Andrew ChadAspect Structural Engineers
Ilana DanzigAspect Structural Engineers
Christoph DünserHK Architects
Michael GreenMichael Green Architecture
Eric KarshEquilibrium Consulting / Katerra
Oliver David KriegIntelligent City
Stefan LindbäckLindbäcks Group
John PatkauPatkau Architects
Carol PhillipsMoriyama and Teshima
Oliver RehmBaufritz Ltd.
Krystle SeedKalesnikoff Mass Timber
Andrew StiffmanKalesnikoff Mass Timber
Judith SheineTallWood Design Institute
Jens VoshageCree Buildings
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.
Ilana is an associate at Aspect Structural Engineers with a background in timber structures in high seismic regions. With over a decade of structural engineering experience, Ilana has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada including the Audain Art Museum, the Oregon State University College of Forestry, and Tallwood 1, one of the first 12 storey mass timber EMTC buildings. Ilana is currently working with Mithun and Forterra NW in developing a volumetric modular CLT system for midrise and high rise buildings.
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
Michael is an award-winning architect known for his research, leadership, and advocacy in promoting the use of wood, new technology, and innovation in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his TED talk, ‘Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.’
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Michael founded MGA to create meaningful and sustainable change in building through innovation in construction sciences and design. MGA is ambitiously extending the boundaries of mass timber construction, having completed some of the largest modern timber buildings in the world, including the Wood Innovation Design Centre and T3 Minneapolis. Michael is also the founder of DBR | Design Build Research and TOE | Timber Online Education, a non-profit school and research platform dedicated to teaching the design and construction of student-led installations, with a focus on systemic change in building for climate, environment, disaster, and global shelter needs.
Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and has been honoured with North America’s most prestigious awards, including two RAIC Innovation Awards and four Governor General’s Medals. He is the co-author of the first and second editions of ‘The Case for Tall Wood Buildings’ and ‘Tall Wood Buildings: Design, Construction and Performance.’
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.
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.
www.mithun.com | Seattle, WA, USA
As an architect, Rachel’s interests in the design industry have centered around creating sustainable, aspirational designs through innovative construction typologies. With experience in both steel framed and mass timber volumetric modular projects, she has an interest in advancing the efficiency and sustainability of construction through prefabrication methods. While at Mithun, she has worked in partnership with Forterra NW to develop a sustainable urban development model for volumetric modular mass timber attainable housing.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
|Christoph Dünser||HK Architekten||Innovation in Prefabricated Housing|
|Stefan Lindbäck||Lindbäcks Group||Innovation in Prefabricated Housing|
|Oliver Rehm||Baufritz Ltd.||Innovation in Prefabricated Housing|
|Carol Philips||Moriyama and Teshima||Innovation in Institutional Buildings|
|Alex Josephson||Partisans||Innovation in Institutional Buildings|
|John Patkau||Patkau Architects||Innovation in Institutional Buildings|
|Geoff Watts||Spearhead||Innovation in Institutional Buildings|
|Jens Voshage||Cree System||Start Ups and Disruption I|
|Oliver David Krieg||Intelligent City||Start Ups and Disruption I|
|Krystle Seed / Andrew Stiffman||Kalesnikoff Lumber||Start Ups and Disruption I|
|Alin Ursu||CadMakers||Start Ups and Disruption I|
|Michael Green||MGA||Start Ups and Disruption II|
|Eric Karsh||Equilibrium||Start Ups and Disruption II|
|Andrew Chad / Ilana Danzig||Aspect Structural Engineers||Start Ups and Disruption II|
|Rachel Himes||Mithun||Start Ups and Disruption II|