Jan. 14, 2004

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Contact: Suzanne Knorr, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-4734, sknorr@ku.edu.

KU to hold annual masonry design conference Feb. 26; registration open

LAWRENCE -- Professionals and students will gather at the University of Kansas next month for a conference on the art and science of building. The 15th annual Masonry Design Conference will take place Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Kansas Union.

Online registration is available at www.kuce.org/programs/mdc. Continuing education credit is available through the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Discounts are available for early registrations and for additional participants from the same firm.

The keynote speaker will be Rick Joy, founder of Rick Joy Architects Ltd. of Tucson, Ariz., a firm noted for its alluring designs and use of rammed-earth construction. Joy has received numerous awards, engages in professional work throughout the United States and in Japan, is a visiting professor at Harvard and Rice universities, and has lectured in such venues as Alaska, Finland, New York and South Africa.

Bob Berkebile, founding principal of BNIM Architects of Kansas City, Mo., a firm noted for its work in "green" architecture and sustainability, will talk on the future of design. Berkebile and his firm are setting new design standards for resource efficiency at the building and community scales, from Vancouver to Antarctica, through energy, materials and human resources.

Harry W. Junk, market manager with the National Concrete Masonry Association, will explain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. Junk chairs the Environmental Council of Concrete Organizations, is a member of the National Masonry Technical Committee of Skills, USA-VICA, and is a contributing editor to Concrete Masonry Designs.

Jeff Preisner, president of the Kansas Masonry Industries Council, and Dan Rockhill, professor of architecture and urban design at KU, also will participate.

The conference is presented by the KU School of Architecture and Urban Design and KU Continuing Education and is sponsored by the Kansas Masonry Industries Council, The Masonry Society and the KU Office of the Provost.

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