Planar Offers Continuing Education Class about Video Walls for Architects and Designers


Planar Offers Continuing Education Class about Video Walls for Architects and Designers

Leading architects and designers can now learn how to incorporate digital media walls into their plans as part of the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Program

PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Planar Systems, Inc. (NAS: PLNR) , a global leader in digital display technology, in cooperation with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), announced it has launched a new continuing education credit class entitled Designing Media Walls: Imagery, Video and Information on Digital Canvases. Planar recently became an AIA Cornerstone Partner, and will offer the Continuing Education System (CES) class to AIA's nearly 80,000 members.

The free class, which was created for architects and interior designers, offers a primer on video wall technology. Specifically, participants will learn:

  • Function and components of a video wall system

  • Detailed technical specifications of a video wall

  • Key design considerations for assembling a complete video wall solution

  • New trends and innovative uses of video walls

Planar video walls are installed worldwide in airports, museums, sports venues, hospitals, universities and retail showrooms. Planar tiled LCD technology is preferred for its off-board electronics design which reduces weight, heat, points of failure, and mounted depth, allowing for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

"Increasingly, architects and designers are incorporating technologically advanced designs into their corporate, healthcare, hospitality, retail and residential building projects," said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing at Planar Systems. "Being an AIA Cornerstone Partner and offering AIA CES credit sessions is an important part of our commitment to the architectural industry and design community."

Participants taking Planar's Designing Media Walls session will earn one learning unit of credit with health, safety and welfare (HSW). AIA architect members are required to complete 18 hours of continuing education per year for membership renewal, and CES credits help architects in many states meet their state licensing board's mandatory continuing education (MCE) requirements.

Planar initially will offer the class by appointment at architectural firms throughout the United States. Over time, the course will be made generally available through Planar reseller offices, AIA local chapter offices and as a webinar.

"Designing Media Walls was an excellent introduction to the architectural potential of video displays," said Ernie Staley, architect with CH2M Hill & IDC Architects. "The course gave me a solid foundation to begin incorporating media walls into our designs. Of the many AIA Continuing Education courses I've attended, this was definitely one of the most useful and informative."

Planar provides one-of-a-kind video wall expertise based on over 30 years of digital display innovation. The company also offers a variety of desktop and touch screen monitors favored by architects and designers for their Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM) work and large format displays for conference room presentations.

In March, Planar announced that 3D BIM models of select Planar large format LCD displays and video walls are available free through the Autodesk® Seek web service, allowing architects, engineers and designers to easily download 3D models of Planar displays.

The recently introduced Planar® Mosaic™ architectural video wall solution will be on display at the AIA Expo in Denver, CO, June 20 - 22, Booth # 3907. Designers or firms interested in scheduling an AIA class can visit the Planar website's Continuing Education page.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NAS: PLNR) is a global leader in display and digital signage technology, providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Planar video walls, large format LCD displays, interactive touch screen monitors and many other solutions are used by the world's leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners and customers worldwide. For more information, visit

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