9 Excellent Wood-Focused Webinars to Watch

Stay ahead of the year’s continuing education requirements by exploring these nine excellent on-demand webinars and discussions that explore how wood structural systems can help realize contemporary commercial projects that meet targets for sustainability and user experience. Developed by Think Wood with partners like Architectural Record and Hanley Wood University, these webinars showcase in-depth case studies from industry leaders who share their experience about how wood systems can help solve design challenges as varied as tight construction timelines, bullish carbon reduction goals, and bringing the outdoors in to create welcoming, biophilic spaces.

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The Mercury Store
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Advances in Wood Construction and Sustainability: Reimagining the Future of the Built Environment
In this session, ARCHITECT explores the work of two firms using wood in sustainable ways. Panelists Ruth Mandl principal and co-founder of CO Adaptive and Joshua R. Gassman, principal and sustainable design director of Lord Aeck Sargent, provide a unique look into the reasons why wood was chosen and how it supports the project's needs and goals—through adaptive reuse, low-carbon design and sustainability, and as an educational experience.
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DCPL Southwest Library
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Using Wood and Mass Timber in Library and Community Projects
Informed material choices and emphasizing the impact on occupant well-being help elevate modern community facilities like libraries. This webinar assesses the economic; environmental; and health, safety, and welfare benefits of using wood and mass timber compared to other building materials. Presenters include Kate Weiland, partner at BuildingWork; Carl Knutson, principal and design director at Perkins&Will; and Matthew Oudens, ​​principal at Oudens Ello Architecture.
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Adidas North American Headquarters
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Innovations in Wood: Understanding the Latest Advances in Wood Research and Design
Specifying wood in building design has a multitude of benefits, including elevating the design of the project, enhancing sustainable initiatives, and incorporating mixed materials for innovative buildings. In this session, ARCHITECT explores the work and research of several firms using wood for innovative designs. It features presentations by Jennifer Bonner, founder of MALL; Thomas Robinson, founder and principal of LEVER Architecture; and Yasmin Vobis and Aaron Forrest, co-founding principals of Ultramoderne.
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Sonrisa Project
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Unlocking Mass Timber Affordability
Assess the potential of mass timber in affordable housing developments in this informative webinar that covers innovative design strategies and techniques backed with real-world examples utilizing mass timber. Presentations by Terry Green, design principal of W+P | 19six Architects and Renee Funston, development manager for the Capitol Area Development Authority; Joe Swain, senior associate at Mithun. Scott and Molly Cutler, managers of Cutler Development offer practical analysis of affordable housing construction strategies.
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80 M Street
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Timber Above the City, Innovative Wood Solutions for Vertical Extensions
Explore how lightweight wood systems can be used for overbuilds. The webinar covers how adding density through additional floor area to existing buildings addresses the affordability and sustainability crisis that affects our urban environments. The presenters include Andrew Ruff, research director at Gray Organschi Architecture, Tom Corrado senior project designer at Hickok Cole Architects, and Randall Walter, architect and developer with Randall Walter Architecture.
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Mass Timber Building Enclosures
Modern mass timber construction strategies factor in design and performance considerations that support safety requirements, high performance, and architectural aesthetic goals. This webinar explores common details and building materials used for prefabricated mass timber enclosure assemblies. Presenters include Natalie Telewiak, principal of Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture, and Colin Shane, principal, building science specialist, and regional director for the U.S. West at RDH Building Science.
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Portland International Airport Main Terminal
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The Future Is Factory Built: The Ins and Outs of Off-Site Construction
Prefabrication and factory-built systems are allowing architects and designers to achieve efficiencies throughout the building process. Discover various off-site construction methods and which sustainability goals can be achieved through factory-built components in this webinar. Presenters include Matthew Krissel former partner of KieranTimberlake (now with CL3), Jonas Weber, associate at David Baker Architects, Matthew Laase, principal of Jackson Main, and Jared M. Revay, former senior project manager at Swinerton (now with Timberlab).
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University of Massachusetts
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Wood in Architecture: Education Design
If you’re in need of a framework for the practice and process of using wood structural systems to create exceptional learning environments, look no further than this webinar. Presenters include Tom Chung, principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates, JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox, partner at Mithun Architecture, and Rachel Himes, senior associate at Mithun Architecture.
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Complementary Systems: Innovative Design Strategies for Steel-Timber Hybrid Buildings
Discover how steel-timber hybrid construction often offers the best of both worlds, combining the strength, performance, and sustainability of two powerhouse materials. Take this webinar to explore the advantages wood and steel hybrid systems bring to buildings. Presenters include Thomas Robinson, founder and principal of LEVER Architecture, Dan Safarik, director, research and thought leadership at CTBUH, and Adam Jongeward, associate principal at DCI Engineers.
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