With unparalleled good looks and design versatility, brick, stone, tile, and other masonry materials are among the top choices of architects and designers for projects of both traditional and contemporary design aesthetics. But beyond its beauty, masonry provides many benefits that may not be as immediately apparent. This program looks at masonry's ease of construction, its adaptability to site conditions, and its ability to meet an ambitious construction schedule. It addresses masonry's simultaneous performance as a structural system, high performance building envelope component, and attractive exterior cladding. The seminar also talks about masonry's fire resistance, durability, and low maintenance characteristics, as well as the sustainable attributes it provides in the areas of indoor environmental quality, materials and resources, and energy efficiency. Finally, the program addresses in detail the life cycle cost benefits of masonry, and what goes into training an abundant skilled workforce of qualified bricklayers and contractors.