Boosting confidence and combating uncertainty with standards

A Look Inside AWI’s Quality Certification Program

When it comes to building out interior spaces, there’s not much that’s predictable. However, when it comes to custom casework and millwork, there’s a way to reduce some of that uncertainty. 

As William Munyan, AIA, NCARB, CSI, CDT, SCIP, AWIQCP will share at mDesign Live, it means specifying projects through certified architectural woodworking firms, using the Architectural Woodworking Institute’s (AWI’s) Quality Certification Program (QCP). The firms that are using this program are able to apply careful methodologies when it comes to executing designs, delivering their projects with a distinct “mark of excellence.”

Specifying Wood Veneer and Plastic Laminate Casework

Munyan, who is an architect and principal at R & M Group Architects in Charlotte, North Carolina, will cover the current and developing Architectural Woodwork Standards, specifically when it comes to specifying wood veneer and plastic laminate casework. Attendees to Munyan’s mTalks presentation at mDesign Live will be exposed to aspects of architectural casework design, selection, and fabrication; cabinet style choices, shelf loading, finish materials, and drawer construction in addition to edge treatments, case joints, and countertops.


There will also be a deep dive into compliant vs. non-compliant architectural woodwork products — and what happens when a project goes off the rails as a result of non-compliant products. There will also be an explanation of the key differences among premium, custom, and economy-grade woodwork, as well as an overview of the proper construction of drawers, countertops, cabinets, veneer, and wall panels.

Munyan’s firm, R & M Group Architects, specializes in quality control, building code research, specifications, facility assessment, and ADA investigations. He is a Past President of the Charlotte Chapter of Construction Standards Institute, and past Secretary/Treasurer for CSI’s Southeast Region. He is also a Past President of the Architectural Woodworking Institute (AWI) Quality Certification Corporation, and  a member of the AWI Technical Committee currently creating the new ANSI certified Architectural Woodworking Standards, and an alternate member of the AIA MASTERSPEC review committee. 

Munyan’s presentation is one of more than 20 scheduled presentations for mDesign Live. Co-produced by the International Woodworking Fair and Surface & Panel magazine, mDesign Live takes place October 28 and 29, 2019, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Patterned after materials events in Europe, mDesign Live brings together fabricators and architectural and commercial interior design specialists. Manufacturers and distributors of design software, panels, components, and hardware will mix with designers, architects and fabricators throughout the event.


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Melissa Ripp