Architectural Design Considerations for Limestone Cavity Wall Construction

with Craig Williams
1 AIA CES Learning Unit|HSW

This course provides an overview of the use of limestone in traditional design. The program begins with the cultural and historical evolution of its architectural uses and an in-depth look at the processes of its quarrying, fabrication, and installation. Following this introduction, the course will focus on how to design with limestone today, including its physical properties and detail considerations that play an important role in the safety and durability of limestone construction for cavity walls, as well as stairs and pathways.

This course will enable participants to:

1. Learn the steps, techniques and equipment used in the separate quarrying, fabrication and installation processes of limestone as well as the cultural and historical evolution of architectural uses of limestone.

2.Understand limestone assembly techniques and detail considerations that are important for ensuring the safety and durability of the building, such as joint treatments that allow the building to withstand hot and cold temperatures and the use of weeps in diverting moisture infiltration.

3. Understand the material characteristics of limestone in order to safely and soundly employ it for use for step and paving applications.

4. Understand the available back up and anchorage systems utilized in limestone cavity wall construction to employ its use to achieve durable and lasting exteriors, making buildings utilizing limestone safer and more sustainable.

Please click here for additional AIA Continuing Education Provider Information:

Instructional Delivery Method: Live Online Learning Program

Program Level: Introductory

AIA CES Program Approval Expiration Date: May 10, 2024

Provider Number: G193

Provider Statement: The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number G193. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ([email protected] or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


This course will be offered on June 11, 2021 as part of the Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design day. Course registration is available on the program page here.