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RAIC offers scholarships in Italy for “Designing with Natural Stone”

The RAIC, in conjunction with MARMOMACC, the world’s leading trade show for stone and related design and technologies, will send five RAIC members to the 19th edition of Marmomacc Stone Academy’s “Designing with Natural Stone." The course runs from September 24 through 30, 2017 in Verona, Italy. More than 60 RAIC members have participated in previous editions of the course. Applications for this year’s course will be accepted until Friday June 9, at 5 p.m. (EDT).

The scholarships will also cover airfare, thanks to the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, in addition to hotel, local meals, local transportation and registration fees. Only architects who are fully licensed and working for private firms are eligible for this program.

Veronafiere offers this course to help architects learn advanced techniques in the use of marble, granite and other stone materials. The program is a unique combination of classroom lectures, guided architectural tours, and field trips to local quarries, as well as to natural stone processing facilities. This comprehensive approach enables architects to better understand stone’s full life-cycle -- including how marble is quarried, cut, processed, finished, selected for specific jobs and installed, all using the latest technologies and products.

The 2017 edition will include:

  • a tour of a nearby quarry to view the quarrying of commercial-sized blocks;
  • a visit to a gang-saw operation and a stone-processing plant;
  • an architectural tour of Verona;
  • case studies on the use of natural stone in architectural design;
  • sessions on sustainable stone design, stone cladding, new finishing technologies, stone care and maintenance, stone sourcing and selection, and working with local and global stone suppliers.

In addition, the course provides time to explore MARMOMACC, with its more than 1,500 exhibitors of stone and stone-related products from around the world.

Candidates must submit a résumé and a clear and concise application (maximum two pages or 700 words in 12 pt. font) no later than June 9. Applications will be ranked using a five-point grading scheme (a ranking of five denotes “excellent” and one denotes “poor”).

The applicant should demonstrate:

  • an interest and commitment to designing with stone in their practice;
  • how the scholarship will strengthen and advance their career as an RAIC member;
  • how the applicant would subsequently serve as an ambassador for the RAIC and the profession.

Please send applications to Amanda Delorey at

In reviewing the highest-rated candidates, efforts will be made to select a diverse group of member representatives from across Canada’s regions. After the course, scholarship recipients will be required to submit a selection of relevant photos and fill out a survey provided by the program’s organizers.

While jury deliberations remain private and confidential, non-selected candidates may request the ranking of their application to guide them in future submissions.

Participants earn approximately 20 continuing education credits.


It exceeded the quality of other programs that I have attended. The combination of site (quarry) visits over three days where the lecturers also attended, combined with their in-classroom instruction made the information very tangible and understandable…As I recollect on this experience, it is entirely a positive memory filled with memorable experiences. I feel truly fortunate to have learned about natural stone in Italy.

- Craig Newsome, MRAIC

The trip was a unique opportunity to advance professional knowledge of stone in both an industry and cultural context, as well as introduce a network of colleagues and consultants, all within the special setting of northern Italy. The experience was broad yet personal and will resonate throughout my career. The program was exceptionally well organized and administered with infectious joy and enthusiasm for both Italy and stone. Thank you to all the generous sponsors and effective organizers.

- Drew Mandel, MRAIC