Terra cotta is an ancient building material that has stood the test of time and is still being manufactured today for traditional roof tiles and innovative rainscreen wall cladding and sunscreen systems. Terra cotta's strengths in terms of thermal insulation, ease of installation, and aesthetic quality provide new scope for architectural creativity. This course will explore how architectural terra cotta products are sustainably manufactured, their key performance benefits, and the many design opportunities and applications available to architects who choose to design with sustainable and durable terra cotta building products..

Learning Objectives

  • Examine how architectural terra cotta tile products are manufactured and why they are considered a highly sustainable building product.
  • Dispel four common misconceptions about terra cotta building products.
  • Understand key performance benefits of architectural terra cotta clay tile products.
  • Explore design opportunities and applications for terra cotta roof tiles, including a case study where the product was used.
  • Explore design options and applications for terra cotta wall cladding, including a case study where this system was used.

Pre-requisite: Basic knowledge of terra cotta.