Glass in Architecture Academy
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  4 AIA LU/HSW; 4 AIA LU/Elective

When Frank Lloyd Wright lamented in 1928 that the Persians, the Egyptians, and the Moors knew more about the secrets of glass than American architects — who at the time had the thoroughly modern material readily at their disposal — he could not foresee the leaps in creativity and utility that architects would make almost 100 years on. Today, glass is a prominent material in commercial and residential projects, bringing in light, providing views, and balancing thermal comfort. Modern buildings, using new glass technologies, do their best to consider the health and well-being of occupants, and glass is being used in new ways to enhance aesthetics, provide privacy, and improve energy efficiency. The Glass in Architecture Academy presents information on advances in glass technology and examples of the many ways glass enhances a project.

Earn 8 AIA LU (4 AIA LU/HSW + 4 AIA LU/Elective).

Academy Courses
High-Performance Glass for Sustainable Design
A comprehensive guide to understanding the benefits of and best practices for specifying high-perfor...
Innovations in Glass
An exploration of how architects are pushing the limits of technology to exploit the mutable nature ...
Bird-Safe Design
Three projects demonstrate how glass buildings can be designed to protect our feathered friends from...
Daylighting Design Update
New standards and new glazing options raise the bar on performance and benefits

Academy Resources

Guardian Glass Resources

A Guardian Glass expert explains each step of the heat-treated glass manufacturing process and shares key considerations for fabrication.

Most modern building façades incorporate vision glass and nearly opaque spandrel glass. Architects can use spandrel glass to conceal structural elements while creating a seamless building exterior, or to create a statement in contrast. A Guardian Glass expert explains different spandrel choices including ceramic frit, silicone opacification and Guardian® Deco HT® back-painted glass—and ways to style spandrel colors to work with low-E coatings and your vision.

In partnership with Guardian Glass, you can use heat-treated glass to achieve new levels of performance and strength.

Guardian SunGuard® SNR 43 offers privacy-enhancing reflectivity, exceptional solar control and stunning nighttime views.

How do you know if heat-strengthened or tempered glass is the best fit for your project? Watch a Guardian Glass expert explain how the two main types of heat-treated glass meet certain needs.

How will you keep your dream bathroom looking like new? Expert testing shows that ordinary glass and glass treated with sprays and wipe-on remedies becomes dull, foggy and virtually uncleanable after only six months. Guardian ShowerGuard® glass is permanently protected from hard water, heat, humidity, soap scum and cleaners. Developed by global glass leader, Guardian Glass, this advanced performance coating technology helps keep your bathroom glass looking like new. Stop looking for miracle glass cleaners. With ShowerGuard glass, you can solve the dirty-looking shower problem once and for all. Find a ShowerGuard glass dealer near you.

Guardian SunGuard® low-E coatings offer a range of options for performance and style. Whether you seek a reflective aesthetic or a color neutral look, Guardian can help you achieve your goals.

As glass building trends go bigger and bolder, heat treating has never been more important. But with tempered safety glass, heat-strengthened glass and annealed glass, how do you know which is right for your project? A Guardian Glass expert explores heat treating options that respond to the trends, meet building codes and create a safe, comfortable indoor experience. In partnership with Guardian Glass, you can use heat-treated glass to achieve new possibilities.

The Guardian Glass portfolio includes tinted substrates you can choose to control the appearance and performance of glass. Pair tints with Guardian SunGuard® low-E coatings to meet your vision for any application, in any region.

Learn how Guardian SunGuard® low-E coatings use advanced double- and triple-silver technology to ensure views stay beautiful without sacrificing solar performance.