Raised Panel Wainscoting Design and Construction

with Mike Neville
1 AIA CES Learning Unit|Elective
1 credit towards the Certificate in Classical Architecture (Building Craft)

Originally designed as a method of concealing damp walls in 16th century England, raised panel wainscoting quickly gained popularity as a wall finish in both Europe and North America. Never intended to be a high style finish, it became a widespread application for the formal rooms of many houses. While currently available through many retailers in prefinished trim packages, many bespoke designed homes still require this applique to be created onsite by skilled crafts practitioners.

This course will study the correct procedures for laying out and constructing raised panel wainscotting elements. Participants will be introduced to the tools needed to execute a raised panel finish, the processes of laying out and building raised panel elements, as well as the vocabulary commonly used for this construction process within the carpentry trade.

About the Instructor

Mike Neville is the Director of Carpentry Trades at Williamson College of the Trades. Before teaching at Williamson, Mr. Neville began his carpentry career working as a commercial carpenter on high rise construction projects, before establishing his own business which specializes in finish work and cabinetry for the Philadelphia area. Mr. Neville holds a A.A.S. in Carpentry from Williamson College of the Trades and is currently completing coursework towards his architecture degree.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Identify tools needed to create a raised panel wainscoting piece
  • Understand the proper techniques for preparing a laying out and constructing a raised panel wainscotting element
  • Understand the vocabulary commonly used for raised panel elements
  • Identify common safety concerns when constructing raised panel pieces.

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: March 3, 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 April 9, 2021 as part of The Art of Building Craft. Course registration is available on the program page here.