As a member of PAMA, a division of ATA, you can be involved in The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES). PAMA, has a course that you may present to architects in your area.

AIA plays an active role in the continuing education of its members. The AIA offers valued opportunities for AIA members to maximize their professional skills through effective learning partnerships with firms, continuing education providers, and all AIA components.

The AIA makes specialized information available to registered CES providers as well as to AIA members. PAMA provides this opportunity by being a division of ATA, an official provider of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES).

Architects will receive credits for the courses and learn more about the advantages of incorporating shade systems into their designs. To maintain accreditation, architects are required to attain 24 credit hours of continuing education every 2 years. Below is PAMA’s AIA-accredited course that architects can attend to obtain credits to help fulfill architect certification, as well as create mutually beneficial one-on-one relationships with architecture and design firms.

PAMA AIA CEU Presentation | 1 LU-HSW

The Fabric Advantage of Shade Systems

For centuries, humans have looked for ways to reduce the impact of the sun on their environment. One highly effective method that has stood the test of time is shade structures that block the sun’s damaging rays. Sustainable, durable textiles for shade are now the industry norm and when combined with modern designs can reduce energy consumption in buildings and minimized their carbon footprints. Fabric shades today provide a low-cost option that can lead to substantial energy cost savings as well as health benefits. Today’s course will provide the participant with an in-depth look at the durability, value and sustainability benefits of fabric shade structures. Case studies combined with technical reports support the lecture.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify multiple options that incorporate shade into buildings and their settings to increase ROI.
  • Leverage the value of fabric shade structures that reduce heating and cooling costs.
  • Explain the positive benefits of fabric shade structures over other material options and that lead to reduce carbon footprints.
  • Learn design techniques and installation methods to reduce change orders on projects.


As a member of ATA’s Professional Awning Manufacturers Association this course is available for you to present to your local architectural firm.

Ineke Conway
+1 651 225 6942

NOTE: PAMA’s AIA Task Group is currently working on a second AIA course focused on design that is expected to launch in the coming months.  Watch for more information coming soon!