2018 World Conference
on Timber Engineering

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

Bong-ryol KIM

President of Korea National University of Arts

Title : Structure and Space: History of Korean Timber Buildings

Date : Aug 20, 2018

-Ph.D in Engineering from Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University
-Director of Korean Association of Architectural History (KAAH)
-Secretary General of ICOMOS Korea
-Chairperson of Architecture Subcommittee of Cultural Heritage Committee
-President of Korea National University of Arts

[Architecture of Korea-Traditional Architecture]
[Kim Bong-ryol's Korean Architecture Stories 1, 2, 3]
[Places I Want to Go, Places I Want To Stay 1, 2]
[The Secret Spirits in Korean Architecture] (London)

-Samcheongjang, presidential guesthouse
-Guesthouse of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co.
-Memorial Pavilion of Amorepacific
-Koreanische Garten im Frankfurt
-LA Korean Garden

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Andrew WAUGH

Director and Architect, Waugh Thistleton Architects, UK

Title : Construction Revolution

Date : Aug 20, 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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Haiqing REN

Professor, Chinese Academy of Forestry, China

Title : Timber Structures in China

Date : Aug 21, 2018


Firstly, This presentation introduces the history of the development of timber structures in China, as well as recent research achievements and standard system of modern timber. Then, based on analyzing the pros and cons of Chinese wood resources, the acceptance of wood structures by Chinese people, manufacturing cost, and the government's policies on promoting the development of wooden buildings, the presentation points out the opportunities and challenges for China to develop modern timber structures. In the last, by analyzing the current timber structures' industry and market, the presentation outlines the development prospects of China's timber structure.

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Prof. Haiqing Ren, supervisor of PhD, received her PhD in Wood science and Technology in 1999 at Chinese Academy of Forestry. As director of the Department of Wood Mechanics and Timber Structure of Research Institute of Wood Industry, she was involved in studying activity in the Wood Mechanical and Wood Structure Engineering. She is the secretary of the National Technical Committee 41 on Timber of Standardization Administrator of China, vice chairman of subcommittee of structural timber. She had managed and participated in more than 20 subject research including Key Projects in the National Science &Technology Pillar Program during the 10th11th12th Five-Year Plan period, Key Projects in National Development Program during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, Forestry industry research special funds for public welfare projects, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. She was awarded the first prize for National Scientific and Technological Progress in 2007, the second prize for Liang Xi Forestry Science and Technology in 2009 and 2016, the persons of Provincial Talents Engineering, and the second prize for Beijing Scientific and Technological Progress in 2015.

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Principal, PTL Structural Consultants, New Zealand

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

Date : Aug 21, 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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Principal, Equilibrium Consulting, Vancouver, Canada

Title : Inside-OUT

Date : Aug 22, 2018


Mass Timber is becoming chic from Ahmedabad to Arkansas. Inside-OUT presents the internal and external pressures on a designer working in Asia, the Americas and Europe. Inside driven changes clash with outside forces creating a constantly changing dynamic ring of innovation.
Creativity is a necessity when the pressure to change from within is meets powerful economic forces of massive investment and rapid industry changes. Operating in this sink or swim reality is as much exciting as it is scary.
Designers, researchers, investors and government officials considering Mass Timber will learn about major disruptive forces that are getting ready to burst just beyond the horizon. The fear of this unknown future can be replaced with excitement and energy -IF WE MANAGE TO BE READY.

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Robert belongs to a rare breed of university-trained, specialized timber engineers. He studied at UBC in Vancouver under a world-renowned professor and practicing engineer, Borg Madsen, inventor of the timber rivet.

In 1997, Robert co-founded Equilibrium Consulting, a structural engineering design firm, and in 2012, BC Passive House, a manufacturer of passive house prefabricated elements. Throughout his career, Robert has worked on many award-winning projects such as the Art Gallery of Ontario with Frank Gehry and Terrace House in Vancouver with Shigeru Ban.

Robert is committed to sustainability and energy performance and lives between Vancouver and Whistler in mass timber prefabricated Passive House buildings. His current projects span many different countries and include Korea, China, India, USA, Canada and Belgium.

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Kengo KUMA



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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