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What Architects Should Know When Designing Glass Façades


What do contractors and manufacturers want architects to know when designing glass facades? Join AIA Chicago’s Technical Issues Knowledge Community for a discussion with industry experts to discuss the design, fabrication, and installation of glass facades. Experts in the field include a design architect, a façade consultant, and a contractor. Participants will learn about their respective successes and challenges with glass facades to provide a greater appreciation of the multitude of perspectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover considerations when designing with glass.
  • Identify constraints with replacing and maintaining glazing on existing facades.
  • Share challenges with design drawings and specifications from a contractor’s point of view.
  • Discuss challenges with the procurement, fabrication, and installation of glass.



Brandon Hall, AIA
Principal, BHA

Aleksandr Barmas, AIA
PE Senior Associate, Socotec

Andy Hill
CEO, Glass Solutions, Inc.

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Thursday | 11.16.2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Online Location:



AIA Members:  Free

Non-Members: $10.00

Learning Unit:

1.0 LU (pending)

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Thanks to our Technical Issues Knowledge Community Lead Sponsors:

Vitro Architectural Glass

Thanks to our Technical Issues Knowledge Community Supporter Sponsors:

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