From a Rem Koolhaas-designed theater in Taipei to a site-sensitive museum in California designed by Thom Mayne, this month's arts and culture projects push the boundaries of architecture with dramatic forms, complex constructions, and challenging contexts.


Continuing Education

AIA logo

To earn one AIA learning unit (LU), including one hour of health, safety, and welfare (HSW) credit, read the articles above and complete the quiz. Upon passing the test, you will receive a certificate of completion, and your credit will be automatically reported to the AIA. Additional information regarding credit-reporting and continuing-education requirements can be found at

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the challenges involved in building in dense and historically sensitive urban areas and outline possible construction approaches.
  2. Explain the design factors that determine a performance hall’s quality of sound, including size, configuration, and materials.
  3. Discuss innovative cladding strategies, including those for glass facades and terra-cotta rainscreens, and describe the digital-design technologies and the fabrication methods that allow them to be realized.
  4. Describe shading techniques for glazed facades that can achieve striking visual effects while mitigating glare and heat gain.

AIA/CES Course #K2212A