Natural Stone Academy
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  6 AIA LU/HSW; 4 AIA LU/Elective

Natural stone as a building material shows up virtually everywhere—from building facades to landscaping and interior accents. The Stone Academy examines the innovative design and structural uses of natural stone in residential, commercial, and public applications. It also delves into the use of stone as a sustainable material, as well as provides an overview of the aesthetic benefits, technical advances, fabrication, quarrying and excavation challenges, installation issues, and the overarching historical context of stone. Additionally, the academy examines many different types of stone and provides insights and case studies detailing their use, both indoors and out.

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This webinar is part of the Natural Stone Academy

Natural stone is durable, sustainable, and as a currently sought-after design aesthetic, can increase a home’s value. Stone is a material that also never goes out of style! The projects presented in this webinar demonstrate the uses of several types of natural stone, emphasizing the many ways it can be used to create a contemporary and comfortable living or working space.

Rosa Juanes, will present the Hofmann House which is a consolidated landscape surrounded by gardens, a large and elongated plot with a distant view of the sea and a pleasant breeze. An exempt cabinet houses the structure, distributes spaces and filters privacy, opening up possibilities in the way of movement and use of space. The main room, shaded by the cantilever is arranged in continuity with the outside. The interior of the unit includes wetted parts and limits the scale of overnight areas that are located in the quiet part of the garden.

Joel Sanders, AIA, principal for Joel Sanders Architect, will present on New Canaan House in bucolic New Canaan, Connecticut. In addition to running his own studio based in New York City, Sanders is a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. The challenge posed by the design of this renovation and master bedroom addition was to obey strict zoning requirements in a way that respected the integrity of a significant mid-century modernist home designed by John Black Lee in 1957.The result is contemporary and comfortable living spaces that dramatize Lee’s contribution to the mid-century modern aesthetic.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion

New Canaan

Photo courtesy of Joel Sanders Architects


Joel Sanders

Joel Sanders, RA, AIA, principal for Joel Sanders Architect. In addition to running his own studio based in New York City, Sanders is a Professor of Architecture at Yale University. The challenge posed by the design of this renovation and master bedroom addition was to obey strict zoning requirements in a way that respected the integrity of a significant mid-century modernist home designed by John Black Lee in 1957.The result is contemporary and comfortable living spaces that dramatize Lee’s contribution to the mid-century modern aesthetic.

Rosa Juanes

Rosa Juanes, architect by the Polytechnical University of Valencia completed part of her studies in the KU Leuven associate Sint Lucas School of Arts, in Ghent, Belgium. She is part of the studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos since 2017 where she focuses her work in the area of Investigation, Management and Development of projects. Some of these have been published in international media such as GA Houses, Architectural Récord or TC Cuadernos. Additionally, from the year 2008, she is part of the faculty of MArch, Master in Architecture, Design and Innovation, of the European University of Valencia.

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