Archive 2015

Gregory R. Kingsley (USA)
PhD, PE, Peng
KL&A Inc. Structural engineers and builders

Aspen Art Museum – Creating Innovative Wood Structure
Dr. Gregory Kingsley is President and CEO of KL&A Inc., Structural Engineers and Builders. KL&A is known for innovation in design and project delivery, and has been recognized consistently as one of the top 10 structural engineering firms to work for in the U.S. Dr. Kingsley is known for enthusiastic and creative collaboration with design architects, and has served as engineer of record and/or principal in charge on numerous projects around the country.
The Aspen Art Museum, designed by architect Shigeru Ban, includes a long-span three-dimensional wood space-frame roof. Ban’s charge was to create a wood space frame with spans of more than 50 feet and cantilevers of 14 feet, in a structural depth of 3 feet. This case study presentation will describe the design and construction of the wood structure, including paths explored but not chosen for the final design.

Olin Bartlome (CH)

Acoustic solutions for wooden intermediate floors
Olin Bartlomé was trained as a cabinet-maker in Switzerland before studying timber engineering at the Berne University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and industrial design at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain. For two and a half years he worked in Switzerland as project leader and development engineer with Pavatex. Inter alia he was responsible for the development of the sustainable internal wall insulation product ‹Pavadentro› during this time, a product that was awarded in 2006 by the Federal Office for the Environment FOEN with the first prize. In January 2008 he became Technical Manger for Natural Building Technologies in the UK. The development and optimizing of building systems and consultancy for large construction sites were his main tasks there. Continuing as an engineering consultant for NBT, Olin joined the technical team of Lignum Zurich in June 2009 where he worked predominantly as project leader for the joint research project ‹Sound insulation in timber construction› and was the leader of the sustainable construction department. Alongside he supports Switzerland Global Enterprise as an engineering consultant and supports the UN in the fields of sustainable and innovative construction and wood. Since 2011 he is an executive member of the European expert group ‹Construction› of CEI-Bois in Brussels. In summer 2012 Olin Bartlomé was elected to the board of examiners of the Berne University of Applied Sciences and in January 2013 he became president of Swiss Timber Engineers STE. Since 2013 he is on the supervisory board of the Zimmereigenossenschaft Zurich and is the Chairman since 2014. Starting from 2015 Olin works in SWISS-PROPERTY as head of technology management and head of design.

Nils Ivar Bovim (NOR)
Norwegian University of Life Science / Lett-Tak Systems

„Long span timber structures with composite action – from disaster to success”
Nils Ivar Bovim has a long experience as an assistant professor in the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in the department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology, where he has been responsible for teaching timber engineering and structural analysis. In addition he has been working with many important timber construction projects as a consulting engineer, among them the rebuilding of the roof structure of the Oslo Cathedral. Today Nils Ivar is working with long span light roof panels based on a composite action of wood and steel at a Norwegian company Lett-Tak Systems. The panels can have a span of up to 18m an have been used in the extension of the Gardermoen airport and Swedbank Arena in Stockholm.

Olavi Koponen (FIN)
R2K architectes

„The buildings and our senses; the complicated system of public works nowadays”
There are different ways looking architecture, relation of manmade structure and the nature, a human and the nature. Most of it is in genes. In Norway or in Finland best architects can understand this, a human as a part of nature, and they could turn it to architecture. In this vision, architecture, the building is not the focal point, it´s nature; architecture just create the situation, or just turns the attention of a human to the surroundings, not to the building and the building is a comfortable place to Cather and get touch to the whole creation around us and mental state to get connected to one´s soul and eternity. Like a fireplace in the nature, which people selected, because it´s so nice. And this is a phenomena which is lost elsewhere, also in central Europe. »
Studies: Moscow 1979-81, 1983-1993 Tampere technical university
Works published in over 20 countries
Venice biennale 2004 ja 2006
Milano triennale 2006
Woodprice 2007
Festival de creativita, Firenze 2007
Salon interior, Moskova 2007
Professor of art (Finnish council of arts) 2008-2013
Kehäkukka, award for the quality in construction, Vantaa 2008

Teemu Hirvilammi (FIN)
Tampere University of Technology

„Some aspects of traditional wood architecture (to inspire contemporary architecture)”

Christoph Dünser (AT)
Architekten Hermann Kaufmann ZT GmbH

”Hybrid timber construction”

1976–1981 Primary School, Bregenz
1981–1990 High School, Mehrerau
1991–1998 Architectural Studies at Technical University, Graz

