Training for Architects

One of the issues for design and integration of AV into buildings is that the building design and construction industry is still in the process of realizing how much pro AV is a part of it. By the same token, pro AV professionals are still learning how they are a part of the building design and construction industry. AV isn’t just an afterthought. If it is, then we end up with unhappy owners and users who depend on AV for their organization.

While many in the building industry need to know a bit about how technology works and what it does (and we teach that, of course), the more important and practical question is: How does technology—especially AV—affect the building design and construction process? Based on industry best practices, we can show you how the AV process works in the architectural context as well as provide you with “need-to-know” technical information.

Some of the programs offered are listed below. Keep in mind that these are not sales pitch talks. They contain hard, useful information about the design process and parameters. Seminars are normally delivered on-site, but some can be delivered via videoconference if desired. Some seminars may be offered for AIA credit. Content can be adjusted in many cases as needed, and we can create new custom programs to suit your need. Please contact us if you have any questions.

How AV Affects Architecture (2-3 hours)

Learn what the potential impacts are and how to incorporate key AV parameters into the architectural design process. Understand the basic techniques and criteria for developing preliminary space plans for AV facilities. Topics include:

  • Developing seating layouts for AV spaces
  • AV furniture design Issues
  • AV space planning for systems and infrastructure
  • Proper sizing of video displays
  • Display technology options
  • Sightline studies for AV
  • Acoustics and lighting considerations

Designing AV Classrooms for Higher Education (2-3 hours)

Higher education is a special case for AV, and one where the architecture is crucial to the success of the project and to the operation of the AV systems. This seminar illustrates what makes AV work in higher education facilities. Topics include:

  • Building design approaches for high tech classroom buildings
  • Space planning for systems and infrastructure
  • Classroom space planning
  • How teaching affects AV and classroom design
  • Acoustics and lighting considerations

Acoustics – What You Need to Know (2-3 hours)

Architects and AV designers don’t need to be acoustical experts, but there are many essential parameters that crop up in everyday building design that designers should be aware of. We explain some acoustical questions and their impact on architecture as well as how they relate to AV. Some of the questions answered in this seminar are:

  • What are the parameters associated with sound isolation, noise and reverberation and speech intelligibility?
  • What are NC, RC, NRC and STC and how are they used?
  • What are basic acoustical criteria for typical spaces?
  • How does fiberglass really affect sound and how should it be used?
  • What kind of treatments are available for HVAC noise and how do they work?
  • What are some typical treatments for typical acoustical problems?

How to Program User Needs for AV Systems (2 hours)

Learn how to gather the appropriate information from users and turn it into a professional program of user needs for AV. The process mirrors the architectural program phase on larger building projects, and may be the only needs analysis document for AV retrofits. Content is based on the book AV Best Practices which can be included in the seminar if desired. Checklists, program question lists, meeting agendas and other document samples are included in any case. Topics include:

  • Who to include in the process
  • What questions to ask
  • How to develop the AV program report
  • How to use the program report

Best Practices for Including AV in the Building Design and Construction Process (6-8 hours)

Technitect › Audiovisual Best PracticesThis is an intensive seminar for learning about how to integrate AV into the building design and construction process. This isn’t about the technology—it’s about the process. This is based on the book AV Best Practices which is included in the seminar fee. The book has a wealth of project management tips, sample document templates and checklists beyond the descriptive text, and we lead you through it all. This seminar covers all phases of a building project and includes the following topics (and more!):

  • How AV impacts the building and the project process
  • Choosing an AV delivery method
  • Choosing an AV provider
  • Programming AV
  • What should happen during the architectural and AV design phases
  • What should happen during the architectural and AV construction phases
  • How AV systems are commissioned

Lighting Design Considerations for AV Facilities (1-2 hours)

Lighting design is crucial to any AV project that includes video displays. Different display technologies require different considerations for lighting, as do different user applications. This seminar illustrates the various considerations to be made for different AV facility types ranging from simple presentation rooms to dedicated videoconferencing facilities. The IES Design Guide-17 for Videoconference Facilities is included. Topics include:

  • Why lighting is important to AV rooms
  • What parameters should be considered
  • Are shades needed?
  • How different AV rooms need different lighting approaches
  • Lighting control systems and AV interfacing