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Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

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Willows on Westfield 
6729 Westfield Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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August 2019 Chapter Meeting:

Architectural Glass Design

You are invited to attend Our regular, third Thursday chapter meeting will take place on August 15, 2019 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm at the Willows on Westfield.


Note: Prior to the meeting, there will be a tour of the GRT Glass Design Facility, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The facility is located at 6400 S Brookville Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46219. 

The evening discussion, by GRT Glass Design, will provide participants with an appreciation of architectural glass, the role it played in historical terms, and how it is being used today. The primary focus will center the different types of architectural glass, their applications in both building rehabilitation and new construction, and how they may assist both designers and architects provide their clients with differentiating functional and artistic elements.  Finally, a few minutes will be devoted to describing the architectural glass industry and how it differs from traditional building envelope or glazed glass providers.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1.    Explain the history of architectural glass

2.    Describe what defines architectural glass and sets it apart from building envelope, storefront, or window glass.

3.    Define of the types of glass used


4.    Appreciate how it may be employed to make an artistic and functional statement for their clients’ homes or buildings, and set them apart from more prosaic solutions

About the Speaker:

Gregory R. Thompson, founder of GRT Glass Design

Founded in 1987 by Gregory R. Thompson, GRT Glass Design has been providing custom architectural glass to a variety of customer segments including municipalities, healthcare, higher education, hospitality, high-end residential, and commercial office space.  The product line includes kiln-formed, fused, etched, blown, and cast glass artifacts and each is created after consulting with the end user to meet their conceptual expectations of the finished product.

Our customers are principally located in North America, although the company has shipped glass to locations worldwide.  A typical creation cycle begins with consulting with the end user to understand their goals, mocking up several concepts for review, executing upon the selected idea, and installing the finished product on site.

Mr. Thompson attended The Ohio State University majoring in architecture and has successfully operated both a hot shop (for blown glass artwork) and a manufacturing operation for over 30 years.  More information may be found at the website,