Runco Launches AIA/CES Approved Course: Understanding & Optimizing Home Theater Design


Deepens education initiative with online courses geared towards strengthening collaborative relationships between Runco dealers and architects and designers.

Beaverton, OR – February 29, 2012 – Planar Systems, Inc., (NASDAQ: PLNR) a worldwide leader in specialty display solutions and a leader in architectural displays, launched its first-ever AIA/CES approved continuing education online learning seminar. The customized coursework provides the resources and training needed for architects, interior designers and AV specifiers looking to incorporate innovative digital solutions within their projects, as well as opens up the lines of communication between dealer and designer.

Partnering with AEC Daily, the leading e-learning company for architects, engineers and other construction professionals, Planar has unveiled their initial education courses online, which not only provide AIA/CES Learning Units, but also offer unique insight into the architectural and technological possibilities presented by home theater design. The decision to collaborate with AEC Daily has provided the display solutions leader with the opportunity to provide useful education that enables architects and designers to speak a common language with Runco dealers. The approved courses help both to better understand the scope in which technology and design can be married for the best outcome.

“In my experience, delivering tailored approved education courses help to foster stronger relationships with the local design and building communities,” said Bob Dacundo of Phoenix Audio Visual, “By launching courses for designers, Runco is helping to develop more successful, harmonious outcomes for our clients.”

Runco has introduced “Understanding Home Theater Design for Optimizing the Experience,” an hour long program which describes how to create the best in a home theater experience with accurate visual reproduction, calibration, and screen selection, to create the ideal viewing environment. The AIA/CES-approved course was constructed by industry experts Greg Campbell and Jeremy Sternhagen, both of Runco, and grants each member 1.0 AIA/CES HSW/LU Hour.

Additionally, Planar has an additional continuing education course, “Designing Media Walls: Imagery, Video and Information on Digital Canvases,” which provides a primer on video wall technology by reviewing key specification items, system components, design considerations, case studies and a review of video wall trends. This one-hour AIA/CES-approved online course was designed by Jennifer Davis and also provides members with 1.0 AIA/CES HSW/LU Hour; additional features include interactive architectural application sketches and inspiration galleries.

“At Planar, we want to equip the architecture and design community with the tools they need to serve their clients,” said Jennifer Davis, vice president of marketing for Planar, “With the launch of the new AIA/CES-approved continuing education courses, we hope to further this mission, while enabling designers, architects, and consultants alike to better understand how to design incredible spaces utilizing video technology.”

Each course is self-paced and available online 24 hours a day, seven days per week; allowing both the design and building communities, as well as audio-visual professionals to benefit from the flexibility of easy access. Additionally, the coursework is eligible for a host of other professional CE credits from various organizations including:

  • Alberta Association of architects (AAA)
  • American Institute of Building Design (AIBD)
  • Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI)
  • Construction Specifications Canada (CSC)
  • Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE)
  • International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI)
  • New-Foundland Association of Architects (NLAA
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
  • Quebec Order of Architects (OAQ)
  • Saskatchewan Association of Architects (SAA)

Additionally, members of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AICB), may self-report this learning activity for consideration of AICB Learning Units. The continuing education credits may also help fulfill the required Health, Safety and Welfare (HWS) Learning Unites required each year.

To learn more about Planar and Runco’s AIA-approved continuing education courses open to designers visit http://www.planardigitalsignage.com/

About Runco

Founded in 1987 and acquired by Planar Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) in 2007, Runco is a market leader in state-of-the-art projection systems, flat-panel displays, video processors, display walls and other components for the custom consumer market. Runco’s display innovations have won numerous awards and citations from the world press. Runco continues to be a pioneer in the custom video display market.

About Planar

Planar Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: PLNR) is a global leader in digital display technology providing premier solutions for the world's most demanding environments. Retailers, educational institutions, government agencies, businesses, utilities and energy firms, and home theater enthusiasts all depend on Planar to provide superior performance when image experience is of the highest importance. Planar solutions are used by the world’s leading organizations in applications ranging from digital signage to simulation and from interactive kiosks to large-scale data visualization. Founded in 1983, Planar is headquartered in Oregon, USA, with offices, manufacturing partners, and customers worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.planar.com


Kimberly Lancaster
Caster Communications

Runco International

Ryan Gray
Planar Systems, Inc.

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