Tile & Stone Seminar Series 

The International Masonry Institute (IMI) is pleased to present the 2019 Tile & Stone Seminar Series for architects, designers, building developers, agencies, and contractors. The program features a half-day of seminars and exhibits, breakfast through lunch. Architects, designers, and TMT contractors may receive up to 4.0 continuing education units toward AIA and Trowel of Excellence programs.

Dates and locations are:

February 13, 2019 - Pittsburgh

March 12, 2019 - Boston

April 18, 2019 - Rochester

May 8, 2019 - San Francisco area

June 3, 2019 - Chicago area

October 8, 2019 - Indianapolis

November 6, 2019 - Las Vegas


  7:15 -   7:45 - Check-in, Breakfast, Exhibits
  7:45 -   8:00 - Opening comments
  8:00 -   9:00 - Challenges & Growth Opportunities in Exterior Tile & Stone
  9:00 -   9:15 - Break/Exhibits
  9:15 - 10:15 - Spec it and Forget it: Benefit of Complete Systems for Interior Tile and Stone Assemblies
10:15 - 10:30 - Break/Exhibits
10:30 - 11:30 - Critical Points of Tile Design and Installation
11:30 - 12:15 - Break/Exhibits; Lunch is provided
12:15 -   1:15 - Tile Problems and Solutions: A Panel Discussion
  1:15 -   1:30  - Door prize drawing; Conclude

In addition to the four seminars, we will have several material suppliers and other industry representatives exhibiting their products and services representing all facets of the tile and stone industry. The same program will be delivered in each city.


Challenges and Growth Opportunities in Exterior Tile & Stone  presented by Mapei and Daltile
This seminar addresses building codes and standards relevant to exterior adhered tile and stone installations including IBC, ANSI, and TCNA, while examining the dynamics of exterior installations. Attendees will learn how to specify the surface preparation, installation methods, and setting materials for the demanding exterior environment. The seminar covers varying performance characteristics of setting materials and grouts during and after installation. It also examines proper selection and use of gauged porcelain tile (GPT), GPT panels/slabs, traditional porcelain tile, and stone tile in exterior environmental conditions.

Spec it and Forget it: Benefit of Complete Systems for Interior Tile & Stone Assemblies presented by Custom Building Products
Attendees will learn about the various types of tile and stone, setting methods, system components, and quality assurance methods as outlined in the ANSI A108 standards and the TCNA Handbook. The program addresses design and interior installation requirements for conventional large format tile and stone, as well as for thin gauged porcelain tile (GPT) and GPT panels/slabs. It also includes an in-depth discussion of floor flatness and substrate preparation requirements, and addresses the selection of setting materials and grouts for tile and stone.

Critical Points of Tile Design and Installation sponsored by National Terrazzo & Mosaic Association
This seminar takes a close look at the most important elements of a successful tile project, from design through the finished installation. Applying the evaluation criteria of the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) to real case studies, the program examines the critical requirements of ACT’s seven specialty areas: large format tile/substrate preparation, membranes, mud floors and walls, shower receptors, gauged porcelain tile, and grouts. In addition to architectural details and project photos, this seminar uses physical full-scale mockups to illustrate critical design points of a tile assembly.

Tile Problems and Solutions: A Panel Discussion
This interactive panel discussion will provide attendees invaluable insights on designing with and installing tile from the local perspective. The moderated discussion will tackle difficult local and regional problems, and will challenge panelists to present workable solutions. The panel in each city will comprise a local TCAA member or other union tile contractor, a BAC journeyworker tile setter, local suppliers of tile and setting materials, and other industry experts. Bring your questions and jobsite stories.


Architects, interior designers, general contractors, construction managers, owners/developers, BAC tile and stone contractors.


This program is registered with the American Institute of Architects for 4.0 learning units (LUs) including 4.0 Health Safety Welfare (HSW) LUs. IMI will provide certificates for self-reporting for non-AIA members. BAC tile and stone contractors receive 4.0 hours toward IMI Contractor College and TCAA Trowel of Excellence continuing education requirements.




Thank You

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