A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted, day-long educational event on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Mass timber represents a rapidly advancing technology that can be utilized as an alternative to steel and concrete to frame a variety of mid- and high-rise building types. At WoodWorks’ Wood Design Symposium in Washington, DC, experts who have worked with these materials and completed projects in the US will share their knowledge and experience. After the conference, stay for the on-site reception … it’s a great chance to ask questions and discuss ideas with exhibitors, speakers, WoodWorks staff, and other attendees.


Who should attend?

  • architects
  • structural engineers
  • building owners/developers
  • contractors/framers
  • code officials
  • anyone interested in the possibilities and performance of mass timber building systems

Why spend your day with us?

This symposium will help you develop the expertise & industry connections you need to successfully design & construct mass timber buildings. You’ll leave with practical information you can apply to projects, and the knowledge to use wood in exciting new ways.
Choose from two education tracks—Mass Timber Design Topics & Products and Projects—and sessions that include:

  • The Mass Timber Revolution: Removing Obstacles, Breaking Ground
  • The Mass Timber Prospective: Tall Wood, Code Changes and Forest Resource Impacts
  • Correcting Misperceptions of CLT Fire Performance
  • Massive but Lean: How Design + Construction Efficiency Led One Mass Timber Project to Success
  • Cross-Laminated Timber in the Capital: Washington Latin Public Charter School Gym
  • Big Timber in the Big Apple: NYC’s first Modern Mass Timber Projects
  • Urban Solutions for a Global Carbon Challenge: Timber City
  • Designing with Glulam and Timber: The Art of Engineering Really Cool Structures
  • Enclosure Design for Mass Timber Buildings
  • TallWood House at Brock Commons: Prefabricated Timber at its Peak

Innovation + design fundamentals – Choose up to 6 seminars from 10 unique sessions.

Product information – Meet leading manufacturers and related suppliers at the industry exhibit showcase.

One-on-one assistance – Meet with WoodWorks staff and other experts. Bring your questions! WoodWorks provides free project support across the U.S. (See below.)

Education credits – Earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits or 0.55 ICC credits.

Date & Time:
October 18, 2018
8:00 am – 4:45 pm
7:30 am Registration/ exhibit hall opens
4:45 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Georgetown University Conference Center
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Washington, DC 20057
Cost (including lunch and reception):
$90 early bird rate through September 20
$120 standard rate starting September 21

Visit woodworks.org for seminar descriptions and speaker bios.
Follow us on Twitter for event updates. #woodsolutionsfair

Questions? Contact LeeAnn Charpentier.

Testimonials from recent events:

This is my second event with WoodWorks, both times coinciding with upcoming changes to code cycles. It helped me to better understand regulatory impacts on my work and pass on valuable insight to design teams. I will continue to attend symposiums as the need arises, I see great value in these events that I can pass on to my clients. ~ Wood Design Symposium Attendee, July 2018 2018

“The multi-choice, multi-speaker and exhibitor format is excellent and keeps attendees fresh and engaged.” ~ Building Official, May 2018

Additional Free Resources Offered by WoodWorks:

WoodWorks offers many resources to AECs in addition to signature events, face-to-face workshops and lunch seminars across the US.  Our website includes case studies, design examples, “ask an expert” tips, webinars, CE courses, online calculators, and more.

Ask An Expert:
Question: Why does wood framing shrink? How can shrinkage in multi-story wood structures be minimized and accommodated? Get the Answer >> http://bit.ly/2LYVJO7

Case Study:
Wood framing creates inspirational work environments that are code compliant, cost effective & sustainable. Check out this case study: breaking convention with wood offices >> https://goo.gl/PPHQ3v

Designing a wood building? Ask us anything.

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council provides free technical support as well as education and resources related to the code-compliant design of commercial and multi-family wood buildings.

  • Allowable heights and areas/construction types
  • Structural detailing of wood-frame and hybrid material systems
  • Design and detailing for moisture
  • Fire resistance and acoustical-rated assemblies
  • Efficient + code-compliant lateral system design
  • Alternate means of code compliance
  • Energy-efficient detailing

For project support in the Mid-Atlantic US, contact:

Terry Pattillo, AIA
Regional Director | DC, DE, MD, NJ, OH, PA, WV, VA
(919) 995-6672

A licensed architect, Terry is responsible for providing technical support to design professionals in the Mid-Atlantic states. He has worked on a wide range of building projects throughout the US, including commercial developments, mid-rise construction, shopping centers and other retail, resorts, schools, convention centers and restaurants.

Looking for assistance in a different region?

Contact a regional director near you or email help@woodworks.org.​