Continuing Education

Bring AIA-approved courses right to your firm and complete them during lunch. Bonus: we’re buying.

Continuing Education for Architects Has Never Been This Easy

RJ Bridges enables architects to earn continuing education units (CEUs) without leaving the office or even logging into online training.

As an AIA-approved education provider, we bring a variety of courses — along with lunch — onsite to you.

We call them our Lunch and Learn Seminars. Here’s why you should take advantage of them:

They’re free.

There’s no charge to your firm or your architects. The courses and lunch are totally on us.

They’re done for you.

We come to you, set up the presentation, bring the materials, provide lunch, deliver the course, and track completion.

They’re a win-win.

Today’s professionals want growth opportunities. Our Lunch and Learn seminars develop your architects and set your firm apart from other employers.

They span many architectural topics.

We keep our courses current and wide-ranging. They cover various products, materials, design techniques, standards, and vendors.

They offer Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) credits.

HSW topics comprise 12 of the 18 CEUs that the AIA requires each year. Most of our courses confer an HSW Learning Unit (LU).

They offer Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits.

LEED Green Associates and LEED Accredited Professionals must earn 15 to 30 continuing education hours every two years. Our courses help here, too.

Our Continuing Education Courses for Architects*

Here are some of the architectural courses we currently offer through our Lunch and Learn Seminars:

Pushing the Design Envelope with Fire-Rated Glazing and Framing

This course illustrates how to incorporate fire and heat protection so that it blends seamlessly and beautifully into a modern design. Topics include the history, evolution, applications, challenges, and solutions for fire-rated systems in commercial architecture.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Vetrotech

Daylight and Energy: Designing with Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) with Integrated Cord-Free Louvers

This course describes how to design with daylight, optimize it, increase energy efficiency, and control heat gain. It also covers the operation and sustainability of IGUs and cord-free louvers.

Credits:
  • 1 AIA (HSW)
  • 1 U.S. Green Building Council / Green Business Certification Inc. (USGBC/GBCI) for LEED professionals
Featured Vendor:
Unicel

The Profitability of Healthy Spaces

This course discusses innovative approaches to bringing natural light and ventilation into built environments. It describes the products and materials available today for this purpose and explains their durability and performance. It also covers the benefits to building occupants and the corresponding value for building owners.

Credits:

  • 1 AIA (HSW)
  • 1 USGBC/GBCI for LEED professionals

Featured Vendors:

Expansion Joint Covers

This course explains how to define the requirements for an expansion joint and then select the best-fit joint cover system. It also describes various joint cover systems that suit different design visions and building codes.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Construction Specialties

Sun Controls

This course explains how to use shading systems to reduce the energy consumption of commercial buildings. It examines various design strategies, products, and selection criteria for incorporating shading systems into building envelopes.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Construction Specialties

Architectural Louvers

This course illustrates the wide variety of louvers available today and explains their role in not only supporting a building’s aesthetic but in protecting it from the elements. The course also describes how different louvers are manufactured, tested, and rated.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Construction Specialties

Metal Composite Material

This course reviews metal composite panels, their function as a rain screen or barrier wall, and their design role as an aesthetic element. The course also discusses their production methods, the resulting application options, and installation techniques.

Credits:
1 AIA

Featured Vendor:
Citadel Architectural Products

Patient Privacy and Tranquility

This course covers architectural options that support the care and comfort of patients in healthcare settings. Topics include designs and products that control privacy, lighting, and sound in order to promote rest, healing, dignity, and peace of mind. The class also explores case studies from top healthcare facilities that enhance the patient experience through architectural design.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Unicel

Mental and Behavioral Health Facilities

This course describes design choices and best practices that support providers, patients, and programs in both inpatient and outpatient mental and behavioral health facilities. The class also examines real-world cases from leading mental health facilities that successfully use design to improve patient care and well-being.

Credits:
1 AIA (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Unicel

Using Aluminum Extrusions to Create Sustainable Facades

This course summarizes the history, environmental attributes, features, and finishes of aluminum extrusions. It enables course participants to discuss aluminum extrusions in environmental product declarations (EPDs), and covers all of the following:

  • The environmentally responsible manufacture of aluminum extrusions.
  • The green building strategy of attaching aluminum cladding to back framing systems with continuous insulation (CI).
  • Installation techniques and application options for aluminum cladding, complete with case studies.

Credits:
1 LU (HSW)

Featured Vendor:
Longboard

Schedule Continuing Education for Your Architects Today.*

Think about the courses you need and the lunch you’d like. Then reach out to us. We’ll take care of everything else.

*Note that our Continuing Education Seminars are only available in the Western Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania, and West Virginia areas.