Andrew Chad

Andrew Chad

Aspect Structural Engineers
Andrew is a founding Principal of Aspect Structural Engineers. He is at the forefront of the Mass Timber design movement in North America and his extensive career has allowed him to work alongside leading AEC industry professionals on a diverse range of buildings and specialty structures across most sectors. Much of his current portfolio is dedicated to prefabricated and modular approaches to structures, oftentimes employing timber or timber-hybrid solutions. Relying on his comprehensive understanding of structural materials and the art of construction, he constantly looks to improve upon existing systems, while regularly developing novel systems and approaches to structure.
Christoph Dünser

Christoph Dünser

HK Architects

Constant Evolution

Christoph Dünser was born and raised in the Vorarlberg region of Austria. He graduated in Architectural Studies from Technical University in Graz. In 1999 he joined Hermann Kaufmann Architekten. He has been the lead designer for a wide variety of innovative wood structures – from small, remote passive design residential structures using CLT to multi-family residential buildings to much larger commercial and institutional buildings. In 2018 Christoph along with Hermann Kaufmann, Stefan Hiebeler and Roland Wehinger founded HK Architects

Josh Hall

Josh Hall

Spearhead

spearhead.ca

Josh Hall is a Project Coordinator at Spearhead with over ten years of industry experience in digital fabrication and integrated project delivery practices. Experienced in both traditional and prefabricated forms of construction, his engagement on world-class projects—including the Aspen Art Museum by Shigeru Ban—has honed his knowledge of craft, digital fabrication, and advanced forms of project delivery. Josh holds a Bachelor of Architectural Science from the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he received the Architectural Mentors Award for Excellence as well as a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia.

Geoff Watts

Geoff Watts

Spearhead

www.spearhead.ca

An expert in advanced wood manufacturing, Geoff Watts brings 25-years of industry experience and passion to every project. The more challenging a problem is, the more he is drawn to it. Geoff’s enthusiasm for woodworking started during childhood under his father’s tutelage – eventually leading him to Italy, where he honed his skills at a window and door manufacturing plant. Geoff sees complex form projects as fun puzzles that require swift and immediate solving. His ingenuity has led him to managing Spearhead’s Computational Design and Technical Team.

Alexander Josephson

Alexander Josephson

Partisans

https://partisans.com

Alex Josephson co-founded PARTISANS in 2012 with Pooya Baktash, bringing a strong creative vision to the rapidly-growing architecture studio. He is known for his rigorous commitment to the design vision for PARTISANS’ work and his ingenuity in finding creative solutions, to complex design challenges. Alex is also a lecturer and core faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Daniels School of Architecture. As a registered architect in Ontario, he has received numerous accolades through the years.

Eric Karsh

Eric Karsh

Equilibrium Consulting / Katerra

M.Eng., P.Eng., StructEng., FIStructE, ing.

eqcanada.com

A Fellow of the Institute of Structural Engineers (UK), Eric is a founding partner of Equilibrium Consulting, a global leader in timber engineering and sustainability. Eric is also part owner of BC Passive House in Pemberton, BC, a pre-fabrication company specializing in quality, high energy performance panelized building systems. In 2018, Equilibrium joins Katerra, a company set to disrupt the global construction market through the vertical integration and technology. Central to all of Eric’s pursuits is a commitment to sustainability.

Oliver David Krieg

Oliver David Krieg

Intelligent City

www.intelligent-city.com

Presentation: Parametric Platforms for Urban Housing

Oliver David Krieg is an expert in computational design and digital fabrication in architecture. As Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Intelligent City in Vancouver, Canada, he is leading the technology development for computational design and digital manufacturing processes for a proprietary high-rise mass timber construction system. This is part of the company’s effort to provide transformative solutions for platform-based, sustainable and affordable urban housing.

Emily Hagen

Emily Hagen

Mithun

www.mithun.com | Seattle, WA, USA

Emily is a design architect who is passionate about, and has presented internationally on mass timber technology. She brings deep insight into research on conceptual prototypes for new models of construction and innovative use of timber technologies, specifically cross-laminated timber (CLT) in modular applications. At Mithun, Emily is currently working on a mix of mass timber projects ranging from industrial, multi family residential, and office uses, emphasizing the role of sustainable design to foster positive change.

Stefan Lindbäck

Stefan Lindbäck

Lindbäcks Group

Affordable and environmental friendly housing with architectural freedom, done in factory! Fake news?

Stefan is a 4th Generation owner of family company in industrialised building. The company develops, produces and delivers annually 2000+ turn-key apartments in 2-8 storeys made from highly prefabricated wood frame 3D units.

