Massachusetts Clay Brick Education

Below is information on a conference which should be of much interest to members of the National Association of Home Inspectors, and we would appreciate your alerting them to this important event.

Thank you.

Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA
Conference Chair


“Clay Bricks in the 21st Century: Design, Preservation, & Care of Contemporary & Historic Architecture” – an intensive two-day conference sponsored by Technology & Conservation, the Historic Resources Committee - Boston Society of Architects/AIA, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture – will be held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on
Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 2006.

This conference will provide valuable, practical information for: • architects • architectural and object conservators • building preservation specialists • engineers • construction specifiers • operations/facilities managers and administrators of cultural, educational and religious organizations, and commercial and governmental complexes • contractors • manufacturers/supplies of products and systems for the preservation, repair, restoration, and/or maintenance of clay bricks • and others responsible for buildings, structures, and public art utilizing brick.

Among the topics to be discussed are:
– the basic material properties of clay bricks, the role of mechanical, thermal, and water absorption properties on performance and durability, and the effects of environmental conditions on both traditional clay brick buildings and on modern thin-veneer structures and artistic works
– how these material characteristics and interactions need to be considered in specifying clay bricks for new designs and for restoration/preservation projects
– new developments in manufacturing and fabrication operations and in constructions techniques, and how these innovative processes can expand design freedom in new construction and new artistic projects, as well as facilitate preservation undertakings
– practical, cost-effective strategies for identifying historic bricks, procedures for determining/evaluating brick deterioration, and techniques for replicating historic color/appearance
– viable approaches to preservation/maintenance planning, facilities management, and repair/replacement programs for both old and new structures
– case histories, including those examining new uses of clay bricks

All of the sessions are designed to offer attendees insights into the performance of clay bricks in the outdoor environment…and the appropriate selection, specification, use, and maintenance of these
bricks for existing and new buildings and artistic works.

THE REGISTRATION FEE (which covers the March 25 and 26, 2006 conference program, two luncheons, and a Saturday evening reception, as well as optional tours offered on Monday, March 27)
is $495 per person. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A registration form is provided after the conference schedule.

The conference schedule and contact information are given below:


7:30-8:15am – Check-in

8:15-8:30 – Welcome – Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, Publisher-Editor, Technology & Conservation, and Prof. John A. Ochsendorf, MIT School of Architecture & Planning

8:30-9:30 – Perspectives – Dr. James W. P., Campbell, RIBA, Fellow & Director of Studies, Architecture & History of Art, Queens’ College, Cambridge University; Research Associate, Cambridge (UK)
Historic Buildings Group; & Director of Conservation, Finch Forman Architects

9:30-10:15 – Expressive Qualities of Brickwork – Edward Allen, FAIA, Architect, Edward Allen Architect

10:15-10:30 – Coffee Break + Posters

10:30-11:15 – Mechanical & Structural Principles, Problems, & Case Histories – Edmund P. Meade, PE, Principal & Director of Preservation, Robert Silman Associates, PC, and Marie Ennis, PE,
Engineering & Preservation Consulting

11:15-11:40 – Tower Structure: Philips Andover Academy Tower - Solution & Lessons Learned – Henry Moss, AIA, Principal, Bruner/Cott & Associates and Arthur H. MacLeod, PE, Principal, MacLeod Consulting

11:40-12:15 – Mortars for Historic & New Structures, including climate impact – Sean O’Brien, Senior Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

12:15-12:25 – Q&A

12:25-2:00 – Luncheon

2:00-3:00 – The Language of Clay Bricks: Chemical & Physical Properties Linked to Performance, Prof. Denis A. Brosnan, PE, Director, The National Brick Research Center, Clemson University

3:00-3:15 – Q&A

3:15-3:35 – Coffee Break + Posters

3:35-4:15 – Eladio Dieste: A Principled Builder – Prof. Stanford Anderson, AIA, MIT, Department of Architecture

4:15-4:35 – Water-Struck Brick + Case Histories of Boston City Hall, Rowes Whart, and Baker House – David Fixler, AIA, NCARB, Principal & Director, Historic Preservation, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott A&E

4:35-5:05 – Contemporary Brick, Large Scale, Site Specific Artworks – Gwen Heeney, Senior Lecturer in
Ceramics, University of Wolverhampton, School of Art & Design

5:05-5:30 – Restoration & Infill Issues from a Building Committion Viewpoint – Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge (Massachusetts) Historical Commission

5:30-6:15 – Q&A

6:15-7:45 – Reception

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2006

8:00-8:30am – Various Ways of Using Different Types of Brick for Sculpture & Architectural Ornamentation – Gwen Heeney, Senior Lecturer in Ceramics, University of Wolverhampton, School of Art & Design

8:30-9:15 – Improving Brick Masonry Assessment & Monitoring Using Visual & Non-Destructure Evaluation Techniques: Expert System, Damage Atlas, & Other New Methods – Prof. Koen van Balen,
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Dept. Burgerlijke bouwkunde

9:15-10:00 – Brickmaking: Then & Now - Overview of Traditional Methods & Machinery, with Main Emphasis on New Developments & Preservation Implications – Brian E. Trimble, PE, Director of
Engineering Services & Architectural Outreach, Market Area I, The Brick Industry Association

10:15-10:30 – Staining for Color, Emmet Croke, Vice-President, Sales, Nawkaw Corp.

