Natural Stone Show includes free architects’ CPD on stone design

Visitors to the Natural Stone Show this month can benefit from a one-day CPD workshop showcasing European innovation.

Taking place at the Natural Stone Show on Tuesday 25 April 2017 at ExCeL London, attendance to ‘European innovation meets stone design’ is free, provided attendees pre-register.

Offering an “invaluable insight for architects,” the programme consists of more than five hours of RIBA assessed CPD semi- nars and will provide “innovative
solutions to design professionals when using natural stone.”

The day will be hosted by Vincent Marazita, one of the world’s leading international stone consultants. Graduating from Harvard in 1981, Marazita lived in Italy for six years, teaching in the Architectural Department at the University of Genoa. Returning to the US as a consultant for the Italian Government, he has worked in the international dimensional stone industry since 1986 serving on the National CES Quality Control Committee for the American Institute of Architects and the jury for the National CES AWARDS for the AIA.

Programme highlights

In a session titled ‘Curve appeal at St James’s market: new stone architectural solutions to urban redevelopment’ Vicky Brown and James Roberts discuss how Make Architects overcame a number of technical challenges to deliver a project that both resonates with its historic identity and provides a dynamic new entity through the innovative use of curved portland stone panels, provided by Albion Stone.

In ‘Redefining Stone: new load bearing Solutions’ Steve Webb shares his vision of stone, not just as a high end luxury floor product, but as a “proletarian building material” and low carbon alternative to concrete. He will also present a range of case studies including Clerkenwell Close, the Victoria & Albert Museum and a number of private projects.

Peter Harrison explores ‘Innovative methods for successful stone detailing,’ and ‘Innovative facade solutions: the combined benefits of a natural stone and cork composite’ looks at a new lightweight cladding and flooring system.

‘Innovate App Technology: applying augmented reality to stone selection’ will allow architects and designers to view large- size samples and applications in different settings, opening up a “world of possibilities” when designing with natural stone. Attendees will be able to try the technology out for themselves in this interactive session.

The workshop also presents excellent networking opportunities. This includes a complimentary three-course lunch served at Zero Sette and refreshment breaks through- out the day. Attendance is subject to availability with priority given to architects.

Other day themes at the show will be The Conservation Day that examines authentic- ity and appearance in stone conservation; an Industry Day that includes the launch of the Ethical Stone Register; Specialist one-to- one advice from Ask the Expert in the Stone Federation Village; and exemplary design and execution of stonework in the Natural Stone Awards Gallery.

In addition there will also be over 200 exhibitors, who are sourcing granite, marble, sandstone, limestone, slate, traver- tine, quartz, terrazzo and sintered stone from around the world.

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