The 2016 Annual Fall Conference of Brick by Brick takes place September 28—30th at the Fairmont Hot Springs in Anaconda, Montana. The 2016 AIA Montana Fall conference will feature leaders in the art and architecture industry.

L. William Zahner will be delivering a talk entitled Creating Unique Architectural Metal Surfaces in the 21st Century. Interest in the use of metal in architecture and art over the last several decades has skyrocketed. Unlike any other material, metals have the ability to provide lightweight, durable, and aesthetic characteristics for a surface.

This lecture will provide an overture of current technological approaches to producing custom surfaces and forms, and will describe what will be possible in the near future — the changing facade, and the design platform that connects designers to fabricators.

Presentations at the event include CEO/President L. William Zahner of A. Zahner Company, Arne Emerson of Morphosis Architects, Craig Vickers of Civitas, John F. Kane of Architekton, David Conant of AEI Affiliated Engineers, and sculptor Robert Harrison.

Brick by Brick: The 2016 AIA Montana Annual Fall Conference will, literally and figuratively, explore the process and craft of assembling the pieces and parts that become the built expression of that initial vision.

From assembling the right team to telling the story through design, each project is a unique set of collaborations, explorations, research, selections, detailing and implementations. The ever increasing complexity of those visions require skills in organization and a reliance on many specialized team members. The trend for an integrated approach to design and decision making is resulting in some of the most inspiring projects of our time.

The American Institute of Architects, founded in 1857, is the professional organization for 80,000 licensed architects and associated professionals. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., and some 300 state and local chapters worldwide, the AIA helps to build public awareness of architecture and supports the practice of architecture.