AIAri’s “Composites in Architecture” Symposium

August 07 2017

For architects attending the AIAri “Composites in Architecture” symposium in July, this day-long event demonstrated the potential of composite materials and the breadth of composites expertise resident in Rhode Island.

Organized at Roger Williams University by the R.I. chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIAri) in concert with the Composites Alliance, the event included presentations by technical experts and academics. There were also opportunities for attendees to socialize and tour local firms Symmetrix Composite Tooling and Goetz Composites.

In an opening keynote talk Dirk Kramers of SDK Structures gave an overview of the high-performance qualities of composites used in competitive sailing.

A panel of experts — including JP Mouligne of Gurit USA, Eric Goetz of Goetz Composites, Roger Williams Assistant Professor of Architecture Nate Fash and moderator Bob Lacovara of IYRS — gave attendees an overview of composites and their use in architecture and also answered questions from the audience.

Mouligne walked attendees through a “Composites 101” presentation, briefing them on fibers, fabrics, resins and cores.

The showstopper was the architect and design educator John Nastasi who brought a compelling dimension to the discussion when he made a presentation on the Sure House, a new direction in storm-resilient coastal housing that utilizes composite materials repurposed from boat building.

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