The IYRS School of Technology and Trades in Bristol, RI hosted architecture students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from January 15th to 17th for a seminar on composites technology. The purpose of the seminar was to enhance students’ theoretical understanding of composites by creating the materials, and ultimately promote the use of “green” materials in modern architecture.

According to the school, IYRS faculty and students, along with Mark Goulthorpe, Associate Professor at MIT Department of Architecture, instructed the MIT students in each component of the composites material creation process. Students examined various composites materials, completed a vacuum infusion process which pulls resin through the materials, and discussed the current application of the materials in modern architecture. After three days, the students were able to create structures of composite canoes and cylindrical beams.

One MIT student, Che-Wei Wang, wrote that the workshop “really opened my eyes.” He continued “[that] I have the utmost respect for everyone in the industry and I’m excited to work with more composites in the near future.” IYRS School of Technology and Trades plans to run future seminars with MIT on composites technology.

IYRS School of Technology and Trades is a world-class experiential school with a core education model dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented building skills. IYRS is comprised of three ACCSC accredited schools: School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, School of Marine Systems, and School of Composites Technology with campuses in Newport and Bristol, RI.