October 21, 2021


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. TimberCon 2021, hosted in partnership with the Mass Timber Institute will foreground exemplary timber projects across North America; identify best-case practices for their assembly; and spotlight emerging technologies within this exciting field.



10:45 - 11:00 AM ET

Virtual Doors Open

11:00 - 11:10 AM

Dionne Darling
VP, Brand Partnerships
Architect's Newspaper
Anne Koven
Executive Director
Mass Timber Institute
Juan Du
Dean and Professor
Daniels Faculty University of Toronto

11:10 - 12:00 PM

Within the current enthusiasm for mass timber building, there are core conceptual and methodological blindspots—rifts—between claimed attributes of timber buildings and the dynamics of forests and forestry. These rifts demand attention and when addressed they challenge received assumptions and common practices. To see the forest for the building expands the scope of timber building design, demanding more intricate knowledge about the relations of forests and timber buildings.

Kiel Moe, AIA, FAAR
Architect & Author

12:00 - 12:10 PM

Jeff Morrison
Business Development Manager

12:40 - 1:30 PM

We know that active forest management (or forest thinning) mitigates forest fires, reduces carbon emissions, replenishes waterways in the area, expands wildlife habitat, and creates jobs in rural areas. However, many questions have been raised about the sustainability of wood and wood buildings. The challenges of the contemporary world in relation to the exploitation and excessive consumption of resources have forced us to rethink many long unchallenged truths. But, despite issues of deforestation, wood can still be an extremely sustainable material, as long as it is extracted and treated in a conscious and respectful manner. This panel explores forestry in the global and North American context, the forest industry’s history and its social license to operate, and what that means for architects interested in building with wood.

Kelly Alvarez Doran
Associate Director – White Arkitekter / Adjunct Professor
University of Toronto
Eli Gould
US Representative
Wood Export Bureau
Mark Kuhlberg
Laurentian University

1:30 - 1:40 PM

Methods + Materials Break

1:40 - 2:10 PM

Jeff Spiritos
Spiritos Properties

2:10 - 3:00 PM

Coupling indigenous forms and building techniques with high-performance design, Mike Laverdure offers a compelling story of working with tribal leaders to create a thoughtful and vibrant new place for the community to gather. Rooted in culture and history of the three distinct tribal nations that comprise the Three Affiliated Tribes— the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara— the facility is centered around a design mimicking a traditional earth lodge. Hear the story of the development and design of the project and the particular opportunities of working with indigenous communities.

Michael Laverdure
DSGW Architects
Amelia Baxter
CEO & Founder
Whole Trees

3:00 - 3:50 PM

Wood is reframing the narrative about sourcing, supply chains, and carbon neutraility. This naturally extends beyond buildings to include our infrastructure, much of which is crumbling as concrete comes to the end of its lifespan. This panel will explore

Vanessa Wan, P.Eng., M.Eng.
Structural Engineer
Robert Matthew Noblett, AIA, NCARB
Behnisch Architekten
Michael Szabo
Diamond Schmitt
Walton Chan
Senior Associate
Diamond Schmitt
Samuel Medina
Executive Editor
The Architect’s Newspaper

3:50 - 4:00 PM ET

Methods + Materials Break



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