Thorburn Associates to Present AIA NC Workshops

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Thorburn Associates Co-Founders Lisa A. Thorburn, LEED AP and Steven J. Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, CTS-D will present sessions for AIA NC Education Credits.

Thorburn Associates Co-Founders Lisa A. Thorburn, LEED AP and Steven J. Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, CTS-D will present sessions for AIA NC Education Credits in Salisbury, NC on July 13 and Asheville, NC on July 14.

The Planning for Technology session will be conducted by Steven J. Thorburn, PE, LEED AP, CTS-D, CTS-I, nationally recognized for his teaching and consultations in acoustics and audiovisual communications and was recently named Educator of the Year by InfoComm International. This workshop provides the foundation needed to recognize the components of a successful learning space design. Those involved in the planning of learning spaces and the support of instructional technology will obtain an understanding of best practices as well as a useful Rules-of-Thumb to guide the initial planning efforts.

From open office plans and speech privacy to natural ventilation and environmental noise, the impact of LEED strategies on the acoustics of a building can be considerable. Lisa Thorburn, LEED-AP, CTS president of acoustic and technology engineering firm Thorburn Associates, will review several case studies specifically outlining the impact of LEED strategies and other sustainable energy practices on the acoustics of recently completed projects. This session will explore the challenges, solutions, and the importance of including an acoustical engineer in the design and code interpretation process.

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About AIA NC
The North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is the recognized advocate for the architectural profession in this state.

With a membership of 2,200, AIA North Carolina includes nearly 80 percent of the state's resident architects. Membership has increased dramatically, from 215 in 1955 and 695 in 1975.

The advantage in membership lies in the breadth of service provided. AIA North Carolina publishes a newsletter for its members, AIA North Carolina Architext as well as an annual Directory. The Directory has been published since 1954 and is distributed to the state's architects, engineers, contractors, elected officials, civic leaders and decision-makers.

The Chapter staff, headquartered in Raleigh, organizes a number of meetings, highlighted by the AIA North Carolina Summer Design Conference. Continuing education is now a requirement of N.C. licensure and AIA membership. Seminars, lectures and workshops are provided through a variety of sources including the AIA North Carolina Continuing Education Academy.

About Thorburn Associates
Thorburn Associates Inc. (TA) is a professional service firm providing acoustical, technology and lighting design for commercial, corporate, leisure, residential, retail, and houses of worship. TA works in both new construction and renovations. TA is an independent consulting firm - not associated with the sale of any specific brand - offering unbiased designs to improve communication and fully realize the functionality of all projects.

Headquartered in Castro Valley, CA, with regional offices in Los Angeles, Orlando and Raleigh-Durham, NC, TA specializes in highly technological projects. Thorburn Associates is the leading firm that helps individuals through the better use of technology. In the course of 19 years in business, TA projects have received multiple awards, from the International Communications Industry Association (ICIA-InfoComm), the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Visit

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