Advancing Hospitality and Education through Masonry Design

Sponsored by EchelonTM Masonry

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the architectural design challenges and solutions in the featured projects, especially as they relate to exterior cladding and the interior details of each structure.
  2. Discuss the masonry design choices used in a number of hospitality and educational facility projects in the U.S. and abroad.
  3. Describe masonry design strategies used to update two Chicago hotels, discussing ways in which each structure fits into the historical context of the neighborhood.
  4. Detail the aesthetic and performance benefits of different types of masonry used in the featured projects.


1 AIA LU/Elective
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course is approved as a core course
This test is no longer available for credit

This course is part of the Masonry Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Today’s masonry solutions help bolster not only the aesthetics but the overall performance of modern hotels, resorts, and educational facilities across the United States and around the world. This course will examine the design strategies of several innovative projects where masonry takes center stage.

Detroit Foundation Hotel by McIntosh Poris Associates
Thanks to a development and construction boom that began in 2011, downtown Detroit is now full of sleek, renovated office buildings. The Detroit Foundation Hotel, however, is a preservation project like no other.
Jennifer Conlin

Pendleton West Addition and Renovation at Wellesley College by KieranTimberlake
Wellesley, Massachusetts
A modern addition on the historic Academic Quad by KieranTimberlake is diminutive but has a quiet power and a complex agenda.
Beth Broome

Ace Hotel by GREC Architects and COMMUNE Design
The Portland-based boutique hospitality chain Ace opened the $44-million, 159-room Ace Hotel Chicago designed by Chicago-based GREC Architects with interiors by Los Angeles COMMUNE Design.
James Gauer

The Robey Hotel in Chicago
Antunovich Associates with Nicolas Schuybroek Architects and Marc Merckx turned a tiny Art Deco office building in the hip Wicker Park neighborhood into a boutique hotel, the Robey.
Blair Kamin

JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa by Matteo Thun & Partners
An abandoned island of the lagoon is home to the new JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa. The hotel chain took a chance on the remote location, a 20-minute boat ride from St. Mark’s Square.
Josephine Minutillo

Advancing Hospitality and Education through Masonry Design

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