Award Winning Projects Featuring Natural Stone

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1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore innovative ways natural stone is being used in today’s architecture and interior design.
  2. Examine the options for and importance of material selection and mockups.
  3. Review sustainable attributes of natural stone including durability, long life cycle, and renovation capabilities.
  4. Demonstrate a plan to create a more alluring connection to nature in your next project by incorporating natural stone.

This course is part of the Natural Stone Academy

This course is part of the The Natural Stone 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.

Each year, the Natural Stone Institute's Pinnacle Awards honor projects whose innovation, beauty, and craftsmanship represent the best use of natural stone. For this course, we have selected three 2019 Pinnacle Award winning projects notable for their ingenuity, sustainable attributes, and material selection. Featured here are an education center, a private residence, and a historic building renovation.

London House
Revitalizing a century-old architectural landmark

Arizona State University
CNC machinery helps create unique stone design for Arizona State University facility

LA Residence
Pursuing a personal passion for stone


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Las Vegas Rocks Metaquartzite

This test is no longer available for credit
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Originally published in April 2021