September 24


Ask any architect or engineer—timber is
growing (no pun intended) on everyone.

Mass timber construction is on the rise from the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, promising new potentialities in tactile design and engineering; all while offering aesthetically pleasing solutions to sustainability goals. The Future of Mass Timber will foreground exemplary timber projects across North America; identify best-case practices for their assembly; and spotlight emerging technologies within this exciting field.

Earn up to 7 AIA HSW CEUs

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Earn up to 5 AIA HSW CEUs

7:45 AM PT (10:45 AM ET)

Virtual Doors Open

7:50 AM PT (10:50 AM ET)


  • Dionne Darling

    VP of Brand Partnerships

    The Architect’s Newspaper

8:00 AM PT (11:00 AM ET)

Looking ahead: The Future of Mass Timber in the US

What’s next for mass timber? This presentation highlights the US’ legacy of timber construction and recent wood innovations, with a focus on the issues that will shape the next decade of mass timber design. Specific themes to be addressed include sustainable wood sourcing, timber’s economic benefit to rural communities, hybrid timber structures, early adoption of the 2021 IBC timber code provisions, and more integrated approaches to design and fabrication.

  • Thomas Robinson

    Founding Principal

    Lever Architecture

  • Matt Shaw MODERATOR

    Contributing Editor

    The Architect's Newspaper

9:00 AM PT (12:00 PM ET)

CLT's High Ambitions: Timber Assembly in Tower Design

Once relegated for use in smaller projects, structural timber now promises to redefine skyscraper design. This panel will focus on two Toronto towers that are leading the way in this trend, with the aim of highlighting the structural intricacies at work in both. Crucially, the discussion will expound on ways these practices might be applied on building sites across North America.

  • Anne Koven MODERATOR


    Mass Timber Institute

  • Leland Dadson

    Senior Architect


  • Carol Phillips


    Moriyama & Teshima Architects

  • Robert Jackson


    Fast + Epp

  • Simon Rayment


    Blackwell Structural Engineers

10:00 AM PT (1:00 PM ET)


  • Construction Phase Moisture Management for Timber Structures
  • Rosboro X-Rim: Glulam Rim Board and Fire Detailing
  • Indoor Environmental Quality Benefits of Access Floors
10:30 AM PT (1:30 PM ET)

Methods + Materials Break

10:40 AM PT (1:40 PM ET)

Keynote: Innovation in Arkansas

  • Peter MacKeith


    Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas

  • Matt Shaw MODERATOR

    Contributing Editor

    The Architect's Newspaper

11:40 AM PT (2:40 PM ET)

Timber Tectonics: Structure and Joinery

As mass timber pushes the limits of tactile design and construction, it has opened up new levels of tectonic sophistication. From castings and plates to cross-laminated timber panels, architects and engineers are able to foreground joinery and structure as central aesthetic components like never before. Panelists will dig into building details to show how all the pieces come together.

  • Ashley Rao

    Senior Associate

    Leers Weinzapfel Associates

  • Tom Chung


    Leers Weinzapfel Associates

  • Roshanak Mostaghim

    Senior Designer


  • Zarmine Nigohos

    Senior Architect


  • Matthew Marani MODERATOR

    Program Manager

    The Architect’s Newspaper

12:40 PM PT (3:40 PM ET)


  • Embodied Carbon: Parametrically Comparing and Optimizing
  • Rosboro Laminated Decking: A Cost Competitive CLT Alternative
  • Aesthetic Benefits of Access Floors with Mass Timber
1:10 PM PT (4:10 PM ET)

Methods + Materials Break

1:20 PM PT (4:20 PM ET)

Wood Futures: Pushing Boundaries in Digital Fabrication & Engineering

From mass timber to free forms, integrated delivery methods are enabling advances in innovative and cost-effective design with timber. Engineers and consultants across North America are driving this innovation using the latest in computational design and digital fabrication techniques. Three experts will discuss advances in structural engineering, envelope design, and fabrication, using recent design collaborations to give a sense of where timber goes from here.

  • Ted Hall

    Founder & Creative Director


  • Lucas Epp

    Engineering + 3D Manager


  • Eric Wood

    Facade Specialist/ Mass Timber Practice Lead

    Morrison Hershfield

  • Matthew Marani MODERATOR

    Program Manager

    The Architect’s Newspaper

This panel is sponsored by Morrison Hershfield, Spearhead, and StructureCraft.

Earn up to 2 AIA CEUs
2:20 PM PT (5:20 PM ET)

Performance-Based Fire Engineering for Mass Timber Buildings

1 LU | HSW

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  • Tanya Luthi

    Vice President, Structures


  • Matthew Smith

    Associate, Fire & Structural


3:20 PM PT (6:20 PM ET)

Glulam: A Framework for Mass Timber Construction


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  • Jared Hensley

    Director of Engineering


Full Day Pricing

Symposium + Afternoon CE Strong Courses. Earn up to 7 AIA CEUs.

Early Bird First 50 registrants

  • 150

General Admissions

  • 200


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