RAIC offering ‘natural stone design’ scholarships in Italy

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), in conjunction with MARMOMACC, the world’s leading trade show for stone and related design and technologies, will send five RAIC members to the 20th edition of Marmomacc Stone Academy’s “Designing with Natural Stone.” The course runs from September 23 through 29, 2018 in Verona, Italy. More than 70 RAIC members have participated in previous editions of the course.natural stone, RAIC

Applications for this year’s course will be accepted until Thursday, July 5, at 4 p.m. (EDT).

The scholarships will also cover airfare, thanks to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, in addition to six hotel nights, local meals, local transportation, and registration fees. Only architects who are RAIC members, fully licensed and working for private firms are eligible for this program.

Veronafiere offers this course to help architects learn advanced techniques in the use of marble, granite, and other stone materials. The program is a unique combination of classroom lectures, guided architectural tours, and field trips to local quarries, as well as to natural stone processing facilities. This comprehensive approach enables architects to better understand stone’s full life-cycle – including how marble is quarried, cut, processed, finished, selected for specific jobs and installed, all using the latest technologies and products.

The 2018 edition will include:

• a tour of a nearby quarry to view the quarrying of commercial-sized blocks;
• a visit to a gang-saw operation and a stone-processing plant;
• an architectural tour of Verona;
• case studies on the use of natural stone in architectural design;
• sessions on sustainable stone design, stone cladding, new finishing technologies, stone care and maintenance, stone sourcing and selection, and working with local and global stone suppliers.

In addition, the course provides time to explore MARMOMACC, with its more than 1,500 exhibitors of stone and stone-related products from around the world.

Candidates must submit a résumé and a clear and concise letter of interest (maximum two pages or 700 words in 12 pt. font) no later than July 5. Applications will be ranked using a five-point grading scheme (a ranking of five denotes “excellent” and one denotes “poor”).

More information about the application process is available via the RAIC website, linked here.