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

The one-day workshop from CPD providers network members Veronafiere/Marmo+Mac will be run in conjunction with the Natural Stone Show and will be hosted by international stone consultant Vincent Marazita.  It will focus exclusively on the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the most timeless hard surface available - natural stone. 

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.

Architects Day conference at Hard surfaces 2019
Architects Day Conference at Hard Surfaces

The 2017 programme included;

The Architects & Designers' Day will return to the Natural Stone Show in 2019, the programme will be announced in the months prior to the show.

  1. Registration and light refreshments in the South Gallery Rooms overlooking the Royal Victoria Dock
    Stone Federation Great Britain
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 j ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. Albion Stone      Forest Pennant
  6. 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
  7. 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 ...
  8. Stone Federation Great Britain
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 seminar programme will be released in January 2019.  To keep updated in the meantime, register your interest in attending.


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