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MBMA Announces 2021 College/University Architecture Faculty Workshop

Cleveland, OH - The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) will once again be hosting their annual Architecture Faculty Workshop for college and university professors nationwide. The half-day, virtual event takes place August 4, 2021, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET.

Registration for the program is now underway at and there is no fee for architecture educators to attend.

“The MBMA Architecture Faculty Workshop was a value to me. I learned new information related to design opportunities with metal buildings,” said Kristina Yu, Associate Professor, AIA, NCARB in the School of Architecture + Planning at The University of New Mexico. “Also, it was valuable because it provided opportunities to build enthusiasm for the future of metal buildings.”

The workshop will introduce metal building systems to faculty and present ideas for integrating metal buildings into the curriculum. The focus of the workshop is the introduction of the new student design competition for the fall semester that will ultimately award $15,000 to students and faculty sponsors. The objective of the competition is for students and student teams to submit an elementary school design utilizing a metal building system. The workshop will provide the background that will assist faculty to serve as an advisor. In the theme of the elementary school design objective, featured speaker Taryn Kinney, AIA will discuss "Changing Paradigms in Educational Space". Kinney is K-12 Education Leader and a Principal at DLR Group.

Other presentations and speakers include:

"The Role of Metal Buildings in the Construction Marketplace", by W. Lee Shoemaker, Ph.D., Director of Research and Engineering at the Metal Building Manufacturers Association.

"Introduction to the 2021 Metal Building Student Design Competition", by Marci Uihlein, PE, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Illinois’ School of Architecture.

"Metal Building Designs – In and Out of the Classroom", by Donna Kacmar, FAIA, a Professor at Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston.

"Introducing Metal Building Concepts into Architecture Curriculum", by Greg Snyder, Associate Professor of Architecture and Undergraduate Program Director for the School of Architecture, University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Attendees of the workshop will receive free publications and access to resources on metal buildings.

“We look forward to hosting a broad array of academic leaders,” commented MBMA General Manager, Tony Bouquot. He said that typical attendees include undergraduate and graduate college and university professors, graduate programs advisers, deans of architecture schools and practicing architecture professionals who are also adjunct professors.

About The Metal Building Manufacturers Association

mbma-logoFounded in 1956, MBMA serves manufacturers and suppliers as it works to promote the metal building systems industry. Its membership supplies high-quality buildings for use in commercial, retail, office, industrial, institutional and other end-uses. The association provides a wealth of information on its website for anyone who works with or is interested in metal building systems. It includes technical materials and design guides. For more information, visit

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