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For the first time since its inception, VITRUM™ Glass Group is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a Glass Talks event outside of Vancouver, on Thursday, October 26th, 2023.  The vibrant city of Seattle was chosen as the fitting venue for this.  Seattle, a city nestled between the dramatic waters of Puget Sound and the lush landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, stands as a captivating canvas of architectural innovation and diversity.

Along with the four informative sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with primary glass suppliers and other key players from within the industry. This free event is being offered exclusively to professionals in the architectural glass industry – Architects, Spec Writers, Engineers, Glaziers, Builders and Developers. This event will be held in-person at The Georgetown Ballroom in South Seattle from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, followed by a cocktail hour.

Date:             October 26th, 2023, Thursday
Time:            1:00pm to 5:00pm (Doors open for Registration at 12nn, followed by a cocktail hour from 5pm to 6pm)
Location:    The Georgetown Ballroom, Seattle, WA (5623 Airport Way South, Seattle WA 98108)




FIRST 100 ATTENDEES – will receive a $5 gift card from Starbucks as gifted by our Gold Sponsor Guardian Glass

DURING GLASS TALKS – our Gold Sponsor Vitro Architectural Glass will be giving away 2 Fogo De Chao Restaurant Gift Cards, valued at $250 each.











  • Description

    VITRUM™ Glass Group would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your co-workers to attend Glass Talks 2023 – Seattle.  Glass Talks is an annual educational conference hosted by one of North America’s leading glass fabricators, VITRUM™ Glass Group.

    This half-day, highly informative conference will offer in-depth discussions on some of the most topical issues in the industry today. Led by a team of experts, each session will guide us through some of the most prevalent issues, challenges, and opportunities facing design professionals, builders, and developers.

    Along with the 4 illuminating presentations, you will have the opportunity to hear from primary glass suppliers and others key players from within the architectural glass industry.

    This free event is being offered exclusively to professionals in the building design industry – Architects, Spec Writers, Engineers, Glaziers, Builders and Developers.

    Space is limited – REGISTER TODAY and guarantee your seat at this year’s conference.

    For more information, please contact Maria Manning – – 604-882-3513

    Glass Talks 2023 Seattle is eligible for up to 3 AIA Self-Reported LU’s

  • Schedule
    12:00nn – 1:00pmRegistration Open, Tabletop Exhibits Open
    1:00pm – 1:50pmSession 1: Bird Friendly Glass Solutions: Understanding the Fundamentals of Safe Design presented by Geoff Shellard, Guardian Glass
    1:55pm – 2:45pmSession 2: Silicone Coatings: A Risk Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Stress Breakage presented by Casey Anderson, ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries
    2:45pm – 3:15pmCoffee Break, Tabletop Exhibits Open
    3:15pm-4:05pmSession 3: Using Glass to Reduce Embodied and Operational Carbon presented by Bryce Given, Vitro Architectural Glass
    4:10pm-5:00pmSession 4: Panel Discussion: Seattle Energy Code and Triple Glazing
    5:00pm-6:00pmGlass Talks 2023 – Seattle Closing Remarks, Tabletop Exhibits Open, Cocktail Hour


  • Sessions

    Engaging Educational sessions

    Attend three AIA accredited sessions plus an informative panel discussion led by industry experts.  These four sessions focus on educational content that is highly relevant for the architectural, building, and glazing community. You must be in attendance during the sessions to receive the three AIA credits.


    Presenter: Geoff Shellard, Guardian Glass

    This course is intended to provide the basis for a better understanding of how to recognize issues affecting the bird population while learning about best practices and design fundamentals for smarter, safer buildings.


    Geoff Shellard is the Pacific Northwest Architectural Design Manager at Guardian Glass.  He works with glaziers, architects, developers and specification writers to gain project specifications.  Geoff previously spent almost 8 years with a glass fabricator, finishing that tenure as senior architectural sales representative. His education includes marketing management and home inspections, and certifications in biohazard, mold and IAQ inspection and remediation.


    S2 – Silicone Coatings: A Risk Mitigation Strategy for Thermal Stress Breakage

    Presenter: Casey Anderson, ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries

    This course will provide architects, specifiers, and façade consultants education about silicone-based spandrel glass coating technologies. Attendees will learn about the risks of thermal stress breakage due to ceramic frit’s weakening effects on heat-treated glass. Testing methodology and industry standards will also be addressed. Alternative coating solutions will be introduced as a strategy to reduce risk of thermally induced breakage in glass facades.

