Conference : Day 1 – Architects’ & Designers’ Day

Day 1
Architects’ & Designers’ Day
Tuesday 30 April 2019

Stone, Water & Light – Understanding the conceptual advantages of stone design

The one-day workshop from CPD providers network members Veronafiere/Marmo+Mac in conjunction with the Natural Stone Show will be hosted by international stone consultant Vincent Marazita.

Providing an invaluable insight for building professionals through a wide range of case studies, the workshop explores the conceptual advantages of stone design. More than five hours of CPD seminars will cover themes including:

  • Stone’s natural adaptability with light and water
  • The unparalleled versatility of stone with its choice of finishes
  • The outcomes that only stone can deliver through the integration of 2D and 3D design
  • Stone’s unique role in preserving the historical context whilst creating modern solutions
  • Achieving environmental goals with stone design by maximising its low carbon footprint

A guided tour of the Natural Stone Show to gain first-hand experience of both materials and technology in the sector will also be included with commentary provided through wireless headsets.

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 also presents excellent networking opportunities. This includes a complimentary three-course lunch served at Zero Sette and refreshment breaks throughout the day.

Attendance is subject to availability with priority given to architects, designers and other building professionals.

The full Architect & Designer Day programme will be announced in the months prior to the show.


The 2017 Architects’ Day was sponsored by:

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09:30 - 10:00


Registration and light refreshments in the South Gallery Rooms overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock

Sponsored by:

Stone Federation Great Britain supporter of the 2017 Natural Stone Show    

10:00 - 10:45

International innovation in stone design: an historical perspective

Vince Marazita, Stone Trends International

This 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

Redefining stone: new load bearing solutions

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

Curve appeal at St. James’s Market: new stone architectural solutions to urban redevelopment

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

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13:30 - 14:30

Guided tour of the 2017 Natural Stone Show

Vince Marazita and Peter Harrison will provide commentary through wireless headsets as they pick out stone material and technology highlights from around the world - This is fully subscribed.

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

Light refreshments hosted at the Natural Stone Awards Gallery

Sponsored by:

Stone Federation Great Britain supporter of the 2017 Natural Stone Show    

15:45 - 17:00

Case studies on innovative solutions with natural stone:

15:45 - 16:25

Innovative App Technology: applying augmented reality to stone selection

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

Innovative façade solutions: the combined benefits of a natural stone and cork composite

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.