Conference : Day 1 – Architects’ & Designers’ Day
Architects’ & Designers’ Day
Tuesday 25 April 2017
European innovation meets stone design
A one-day workshop from CPD providers network members Veronafiere/Marmo+Mac in conjunction with the Natural Stone Show and hosted by international stone consultant Vincent Marazita.
Providing an invaluable insight for architects and designers, the programme is made up of more than 5 hours of seminars. These feature basic criteria for stone selection, sourcing, detailing and maintenance, together with case studies that will provide innovative solutions to design professionals when using natural stone.
The day will be hosted by Vincent Marazita, one of the world’s leading international stone consultants. Graduating from Harvard in 1981, Mr Marazita lived in Italy for 6 years, teaching in the Architectural Department at the University of Genoa. Returning to the USA as a consultant for the Italian Government, he has worked in the international dimensional stone industry since 1986 serving on the National CES Quality Control Committee for the American Institute of Architects and the jury for the National CES AWARDS for the AIA. He also acts as the head course tutor for the international architectural conference, ‘designing with stone’ held annually in Verona.
The workshop takes place in the stunning South Gallery rooms overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock at ExCeL, and presents excellent networking opportunities with refreshment breaks throughout the day.
The Exhibition tour and complimentary lunch are now fully subscribed, however delegates are still welcome to attend the conference sessions only.
09:30 - 10:00
Registration and light refreshments in the South Gallery Rooms overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock
10:00 - 10:45
Vince Marazita, Stone Trends InternationalThis introductory lecture will present a glimpse at the last 25 years of stone innovation and technology. From the number of stones on the market, to the introduction of diamond tools in quarrying and fabrication, to the ever changing architectural design criteria and standards, this one-hour informational tour will frame the clash between traditional and modern design practices, while presenting a new look at processing and installation efficiencies within current sustainability goals and standards.
10:45 - 11:15
Steve Webb, Webb Yates Engineers and Pierre Bidaud, The Stonemasonry Company
Specialists in the structural design of stone, Webb Yates Engineers have collaborated closely with The Stonemasonry Company and other stonemasons over the last decade and evolved from the work-a-day justification of simple stone cantilever staircases to the design of audacious post tensioned stone structures and whole load bearing stone buildings. Steve shares his vision of stone, not just as a high end luxury floor product, but as a proletarian building material and low carbon alternative to concrete and takes you through a range of case studies including Clerkenwell Close, the Victoria & Albert Museum and a number of private projects.
11:15 - 12:00
Vicky Brown and James Roberts, Make Architects
Make is an award-winning international architectural practice with a reputation for challenging convention and pursuing design excellence. They will present a case study on the façade for St. James’s Market - part of The Crown Estate’s core West End holdings and an architectural masterpiece in the centre of London. Commissioned to redevelop two key blocks as part of a major ten-year investment program to revitalise the St. James’s area, Make Architects overcame a number of technical challenges to deliver a project that both resonates with its historic identity and provides a dynamic new entity through the innovative use of curved stone panels.
Albion Stone supplied over 4,000m2 of Fancy Beach Whitbed for the stone-on-precast panels starting with a course finish at the bottom working up to a fine finish at the higher levels. Grove Whitbed was used for the plinths similar to the stock exchange at Paternoster Square. The second block, adjacent to Haymarket, is open jointed. It involves a curved Portland Stone and glass wall wrapped around the building using 169m3 of Albion Stone’s Jordan Whitbed on a unitized façade with horizontal aluminium fins.
12:00 - 13:30
Complimentary three-course sit-down lunch served at Zero Sette - This is fully subscribed
13:30 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:15
Getting it right the first time: traditional materials and innovative methods for successful stone detailing
Peter Harrison, President of Euroroc & Consultant at Harrison Goldman
Well-detailed natural stone installations make up our architectural and cultural heritage. As we are at the crossroads of traditional masonry practices and new innovative architectural techniques, it is fundamental to have another look at architectural stone detailing for successful modern projects.
15:15 - 15:45
Light refreshments hosted at the Natural Stone Awards Gallery
15:45 - 17:00
Case studies on innovative solutions with natural stone:
15:45 - 16:25
Davide Sandini, Cereser Marmi
Augmented reality technology allows architects and designers to view large-size samples and applications in different settings, opening up a world of endless possibilities when designing with natural stone. Try out the technology yourself in this interactive session.
16:25 - 17:00
Rita Galrão and Vera Pires, Galrão Group
Collaboration between a Portuguese stone and engineering company has produced a new lightweight cladding and flooring solution. This combines intrinsic characteristics from both natural stone and cork. The technical benefits offered by this product are presented to UK architects for the first time.