Volume 42, Issue 4 - April 2007
In Good Company: GANA Offers Opportunities for Architects
by Brian Pitman
We’ve all heard the saying, “You’re known by the company you keep.” For architects looking for resources and information about glass and glazing, there’s no better company than the members of the Glass Association of North America (GANA). Having access to the amount of technical information, contacts and committees available within the association is a prime membership benefit that many already realize and rely upon professionally.
GANA offers an affiliate membership category, so architects and others not directly involved in the glass industry can participate in the many activities and programs that are beneficial to not only their own professional development, but also that of their firm. Participation also allows members to be a part of a technical community that is shaping the use of glass and glazing for generations to come.
The first of these divisions is the flat glass manufacturing division, which is comprised of the major manufacturers of architectural flat glass in North America. Of its many activities, this group has developed an AIA-accredited presentation on the use of glass in architecture and also a short film on how glass is made.
Innovative designs and groundbreaking products are key elements of GANA’s decorative and mirror divisions. Each of these divisions focuses on product manufacturing and testing to help bring more aesthetic options to architects. Interacting with these divisions can also enhance members’ knowledge of the vastly increasing number of products available.
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Within all of GANA’s divisions, affiliate members may participate in committee meetings and help to mold the association’s industry efforts. Affiliate members also have access to GANA’s “Members Only” website, which provides contact information for experts from several companies within the association.
Many networking opportunities occur in conjunction with GANA’s events around the country, and all GANA members receive large attendance discounts. These discounts also apply to the many technical manuals and educational resources offered by the association.
The greatest benefit of membership for the architectural community is, of course, the formal association with an organization that provides comprehensive informational needs for commercial glass and glazing. GANA’s technical development efforts have established us as the leader for the industry we serve. The information available to members covers a broad spectrum of interests, including new products and technologies, capabilities of glass in architecture, troubleshooting and more.
The affiliate membership category is open to architects, consulting engineers, specifiers and others. If you are interested in joining GANA in this category, please visit the website at www.glasswebsite.com. Also, visit us at the annual AIA Convention and Expo next month in San Antonio in booth #19299.
the author: Brian Pitman is the marketing communications manager for the Glass Association of North America based in Topeka, Kan. Mr. Pitman’s opinions are solely his own and not necessarily those of this magazine.