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CAP Collaboration Series: The Wood Revolution: Inspiring Architecture with Innovative Structural Systems with WoodWorks

Join our Corporate Allied Partner WoodWorks for an hour long Continuing Education class on innovative wood structural systems.

Course Description

There is a quiet revolution going on in Europe and Canada—a revolution that will likely change the way architects here view structural wood building systems. As a structural building component, wood offers many environmental benefits, including the ability to maximize carbon storage and minimize carbon dioxide emissions associated with the design, construction and operation of buildings. Architects in Europe are already using “massive timber” design principles and techniques to take advantage of wood’s carbon benefits, driving positive change through the power of wood design. However, these techniques are not yet widely used in the U.S. This presentation will connect structure with architecture by introducing a variety of innovative structural wood products and systems. Case study examples of innovative projects in Canada, New Zealand and Europe will also be used to demonstrate how to use and apply these products and systems. Make no mistake—these examples are not your grandfather’s traditional heavy-timber-style buildings. These are creative, imaginative structures designed to take advantage of wood’s environmental and structural benefits. By showing how architects in Europe and Canada are pushing the boundaries, we hope to help architects here gain inspiration to blend structure back into architecture using mass timber and other wood systems.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about new and innovative heavy timber and mass timber structural systems, and how they can be used as an expression of architecture.
  • Improve understanding of the carbon benefits of timber products and other sustainable motivations for the wood revolution.
  • Relate concepts of innovative wood building products and systems with their possible application and use in everyday structures.
  • Become familiar with structural wood building design trends in Europe, US, Canada and elsewhere in the world.

$10 for AIA Members
$40 for Non-Members

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Special thanks to our Corporate Allied Partner: WoodWorks for presenting this class and their partnership!



June 23, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Price
$10 - $40
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938