Lunchtime Learning: Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Architecture

Contemporary residential architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors. Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic, especially when window and door products manufactured specifically for the contemporary design market are specified. This course will discuss the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture both historically and today, and will identify window styles, window options, and performance measures that you will want to consider when specifying windows and doors for contemporary residences.

Presented by: 

George Papaheraklis - Founder and President of FineCraft Contractors, Inc. 

"I’m a builder. I love the creation. Ever since I can remember I have been interested in “ART.” My philosophy which I imbue into my staff is the acronym - ART - Aesthetically Reimaging Together. I studied architecture at the University of Maryland in the 1980s, and when I finished my degree I realized that I enjoyed building so much that I really didn’t want to be in an office. I decided that because of the experience that I had in building, because of my background, I could be uniquely situated in combining my fortes for and with my clients. Taking somebody’s dream and bringing it into reality in all the details that one wants is the essence of ART."


Cliff Sosin - Partner at Quality Window and Door

Cliff received his Electrical Engineering degree from Arizona State University in 1978 where he was hired directly from college to work for Grumman Aerospace in their research and development department and received commendations for circuits he devised and software he wrote. He soon realized that he did not want to work for corporate America so he became a manufacturers rep for a couple building materials manufacturers before landing with Weather Shield manufacturing in 1980. He was their manufacturers rep in the DMV from 1980 thru 1987 when Weather Shield decided to go from direct sales to two-step distribution and Cliff opened Quality Window and Door Inc. and gave up being a manufacturers rep. He brought with him his background of engineering thought processes to an industry that required a commitment to detail and to “getting it right the first time, on time, all the time” mentality. 

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture, including how windows and doors were used historically in modern architecture to create a seamless transition between the indoors and outdoors, and how this design feature is increasingly being used today;
  • Identify fenestration products that are well-suited for integration into contemporary residential design;
  • Explore fenestration options for contemporary windows and doors, including frames and finishes; and
  • Describe performance issues that must be considered when designing with large expanses of glass common in contemporary design.

Sponsored by: FineCraft Contractors, Inc.