AIA Continuing Education

Shen Milsom & Wilke is an AIA CES Approved Provider. We are continuously adding classes so please check back! To schedule a presentation in your office please reach out to the contact nearest to you:

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SMW001: Flexible Learning Technology: Designing the Spaces that it Supports 

This course is intended to create a dialogue that informs of the various differences, challenges, and benefits between more traditional fixed lecture based instruction and various flexible learner based environments, including: TEAL, Active, Flexible, Team Based, and Scale Up.

SMW002: Emerging technology trends for cultural and educational institutions

An in-depth look at emerging technology trends in cultural and educational institutions, and how these trends affect architecture.

SMW003: Beyond Accessibility – How smart audiovisual design can improve the user experience in any building environment

This course examines the accommodations for hearing-impaired individuals in audiovisual systems, with particular attention to inductive loop systems. Regulatory issues, personal impact on individuals, and technical requirements will be discussed.

SMW004: Acoustics and Design

This program will provide an overview of acoustical design as it relates to room acoustics, sound isolation and building system noise control. Criteria and design concepts to achieve desired acoustical functionality will be discussed

SMW005: Classroom Acoustics & LEED for Schools Version 4

This program will explore the link between learning and hearing in the classroom, and how to provide learning environments that are quiet so students and teachers can effectively communicate with each other.

SMW006: The Design of Mass Notification System

Through timely and event-specific voice and visual messages, Mass Notifications Systems deliver real-time information to people in a building, site or geographic locations, letting them know what to do in response to a threat. MNS allows you to send alerts and potentially life-saving instructions to unlimited communication devices. We will discuss how and why MNS developed into an independent entity.

SMW007: Technology Update – LEED Considerations and Case Studies for Infusing Technology into Building Architecture

Program will explore methodologies, using case studies, that exhibit various ways Acoustics, Security, Multimedia, Medical Equipment Planning and Telecommunications design are adding value to sustainable building design and LEED.

SMW008: Improving Acoustics in Learning Environments: K-12 Emerging Design Standards

This presentation is intended to outline strategies for improving academic performance of K-12 students by providing standard acoustical design treatments in learning environments.

SMW009: Net-Centric Medical Simulation Environments

This course is designed to identify the types of medical environments simulated, teach how these environments are used to enhance learning, and show how these spaces shape AV and network infrastructure design

SMW010: Infusing Acoustical Design into 21st Century Higher Education Facilities

This course is designed to outline acoustics parameters for good classroom design and how to apply these parameters to a variety of learning environments and teaching styles. In addition, several real case studies will be reviewed demonstrating practical approaches for improving acoustics.

SMW011: Technology and Acoustical Consulting – Lessons Learned and Best Practices

There are numerous technology and acoustical challenges in the design and construction of today’s meeting spaces. Through extensive consulting experience and many lessons learned, this presentation will help guide architects and interior designers through best practices to create user-friendly, technologically advanced spaces for their Clients

SMW012: Changing Workplace Design- how acoustics and technology play a starring role

Workplace design today needs to be more open, more flexible, and more easily adaptable because the worker and work habits have changed. Architects are driven to design spaces for clients who wish to have increased employee communication and increased access to all forms of information sharing, especially including employee-owned devices. Open offices and glass conference spaces are terrific solutions for fostering communication and achieve LEED goals of daylighting strategies but they create some challenges in terms of noise conditions. Huddle spaces, benching, and bars require support for workers wanting to collaborate using electronic media. This program will explore special acoustical detailing created for glass conference rooms and solutions for disparate adjacencies in an open office plan. It will also provide a tutorial on what technology solutions are being developed for the worker that doesn’t stay in one place anymore.

SMW013: Medical Equipment & Information Technology to Support the Integrated Clinical Environment

An in-depth look at medical equipment information technology as it intersects with healthcare constructions projects, and development of strategies to address related issues and challenges.

SMW014: Medical Equipment planning and BIM

The elements involved in developing a medical equipment plan in a new or existing healthcare facility are multi-faceted and ultimately complex.  This presentation will demonstrate how medical equipment affects the design of the space, and how BIM works together with Medical Equipment planning to improve project outcomes.

