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Re-imagining timber symposium

Wed 3 Apr 2019

Timber is one of the oldest building materials in the world and, if sustainably grown, is an endlessly renewable and natural resource. It offers those who design, make and build with it countless benefits including material flexibility and innovation. For those who live, work or play in a timber building it brings greater health and wellbeing. However as a material, it can still be misunderstood.

The ‘Re-imagining Timber’ symposium explored pioneering research and development into the manufacture and use of timber through award-winning project case studies.

The symposium was an informative afternoon with inspirational talks from renowned makers, academics and architects including;

– Amin Taha, Groupwork
Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects
Alex de Rijke, dRMM
David Venables, American Hardwood Export Council
Professor Pekka Heikkinen, Wood Program Aalto University
Johannes Rebhahn, Wiehag


13.30 - 14.00

 Arrival, registration and coffee

14.00 - 14.10

Introduction to symposium and session 1 speakers



Session 1 - Pioneering research and development of timber


14.10 - 14.35

Prof. Pekka Heikkinen, Wood Architecture at Aalto University

14.35 - 15.00

 Johannes Rebhahn, Wiehag

15.00 - 15.25

David Venables, AHEC

15.25 - 15.35

 Speaker Q&A 

15.35 - 15.55

 Coffee break


Session 2 - Innovations in the design and use of timber


15.55 - 16.00

 Introduction to session 2 speakers

16.00 - 16.35

 Alex de Rijke, dRMM 

16.35 - 17.10

 Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects 

17.10 - 17.45

 Amin Taha, Groupwork Architects 

17.45 - 18.00

 Coffee break


Session 3 - Panel Discussion - what next for timber architecture?


18.00 - 18.35

 Panel discussion with all speakers, chaired by Alex de Rijke

18.35 - 19.00

Networking drinks reception 

18.35 - 19.00

Tour of the Forest of Fabrication exhibition with Alex de Rijke


This symposium is part of the Forest of Fabrication exhibition and events programme, curated by the Building Centre exhibitions team and dRMM, and supported by The Built Environment Trust


We would like to thank the headline sponsors of Forest of Fabrication Timber Trade FederationWood Campus and Wood For Good. Supported by American Hardwood Export CouncilB&K Structures, BinderholzEurbanJames LathamKLH UK,  MartinsonsSödraStora Enso and Wiehag.

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