Accredited CE Course
Course Title: Timeless Columns in Contemporary Design
AIA Course Number: HBG06D
Course Credit: 1 AIA LU/HSW CE Hour
In this one-hour course, we will review the history of columns to see how they have evolved from a means of solely providing physical support for buildings to adding light to a room or providing a timeless, contemporary piece of architecture with varied purposes. After investigating the different materials that columns are made of, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each material type.
We will also explore the manufacturing and installation process of each material as well as discuss problems associated with sub-standard manufacturing or improper installation. Next, we will examine today’s market trends to see its effect on the column business. We will end the course by looking at several applications to see how columns can offer an enduring, beautiful product that is safe for the environment and its occupants.
1. Identify the different types of materials used in columns and determine which environment each one is best suited for.
2. Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each material to discover the health and safety aspects of the product.
3. Explain the installation process for each type of column to ensure proper procedures are being followed to better protect people and their environment.
4. Analyze case studies to see how columns have been used in an array of projects in an aesthetically pleasing yet functional manner that contributes to the overall welfare of others.