Professor's Workshop (UPMW) at UNLV a Success!
2015 Workshop Being Planned for March 8-10 at Penn State


2014 UPMW at

2015 UPMW Planned for March 8-10 at Penn State University

2014 UPMW Images

2014 UPMW Attendees


Mark Cabrinha of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo addressed the UPMW Attendees related to mass customization of concrete masonry units.

Professors enjoying the challenge of building masonry walls


Checking Alingment


A UPMW Team showing off the tallest wall segment constructed.





More than 20 professors from the United States along with professors from 2 other countries met at the University of Nevada Las Vegas for the 2014 University Professors Masonry Workshop in March. The Masonry Society (TMS) led the workshop with assistance from a number of sponsoring and co-sponsoring organizations. Dr. Nader Ghafoori from UNLV served as host for the Workshop. Formal and informal discussions took place throughout the workshop allowing attendees to learn about masonry design and construction, while obtaining answers to their questions. Presentations were given related to exposing students to masonry, improving masonry education, available teaching resources, and masonry design and detailing. Major highlights of the UPMW included:

  • The Masonry Building Demonstration allowed attendees a chance to construct a small masonry wall

  • An informative tour was provided of CEMEX Concrete Block Plant

  • The Keynote Address entitled “Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks – Masonry in the 21st Century” was presented by K. Brad Van Woert, III, VanWoert Bigotti Architects

  • A Session on Innovative Approaches to Masonry Education was given and offered numerous ideas on how to enhance classes using practical, hands-on learning

  • A library full of educational resources on masonry design and construction was given to attendees in printed and electronic format

  • A question and answer session was provided at the end of the workshop and covered topics as diverse as what is The Masonry Society to what are integral water repellents.

The Masonry Society has developed a “post-Workshop” website for attendees to provide additional resources and to allow them to share thoughts and ideas.

This year’s University Professor’s Masonry Workshop built on the success of 23 past workshops, the first being given in 1988. The goal of the workshop is to assist professors their masonry classes, providing them with resources and background needed to effectively teach masonry design and construction classes at the university level. It is hoped that through such course, students are not only exposed to masonry, but become comfortable with it, so that as future designers and construction managers, they will consider it for their projects, and know where to go to find additional information on masonry. Without such exposure, it is feared that future designers will not use masonry, or will use it improperly, because they are not familiar with the material, its strengths, and its challenges. This Workshop is one way that TMS and the masonry industry hopes to “train the trainers” and to support both professors and students with masonry education. 

Major Financial Sponsors for the UPMW included the Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada (CMACN), Masonry Institute of America (MIA), NCMA Education and Research Foundation, and Western States Clay Products Association. Other Contributing Organizations included the Brick Industry Association, International Masonry Insitute, National Concrete Masonry Association, and Portland Cement Association. In addition, for this year’s workshop, BAC Local 13 assisted with the Masonry Building Demonstration and CEMEX provided the Block Plant Tour and the materials and area for the Masonry Building Demonstration.

TMS has been asked to host another workshop on March 8-10, 2015 at Penn State University and a 2016 Workshop in Southern California. For additional information on the UPMW or how you can participate, contact TMS at 303-939-9700 or


Thanks to our Sponsors!

The 2014 UPMW is Presented by The Masonry Society, with generous financial support from the following organizations:

Concrete Masonry Association of

California and Nevada


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Masonry Institute
of America







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2015 UPMW
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