Masonry Night School

Strength Design of Masonry

Originally presented February/March 2021

This 6-session course will introduce strength design of masonry, review code requirements, and examine designs of common masonry elements including, beams, walls, columns, and pilasters. Design methodology will be reviewed, as will design for flexure, axial loads, and in-plane loads. The course will conclude with a review of requirements for reinforcement and connectors and detailing masonry effectively. This course is an excellent way to learn strength design procedures. Those taking the course should have a basic familiarity with masonry (consistent with content presented in the Masonry 101).

Recordings of these webinars will be available soon.

  • Session 1 – Introduction to Strength Design of Masonry and Design Methodologies, Presented by John Hochwalt, PE, SE
  • Session 2 – Strength Design of Beams, Presented by Richard M. Bennett, PhD., PE
  • Session 3 – Strength Design of Walls for Axial Load and Out-of-Plane Loads, Presented by Richard M. Bennett, PhD., PE
  • Session 4 – Strength Design of Walls for In-Plane Loads & Seismic Detailing, Presented by John Hochwalt, PE, SE
  • Session 5 – Strength Design of Columns and Pilasters & System Behavior, Presented by John Hochwalt, PE, SE
  • Session 6 – Strength Design Requirements for Reinforcement & Connectors, Presented by Richard M. Bennett, PhD., PE

Non-Members: $420 when purchasing all 6 webinars and receive 10% off Strength Design of Masonry
TMS Members: $270 when purchasing all 6 webinars and receive 10% off Strength Design of Masonry


Masonry 101

Originally presented October/November 2020

TMS began a new Masonry Night School with a 6 session Masonry 101 course, which provides a comprehensive introduction to masonry materials and concepts for those who need a fast-track course, especially new designers and specifiers. See the links below for descriptions and to purchase recordings of each webinar. Handouts are included with each recording.

  • Session 1 – Introduction to Masonry by W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D., P.E., FASTM, FTMS, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville
  • Session 2 – Introduction to Masonry Units by Christine A. (Tina) Subasic, P.E., LEED AP, consulting architectural engineer in Raleigh, NC
  • Session 3 – Mortar by Jamie Farny, Director, Building Marketing at the Portland Cement Association
  • Session 4 – Reinforcement and Anchors by Richard M. Bennett, Ph.D., P.E., FTMS, Professor at the University of Tennessee
  • Session 5 – Grout by Jamie Farny, Director, Building Marketing at the Portland Cement Association
  • Session 6 – Masonry Assemblies by W. Mark McGinley, Ph.D., P.E., FASTM, FTMS, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Louisville

Non-Members: $375 when purchasing all 6 webinars
TMS Members: $250 when purchasing all 6 webinars

Night School provides a more thorough review of masonry topics allowing attendees to progressively build their knowledge about masonry. Future integration will allow for on-demand learning and a selection of specific topics of interest by those wishing to learn about various aspects and attributes of masonry. Masonry 101 is intended as a full course to introduce those new to masonry to essential topics in a developing sequence, although attendees may participate in sessions individually if desired.