Many university programs -- whether architecture, civil engineering, or construction management -- do not emphasize masonry. This is changing, however, as more and more universities are offering substantial masonry instruction. This is partly due to increasing industry involvement. ARCHITECTURE PROGRAMS In a course titled "Architectural Construction Systems," J. Patrick Rand, an architecture professor at North Carolina State University, relates construction materials to structural applications. A major component of this class is the masonry design lab, in which students apply the general principles of modern masonry construction to a particular situation. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT In some construction management and technology programs students learn hands-on about masonry materials. "How are you supposed to manage someone if you've never done it yourself?" asks Stephen Schuette, head of the department of building construction and contracting at Purdue University. ENGINEERING COURSES Civil engineering programs are more likely to have entire courses devoted to masonry if the departments cover masonry at all, though these classes generally are electives. Structural engineers need thorough knowledge of the behavior of materials and systems under different loading conditions, so superficial treatment of a topic does not suffice. EXPOSURE IS KEY There is no way to teach students everything about masonry design and construction. But students who learn something about masonry, especially those who have picked up a trowel or designed an entire structure, will be able to build on this knowledge foundation when they're practicing professionals. INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT As a way to increase masonry's role in the education of architects, engineers, and construction science professionals, The Masonry Society has been conducting University Professors' Masonry Workshops at least annually since 1987.