    Casey Anderson is the Marketing Manager at ICD High Performance Coatings + Chemistries, manufacturer of OPACI-COAT-300® water-based silicone glass coating. She has presented accredited education throughout North America to Architects, Façade Consultants, General Contractors, Developers, Glazing Subcontractors, and Glass Fabricators. Casey stays informed of the latest architectural trends and developments by attending industry trade shows including GlassBuild America, Facades+, ZAK World of Facades, Facade Tectonics World Congress, and NGA (National Glass Association) Conferences, and participates in several NGA work groups to further industry technical resources. She was a facilitator and speaker at New York Build Week 2022, and has been quoted in Glass and USGlass Magazines regarding Façade Visual Harmonization, Material Compatibility, Spandrel and Back-painted Glass, and was amidst industry icons on the December 2022 USGlass Magazine cover titled “Women in the Industry”. Casey enjoys collaborating on projects with people who strive to further green initiatives.


    Presenter:  Bryce Given, Vitro Architectural Glass

    This presentation will give a crash course in the manufacturing of float glass and low-e coatings and help learners understand the definition of embodied and operational carbon, find information about the amount of embodied carbon in a manufactured product, strategically select combinations of low-emissivity (low-e) coatings and glass substrates in advanced glazing to meet energy codes and to reduce a building’s energy usage and prepare for challenges that may negatively impact a project’s carbon reduction goals.


    Bryce Given is the National Architectural Manager for Vitro Architectural Glass.   Bryce provides information to architects, designers, and contractors to help them make the best-value glazing choices while supporting the efforts of the regional glazing market.  Employed in the commercial construction industry for 17+ years, Bryce has experience at multiple levels of the procurement chain. Bryce has also served on the board of the Washington State chapter of the National Glass Association for the past 5 years.


    Presenters: Duane Jonlin – City of Seattle, Brad Glauser – Edify Studios, & Tyler Kuenzi – Mission Glass

    The proposed changes in the Seattle Energy Code call for very low U-value, which would establish triple glazing as a standard product line.  This panel discussion will go over the possible impacts of this change.

    Duane Jonlin is the Energy Code and Energy Conservation Advisor for Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections and in June 2021 was appointed Chair of the IECC Commercial Code Consensus Committee. Additionally, he serves on the ASHRAE 90.1 Committee, the Energy Code Technical Advisory Group for the Washington State Building Code Council, and advisory groups for ICC and ASHRAE. In 2016, he was elected to the AIA College of Fellows, and was one of the recipients of the Jeffrey A. Johnson Award from the US Department of Energy. He is an invited speaker nationally on issues of energy codes and efficiency. Prior to taking his position at the City of Seattle, Duane was a principal at NBBJ, with 30 years’ experience working on complex projects as a technical architect.


    Brad Glauser CSI – NFRC-ACE is a fourth-generation general contractor who brings a perspective that stretches from real estate development, through sub-contracting and into manufacturing.   Over the last fifteen years, Brad has specifically seasoned his experience in the field of building envelope project management and marketplace of engineered glass wall systems.




    Tyler Kuenzi started in the industry installing storefronts and curtain walls while simultaneously attaining a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Washington State University. He has served as a Project Manager at Mission Glass for 12 years and is currently serving as the Project Executive for Mission Glass in Tumwater, Washington.






  • Prizes

    prize sponsor

    Our Gold Sponsor, Guardian Glass is generously giving away $5 Starbucks gift cards to the first 100 attendees! These gift cards/vouchers will be distributed upon registration during the event.

    Vitro Architectural Glass, our Gold Sponsor is also graciously giving away 2 Fogo De Chao Restaurant Gift Cards during Glass Talks valued at $250 each.  Winners must be present to claim the prize.

  • FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: My colleague didn’t receive an invitation, can they come?
    A: Yes, if your colleague is an architect, spec writer, interior designer, engineer, glazier, builder or developer, they are welcome to attend this event. Kindly have them RSVP on the registration website.  To expedite their registration, please contact Maria Manning – – 604-882-3513

    Q: Do I need to be an AIA member to attend this event?
    A: No, you do not. This event is open to all members of the architectural glass industry. The AIA Continuing Education credits are an additional bonus for those members that need them, but in no way is this event limited to those members.

    Q: How do I receive AIA credits?
    A: AIA Member attendees will self-report their credits.  This can be done by logging in to and filling out the online self-report form. 

    Q: How & when will I receive a Starbucks gift card?
    A: The first 100 attendees to register during the event day will receive a Starbucks gift card courtesy of Guardian Glass. This will be distributed at the registration table.

    Q: How do I win the $250 Fogo De Chao Restaurant Gift Cards from Vitro Architectural Glass?
    A: There will be 2 prize draws during the event.  Winners must be present to claim the prize.  

    Q: Where can I park?
    A: There are several pay parking lots in the area, but carpooling and taking transit is highly encouraged.