April 7, 1999
NJIT Student Architects and Engineers Get First Hand Experience from
Master Masons, Other Skilled Craftsmen
NEWARK - April 7, 1999 -
Architects and engineers of tomorrow from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) got some "hands on" experience working alongside and learning from master masons and other skilled craftsmen on Masonry Day at NJIT's School of Architecture.
During the event, sponsored by NJIT and the International Masonry Institute, the students experienced the materials, design and construction techniques they will encounter after they graduate. Masonry Day was also aimed at providing them with an understanding of the craftworkers and their professions says John Bachenski, Area Director of Marketing Development for the International Masonry Institute.
"Just like architects and engineers, these master craftsmen must spend many years learning their profession," says Bachenski. "In the construction process, it's important that architects and engineers who design and plan structures and the craftsmen who implement the plan understand and appreciate each other's role."
At various craft stations outside the school, students experienced the techniques used to build cavity walls and re-enforced grout walls, as well as the use of tile and terrazzo, cement-finishing techniques, and masonry as art. A number of technical seminars on the use of these various materials were also held at the School of Architecture.
The International Masonry Institute contributed over $300,000 toward construction of the ultramodern School of Architecture building, which required the skills of many masons to construct its brick fašade.
NJIT's School of Architecture, which offers both bachelor's and master's degree programs in architecture, boasts the fifth largest accredited degree program in the country. It has emerged as one of the nation's leaders in teaching computer-aided design and graphics. The School of Architecture is also the only public institution in New Jersey offering a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
NJIT's Newark College of Engineering has been preparing students for careers at the cutting edge of technology since 1919. Degree programs include chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, manufacturing and mechanical engineering. Almost a quarter of all engineers in the state are graduates of the Newark College of Engineering.