SMW015: Designing for Speech Intelligibility, the critical role of acoustics

Many challenges exist when designing for public spaces and one critical area is Speech Intelligibility. The architectural design and selection of finishes has a great impact on the capability of any public address loudspeaker system distinct from any system performance characteristics. This presentation will review the design process, acoustical modeling, and testing results outlining the issues associated with meeting the NFPA 72 Common Intelligibility Score suggested goals. In Speech Intelligibility, crucial to achieving ADA compliance, electronic systems and loudspeaker designs can only accomplish so much without architectural acoustical finishes as part of the design.

 SMW020: Classroom Design for Technology, Acoustics and LEED

This program will explain the various differences, challenges, and benefits between more traditional fixed lecture based instruction and various flexible learner based environments, including: TEAL, Active, Flexible, Team Based, and Scale Up.  The program will also illustrate LEED for acoustics principles and the link between learning and hearing in the classroom.

SMW021: Security & Design: A collaborative approach to Security and Building Design

This course is designed to facilitate collaboration between architects and security design consultants. The course will cover topics such as the importance of aesthetics in choosing security technologies and applying security methodologies to new construction projects. Further topics shall include the importance of coordination on door hardware/openings, as this directly affects security design and operational flows of the building(s), using natural elements for security purposes in terms of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), security space planning for control devices such as turnstiles, elevator destination dispatch or hall/cab access control, and other areas.

SMW022: Space Planning for Next Generation Collaboration Technologies

This course will identify future workforce trends shaping technology and space planning decisions, covering the five most relevant system elements, and their relationship to the physical design of facilities. Stepping through open seating work stations, huddle spaces and conference rooms, this presentation will construct the design of a unified physical collaboration strategy including cafes and reception areas. The course will cover the impact of cloud services, data visualization, augmented and virtual reality on space planning, and six tools for improving capacity planning and the productivity of the Nomadic workforce.

SMW023: Designing to Meet Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems requirements: the basics

In response to the tragic events of 9/11, the International Fire Code includes in-building requirements and performance levels for the radio communications inside buildings and maintenance criteria. These standards are designed to ensure adequate indoor radio coverage for firefighters and other public-safety personnel during emergency response. This presentation will take a look Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems: what is required and how this system impacts the design. This presentation will provide an in-depth look at how to design to meet the code.

SMW024: Cognitive Computing in Building Controls; Ready for Prime Time?

An examination of voice control technologies which we see affecting the user experience, interior design and integration of technologies into facilities.

SMW025: Acoustical Design Concepts for Healthcare

This course is intended to provide an overview of the importance of acoustic design in healthcare environments.  Issues of sound isolation, background noise, privacy, and reverberation can improve overall acoustic comfort and promote healing.   Acoustic consultants help the design team in meeting quantitative acoustic goals established by the Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI).

SMW026: Healthcare Information Technology; at the intersection of design and technology

This program will provide an in-depth look at Healthcare Information Technology as it intersects with healthcare Institution construction and renovation projects, and development of strategies to address related issues and challenges.

SMW027: Security Technology and Design for Schools

In August 2018, the AIA launched initiatives for legislation regarding improved school design policies. Safety for schools is an increasingly complex issue which necessitates collaboration with architectural and security designers. Common security measures when used with evidence based design will result in a more secure and yet welcoming campus. This session will use case studies to explain how to leverage current security methodologies, current best practices, and what trends affect the campus for safe and welcoming environments.

SMW028: Acoustics and Well Being

The acoustical environment we work in plays a key role in the area of comfort and productivity. This session will explain the acoustical tie in for example with the WELL certification and demonstrate some strategies for noise mitigation in interior spaces. Because noise has a documented impact on health and comfort, interior spaces whether open plan, private offices, or MEMO (Maker Environments Mobile Occupants) should ultimately be designed with the proper acoustics for quiet focus, speech intelligibility, and speech privacy where appropriate.

SM&W 1: Specifying Cybersecurity

This course outlines how to specify the cybersecurity of a facility, individual systems and their components. It explores what to include in Parts 1, 2 and 3 of individual specifications, and how to demonstrate a facility’s cybersecurity before substantial completion.