2018 World Conference
on Timber Engineering

Aug. 20-23, 2018 Seoul, Rep. of Korea
Keynote Lecture

Andrew Waugh

Director and Architect, Waugh Thistleton Architects, UK

Title : Construction Revolution

Date : Aug 22, 2018

Andrew is a founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a world leading architecture practice in the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT). Over the last 20 years Andrew has worked on award winning schemes from cinemas to synagogues, social housing to shopping centres.

A dedicated advocate of timber construction Andrew encourages clients to look at the feasibility and benefits of new technologies and innovative methods of construction. He was responsible for the pioneering Stadhaus, the first urban housing project to be constructed entirely from prefabricated solid timber for which he was awarded the RIBA President's Medal for Research, and Dalston Works, the world's largest CLT residential building, completed in 2017.

Waugh Thistleton Architects recently won the World Architecture Festival Best Completed Religious Building award for their design of Bushey Cemetery in north London. The congregation halls, formed of rammed earth, were commended for their sensitivity to the surrounding environment and the ceremony and tradition of the Jewish faith.

Driven by a passion for sustainable design Andrew continues to research from within the practice. He lectures across the world with a focus on sustainability, timber construction and the future of architecture.

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Professor Emeritus, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Title : Rebuilding a City in Structural Timber after a Major Earthquake

Date : Aug 20, 2018


This paper describes the opportunities and the difficulties of using timber as a major structural material in the rebuilding of Christchurch after a severe earthquake. The timber industry in New Zealand is described briefly, including new developments and new timber systems, before and after the major Christchurch earthquake of 2011. The first few timber buildings resulted in a reaction from suppliers and designers of traditional building materials, leading to some disappointment in the timber industry. It is not easy to change the culture of a building industry with a few good ideas. The paper describes the lessons learned, including the need to get research results out quickly, to educate designers and get industry ready to grow, with large investment needed in the manufacturing capability for rapid pre-fabrication of timber buildings.

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Dr. Andy Buchanan is a structural engineer with special interests in timber engineering, fire safety and earthquake engineering. He is Professor Emeritus in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, after retirement from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He remains active with PTL Structural Timber Consultants. His main interests are structural design, fire safety and seismic performance of multi-storey post-tensioned timber buildings. His current research is supporting the construction of innovative timber buildings in Australia and New Zealand, including the rebuild of Christchurch after recent devastating earthquakes.

Andy has a B.E.(Honours) degree from the University of Canterbury (1970), a Masters degree from the University of California at Berkeley (1972), and a Ph.D from the University of British Columbia, Canada (1984).

Before and after joining the University of Canterbury in 1987, he has been a consulting engineer in private practice, involved in structural design of a wide range of buildings. He has wide experience with conservation groups, the timber industry, and the building construction industry.

He is the author of Structural Design for Fire Safety (John Wiley & Sons, 2017) and the New Zealand Timber Design Guide (2007). He is past President of the New Zealand Timber Design Society, and until recently the Research Director of the Structural Timber Innovation Company Ltd.

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Kengo Kuma, Ph.D.



Date : Aug 23, 2018

Kengo Kuma was born in 1954. He completed his master's degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. After studying at Columbia University as Visiting Scholar, he established Kengo Kuma & Associates 1990. In 2009, he was installed as Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Tokyo.

Among Kuma's major works are Water/Glass (1995, received AIA Benedictus Award), Stage in Forest, Toyoma Center for Performance Arts (received 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award). Recent works include Kabukiza (2013), Besancon Arts and Culture Center and FRAC Marseilles (France). .

Kuma has also written numerous books, including Anti-Object, translated into English, and most of his latest titles - A Natural Architecture, A Small Architecture - have been published Chinese and Korean and gaining wide readership from around the world.

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