Parsons School of Design and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council (BSLC) are pleased to announce the third biannual conference on the use of timber in cities as an architectural material. The organizers invite architects, engineers, urbanisists, researchers, students and professionals from allied fields to attend and participate in the discourse around building with mass timber in cities.

Timber has the potential to play a vital role in the design and creation of healthy and vibrant urban space on a large scale. This conference will look critically at the current use of mass timber and speculate on the opportunities that the material brings to architecture and urbanism. With voices from multiple disciplines, the goal is to build upon the present discourse around mass timber with an inquiry about the implications for architecture and design; health and material research; and global urbanization and climate change. The conference runs in parallel with the Timber in the City 3 Student Design Competition.


October 4, from 6pm – 8pm

October 5, from 10am – 8pm


Oct. 4th, 2018 from 6-8pm

6pm: Opening Keynote
Andrew Waugh, Waugh, Thistleton Architects Reception

Oct. 5th, 2018 from 10am-8pm

10am-12pm: Session 1: Timber Opportunities Today
Moderated by Andy Bernheimer, Parsons School of Design

This first session sets the stage for the day’s events by combining a discussion of the broader role of forests and trees to the environment with the latest in timber technological developments.

Michelle Roelofs, Arup NY
Tom Chung, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

1pm-3pm: Session 2: Healthy Living Timber
Moderated by Mark Gardner, Parsons School of Design

This second session looks carefully at the health benefits and concerns of architecture realized with mass timber, examining the impacts on the body and mind.

Merritt Bucholz, Bucholz McEvoy Architects
Alison Mears, Parsons School of Design
Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

3:30pm-5:30pm: Session 3: Vibrant Timber Cities
Moderated by TBD

This final session examines the future of cities imagined and realized through timber architecture to meet global urbanization.

Chris Sitzenstock, Sidewalk Labs
David Linehan, Lotus Equity
Todd Snapp, Perkins+Will Chicago

6pm: Closing Keynote


7:30pm: Reception