John Patkau

John Patkau

Patkau Architects

www.patkau.ca | Vancouver, BC, Canada

Presentation: Wood at Work & Play

John founded Patkau Architects with Patricia in 1978. He is responsible for directing the activities of the firm, and with Patricia, for providing design leadership throughout each project from inception to completion. John is one of North America’s foremost designers. His contributions to the practice of architecture have been recognized by numerous awards including the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal for lifetime achievement and Membership in the Order of Canada for significant contribution to Canadian culture.

Carol Phillips

Carol Phillips

Moriyama and Teshima

Carol Phillips is a partner at Moriyama and Teshima Architects, a renowned architecture firm celebrated for remarkable and innovative Canadian and international projects. Carol is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a member of the Markham and TCHC Design Review Panels. Carol leads award winning projects for the firm such as the Arbour for George Brown College, the Visitor Welcome Centre in Ottawa and the Mutifaith Centre for the University of Toronto. Her practice is increasingly focused on designing low-carbon solutions.

Oliver Rehm

Oliver Rehm

Baufritz Ltd.

My name is Oliver Rehm and I am managing director and co-founder and owner of UK based firm Baufritz UK Ltd, a specialist designer and building contractor of prefabricated ecological timber homes. Professionally I was trained in Germany as an architectural engineer and interior designer and I have over 15 years of experience of working with Baufritz providing sustainable, healthy and carbon neutral homes mainly for the private sector. We are part of the self-build revolution in Great Britain and our award- winning buildings have helped changing people’s mindset towards a greener way of living and building.

Krystle Seed

Krystle Seed

Kalesnikoff Mass Timber

kalesnikoff.com

Krystle Seed is Kalesnikoff’s Chief Financial Officer and part of the fourth generation to run the family-owned and operated company. Krystle was instrumental in securing funding to build Kalesnikoff’s $35 million industry-leading mass timber facility. Krystle manages the Kalesnikoff Cares initiative, which supports local initiatives, and volunteers as a board member with the Central Kootenay Community Futures.

Andrew Stiffman

Andrew Stiffman

Kalesnikoff Mass Timber

kalesnikoff.com | Castlegar, BC, Canada

Andrew Stiffman is the Director of Design and Construction for Kalesnikoff. He is also responsible for business development for Kalesnikoff’s recent expansion into fully-integrated mass timber supply and fabrication.

Judith Sheine

Judith Sheine

TallWood Design Institute

Judith Sheine, DPACSA is the Director of Design for the TallWood Design Institute and Professor of Architecture at the University Oregon. Her research has focused on the relationships between design and construction technologies and since 2008 she has worked in interdisciplinary collaborations with architecture and engineering faculty and students focused on mass timber products and systems. Sheine has published extensively on the work of architect R.M. Schindler and is an award winning architect whose projects have been published internationally.

Alin Ursu

Alin Ursu

CadMakers

Factory to Site: Tech Automation and Solutions to Enable Off-Site Construction

A structural engineer by trade, Alin spent the last 6 years with CadMakers leading the Virtual Construction department, being involved in a variety of mass timber projects. Prior to his time at CadMakers, Alin worked on site, managing various large construction projects in Europe and played a critical role in modeling complex construction projects using with AECOM, Montreal.

Jens Voshage

Jens Voshage

Cree Buildings

creebuildings.com  | Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria (BCIT)

Jens is an Architect and Digital Design Specialist with emphasis on sustainable design, performance analysis and BIM. After working with the CREE team in their Headquarter in Dornbirn, Austria for 3 years he relocated back to Vancouver and continues to be connected to CREE on a project basis. Jens is an adjunct faculty member at BCIT Architectural Science program. A focus of his work in teaching and practice is the interaction of climate, ecology, materials, comfort, and energy in design decision making.

NameCompanyTopic
Christoph DünserHK ArchitektenInnovation in Prefabricated Housing
Stefan LindbäckLindbäcks GroupInnovation in Prefabricated Housing
Oliver RehmBaufritz Ltd. Innovation in Prefabricated Housing
Carol PhilipsMoriyama and TeshimaInnovation in Institutional Buildings
Alex JosephsonPartisansInnovation in Institutional Buildings
John PatkauPatkau ArchitectsInnovation in Institutional Buildings
Geoff WattsSpearheadInnovation in Institutional Buildings
Jens VoshageCree SystemStart Ups and Disruption I
Oliver David KriegIntelligent CityStart Ups and Disruption I
Krystle Seed / Andrew StiffmanKalesnikoff LumberStart Ups and Disruption I
Alin UrsuCadMakersStart Ups and Disruption I
Michael GreenMGAStart Ups and Disruption II
Eric KarshEquilibriumStart Ups and Disruption II
Andrew ChadAspect Structural Engineers Start Ups and Disruption II
Emily HagenMithunStart Ups and Disruption II