nationally-recognized preservation principles directly associated with a recent design project that they have been involved
  4. The participant  will appraise a design project against the rehabilitation guidelines of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

CANCELLED! CES – Thin-Clad Stone Design

To Be Rescheduled….

Thu, April 20, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

600 East Rosedale Street

Arriscraft replicates Nature and produces a unique (worldwide) stone product that is a high density, severe weathering, and fine-grained product called Calcium Silicate Stone. Once produced, the units can be hand chiseled, dressed or otherwise worked using “old world” stone techniques. Arriscraft products can now be used in Thin-Clad veneer applications offering an unparalleled range of shape, configurations, color, speed of installation, durability and controlled costs. “THIN-CLAD STONE DESIGN” is a 1-hour presentation worth 1 HSW Learning Units. Topics Covered: We will discuss 2 distinct installation systems and the wide variety of potential uses for Thin-Clad Stone materials. These uses will cover both interior and exterior veneer applications. The presentation will focus on both adhered masonry and “clipped” or anchored veneers.

Specifically we will focus on:

• Adhered Masonry Veneers Both Exterior and Interior

• Clipped or Anchored Back Drained and Ventilated Rainscreen Applications (Sealed or Open)

• Retrofit Applications • Barrier Walls, Drainage Plane Walls, Insulated Drainage Plane Walls, Back Drained and Ventilated Rainscreen Walls, and SB- 10/ASHRAE 90.1 Compliant Wall Design, Super Flexible Polymer Fortified Mortars and why the Metal lath and Scratch Coat adhered veneer method is inferior and a thing of the past

Learning Objectives:

• To understand the mechanism of quarried stone formation

• To understand how Calcium Silicate Stone is created and how the production process is similar to quarried stone formation

• To identify 2 distinct systems for installing Thin-Clad Stone materials (Adhered Veneers and Rainscreen Veneers)

• Identify Thin-Clad wall design systems that are applicable for the particular building design, climate, codes etc… (i.e. face sealed walls, drainage plane assemblies, insulated drainage plane assemblies, and SB-10/ASHRAE 90.1 compliant wall assemblies) • To recognize the overall design versatility of Thin-Clad Stone as a cladding material • To understand the benefits of using Calcium Silicate Materials (i.e. Green benefits)

CES- INSTALL and Tarkett Partner for Infection Control Risk Assessment (ICRA) Health Care

April 11  3:30-5:30pm, 1.5 LU

North Texas Training Center

1901 Susan Drive

Arlington, Texas 76010

INSTALL and Tarkett are partnering on the subject of designing health care settings to prevent infection. The course entitled, “Infection Control Risk Assessment Best Practices for Healthcare Construction,” is designed to fill the void in education for architects designing flooring for health care facilities.

CES- Function and Form in Waterproof Decking

March 28 12-1pm, 1 LU/HSW

Function & Form in Waterproof Decking
This course will provide attendees with a detailed description of the various application techniques to correctly waterproof plywood and concrete decks and will focus on materials, techniques and decorative aesthetics.
Learning Objectives:
• Identify appropriate flashing materials and placement when waterproofing plywood decks.
• Examine the beneficial factors of a bonded deck system versus floating systems.
• Define proper methods for waterproofing a plywood deck to receive tile, stone or concrete.
• Explore the various decorative finishes available for waterproof deck coatings.

Building Science Expo Feb. 18th

Building Sciences Expo 2017 FlyerCES- Sustainable Site Pavement Systems

November 8, Noon-1pm

IDEA Works -FW 600 East Rosedale Street Fort Worth, TX 76104

This program will discuss design applications for projects utilizing permeable pavement systems and their specifications for construction. The concept for improved land planning with the use of open graded aggregate for underground stormwater storage. Also learn design applications for LEED projects utilizing permeable pavement systems, as well as the benefit in utilizing a pavement system with the longest design life available.

The Presenter: Chad Angerstein Architectural Sales – Oldcastle Architectural Texas AIA Provider Number: J374, Program Number: SS101, Credits: 1 SD/HSW CEU ASLA LA CES – 1PDH, Course Code: OldCasArch SS101 GBCI Course ID 90006649, Credits: 1 GBCI CE Unit ICPI – 1 CE credit for ICPI Certified Installers

CES- Storm Shelters

December 6, Noon-1pm

IDEA Works-FW 600 East Rosedale Street Fort Worth, TX 76104

This course will discuss the Storm Shelter provisions (Section 423) of the 2015 International Building Code, the design of storm shelters per ICC 500, and the impact of including a storm shelter in K-12 schools. The following items will be discussed:

  • Tornado Patterns
  • Storm Shelter Definitions
  • IBC Section 423- Storm Shelters
  • ICC 500; Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
  • Impact of Section 423 on K-12 School design

CES-Lasers, Analysis, and a Chapel: Capturing a Masterpiece of Modernism

December 13, Noon-1pm

IDEA Works-FW 600 East Rosedale Street Fort Worth, TX 76104

The focus of this class is on reality capture, modeling, and simulation of the US Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, an iconic existing building, prior to major renovations.  This project has been shared at various stages of progress at TxA, RTC, Greenbuild, Midwest University and Autodesk University.  Here’s more detail from TxA 2015:

2015 IECC Residential & Commercial Energy Code Updates Workshop- 3 HSW credits

August 18, 1:30-4:30pm

TEXO Office, 417 Fulton Street

Workshops are sponsored and approved by the Texas State Energy Conservation Office, and are presented by Apple Energy Group, an experienced project management, and training & continuing  education provider for the energy efficiency industry.

This fall the 2015 Energy Code will become law throughout Texas.  The State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) selected Apple Energy Group to teach energy code classes throughout the state since February, a flyer is attached.  The class is free and attendees receive a free new 2015 IECC book, full color hand outs and CEUs for ICC, AIA (HSW credits), NACHI, ASHI and BPI.

The class considers significant changes in commercial codes from 2009 to 2015, available paths to compliance, building science principles, 3rd Party inspection/testing/commissioning and dealing with local AHJs.

North Texas Disaster Action Committee Meeting

August 29, 12:00pm

IdeaWorks FW, 600 E. Rosedale St

Join us for lunch and an information session when called to action for disaster relief


CES- Creating Healthy Offices

October 6, 12:00pm

Idea Works FW, 600 E. Rosedale St. 

Are you wondering why you feel sluggish and uninspired at work? Could the problem be your environment; specifically, your chair? In this course we will examine the divide between our body’s need to be in motion and the technological era that ties most of us to a desk and a chair for hours at a time. We will explore the benefits of sit and stand environments. We will learn about the positive effects a sit-stand office can have on your health, creativity and also your waist line. We will outline specific recommendations that you can implement for yourself and on your next design project.


By end of the course the participants will be able to:

– Outline top health effects on the human body caused by prolonged sitting

– List the economic effects associated with extended sitting

– Develop and create healthier offices using recommendations as addressed in the course

– Be able to describe benefits of a sit-stand environment as it pertains to employees well-being, productivity and engagement


Slavka Younger

The Innovative Building Products & Green Technology

(by American Trade Solutions)

October 11, 8:00am – 5:30pm
Venue Pending



  • Sound Control in Construction
  • Maximizing Design of Patio Doors
  • Introduction to coatings
  • Introduction to Water Source Heat Pumps


  • Benefits of Impermeable Concrete & Permanent Impermeable Repair Materials
  • Acetylated Wood: Durable, Stable, Sustainable Wood for Windows Doors & Siding
  • Air, Water and Moisture Management in the Light Commercial Building Envelope
  • Challenge and Solutions for Tile Installation