10:15-10:30 – Q&A

10:30-10:50 – Coffee Break + Relevant Movie

10:50-12:00 – Specifying for the Right Look, Quantity, & Properties + Economics – Industry Panel: Moderator - Stephen Bolognese, New England Regional Director, International Masonry Institute; Glazed
Brick - Russ Butler, Elgin Butler Brick Company; Structural Brick Veneer, Steve Kegley, Interstate Brick Company; and Brick Shapes, Gary Clark, Glen-Gery Corp.

12:00-12:15 – Q&A

12:15-2:00 – Luncheon

2:00-2:30 – Contemporary Projects: Case Histories – I - Patrick Tedesco, AIA, Principal, Chan Krieger & Associates; and II - Ned Goodell, Machado & Silvetti Associates, Inc.

2:30-3:00 – Thin Brick Veneer, Carolyn L. Searls, PE, Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

3:00-3:30 – The Pine Calyx Domes: A New Application of Brick Vaulting, Michael Ramage, Project Manager, MIT

3:30-3:50 – Coffee Break + Posters

3:50-4:15 – Tongzian Gatehouse: Concrete Structure in a Brick Mold, Nader Terhani, Partner, Office dA

4:15-4:45 – Chemical & Non-Chemical Cleaning (Mold, Painting, Soiling) and Surface Treatments – Prof. Norman Weiss, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Prservation,
and Vice-President, MCC Materials, Inc.

4:45-5:15 – Intelligent Brick: Sustainability as a Matter of Course, J. Frano Violich, AIA, Principal, Kennedy & Violich Architects

5:15-5:30 – The Conservation/Maintenance Challenges Posed for the Coming Decades by New Design Approaches – Panel

5:30-6:00 – Q&A

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006 – Optional tours – attendees may select one
– Stiles & Hart Brick Company, Bridgewater, MA
– Guastavino Vaulting - Boston walking tour conducted by Prof. John A. Ochsendorf, MIT, and Dr. Sara Wermeil, MIT
– International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers, Local 3, MA, & IMI’s Training Facility in Dorchester, MA

REGISTRATION FORM FOR “Clay Bricks in the 21st Century”

Registration fee:
495 per person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____________

Registration fee covers:
• the conference program - March 25 and 26, 2006
• the March 25 and 26 luncheons
• the Sat. evening March 25 reception
• optional tour on Mon., March 27

Please indicate any special accessibility or dietary needs
__ vegetarian means
other needs _________________________________

Guest tickets for the March 25 reception
may be purchased @ $50 per ticket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . _____________

Optional tour on Monday, March 27 (no charge for
persons registered for the conference)
I would like to attend (select one):
__ the Stiles & Hart Brick Company tour
__ the Guastavino Vaulting - Boston walking tour
__ the Training Facility Tour - Dorchester, MA
(the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied
Craftworkers, Local 3, MA, & the International
Masonry Institute’s facility)

                                             TOTAL . . . . $ _____________ 

Check (or U.S. bank draft) for $ __________ (U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S.A. bank)
for the registration fee (and any guest tickets for the Sat., March 25, reception is

Check should be made payable to: The Technology Organization, Inc.

Return this form, with check, to:
Technology & Conservation, 76 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

Please enclose any questions that you would like to have discussed during
the conference.

Please register me (us) for the conference:

Name(s) _________________________________________________

Title ____________________________________________________

Organization ______________________________________________

Address __________________________________________________

City, State, Zip (Postal Code) _________________________________

Tel: ____________________________________________________

Fax: ____________________________________________________

e-mail __________________________________________________

Each person listed on the registration form must sign the following statement:

I (we) understand and agree that the participation of Technology &
Conservation, The Technology Organization, Inc., conference organizers,
and cooperating organizations and individuals in the 2006 “Clay Bricks in
the 21st Century” conference is limited to providing education background
and guidance; that all transportation, accommodations, tours, and other
arrangements in connection with this Conference are under the exclusive
control of others; and that Technology & Conservation, The Technology
Organizations, Inc., conference organizers, and cooperating organizations and
individuals have no liability or responsibility whatsoever for the death of any
person or for any loss, expense, delay, injury, or other damage to any person
or property (however occurring) on, during, and/or in relation to this
"Clay Bricks in the 21st Century conference and the information furnished.

Signature __________________________________________________

Date ______________________________________________________

To register or for additional information, contact:
Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, Conference Chair, at: tel: 617-623-4488; fax: 617-623-2253; e-mail:; regular mail: Technology & Conservation, 76 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143.

Other conference information including continuing education credits and hotel accommodations, can be obtained at the BSA/AIA’s Historic Resources Commitee’s website (Events and News page):


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