– IZM Illwerke Zentrum, Montafon
– LCT ONE, Dornbirn
– Am Garnmarkt, Götzis
– Shopping Center, Lustenauerstraße, Hohenems
– Interpark Focus Innovation Center
– Residential Complex Kammelweg, Wien
– Sutterlüty City-Park, Dornbirn
– Residential Complex Mühlweg, Wien

Gerhard Schickhofer (AT)
Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn.
Graz University of Technology

„Came to stay…and not going to leave – Comeback of timber in fast growing cities with CLT_pre_fab_solutions”
Prof. Schickhofer studied civil engineering at Graz University of Technology and graduated with distinction in 1990 (diploma) and 1994 (doctorate). For his research work he has received different awards (e.g. Josef-Umdasch-Award for his doctoral thesis on “Cross-Laminated Timber” in 1995, the Research Funding Association Award in the area “added value” also for “Cross-Laminated-Timber“ in 1998 and the European Innovation Award for the project “Tanno meets Gemini” in 2004), in his field of activity he has published more than 200 publications and given numerous speeches (see In 1999 he habilitated and became an associate professor, between 2002 and 2012 he was manager and scientific director of the Competence Centre “holz.bau forschungs gmbh”. In 2004 he was appointed to a professorship and became the head of the Institute of Timber Engineering and Wood Technology at Graz University of Technology. During his career Prof. Schickhofer has been responsible for a multitude of R&D projects with an overall budget of more than 14 million euros, was involved in transfer activities in form of conferences, workshops and seminars, and has supervised 147 diploma theses (thereof 51 on CLT) and numerous doctoral theses. Between 2008 and 2011 he also carried out successfully the duties of a deputy dean at the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

Johanna Süß, Karolin Kreutzer, Julia I. M. Rings (DE)
Müncheni Tehnikaülikooli tudengid

„Design Build Studio Tanzania”
Johanna Süß is a student of architecture at the Technical University Munich with the core area „timber construction“. During her bachelor degree (graduation 2013) she studied for a year at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the ERASMUS scholarship. At the moment she is working with her master thesis and also working as a student trainee at Rudolf&Sohn architects.
In March 2015 and August/September 2014 she spent in total 16 weeks in Kibwigwa, Tanzania, to help construct and coordinate the building site for a school assembly hall. The project, she and 7 other students were designing and detailing for half a year, was published in several journals and even got an appreciation at the „Förderpreis des Deutschen Holzbaus“.

Karolin Kreutzer
Karolina Kreutzer is an architecture student at the Technical University Munich since 2009 and has been working at Auer Weber Architekten since 2014. In 2014 she took part of the Design Build Studio Tanzania. She’s currently working on her Master’s Thesis at the chair of urbanism of Prof. Wolfrum.

Julia I. M. Rings
(Nickl & Partner Architekten)

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from RWTH Aachen University J. Rings decided to continue her studies at the Technical University of Munich with the focus on sustainable building technologies. During this graduate program she studied a year abroad at the University of Illinois where she worked on several research projects focusing on sustainability in the building environment. Back in Germany Rings started off the Design Build Studio Tanzania and participated until the end of the first building session in Africa. She received her master’s degree in April 2015, the thesis included a timber construction also in cooperation with Prof. Hermann Kaufmann.

Hauke Burkart (NO)
Norwegian Public Roads Administration

„Experience from modern timber bridge building”
Originaalpealkiri: „Experiences from modern timber bridge building”
Hauke Burkart has a master in civil engineering from Trondheim and has worked for the past 7 years with timber bridges in the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, doing inspection, planning and design, construction management and standardization work. Modern Timber bridges in Norway were constructed from the mid 90’s by using slotted steel plates. This was the start of a new era for wooden structures, although knowledge, especially on design, has evolved ever since the first modern bridge, making bridge design different from the established concepts on how to build concrete and steel structures.

Peter McCurdy (UK)
McCURDY & Co. Ltd

„The reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – A Celebration of Craftsmanship in Wood”
Peter McCurdy, designer-craftsman in the conservation of historic timber framed buildings, is renowned for his reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Trained in architecture and furniture making, in 1979 Peter founded McCurdy & Co, a company of craftsmen specialising in historic timber framed buildings. Peter has directed conservation and reconstruction projects on a diverse range of historic timber buildings and monuments mainly in the UK but also in Europe and North America.
With his interest in historic timber buildings Peter has travelled widely, is a member of various timber organizations including the ICOMOS International Wood Committee and lectures on timber repair courses including the International Wood Conservation Course in Norway.
Peter’s experience in reconstructing the Globe theatre in London has led to his involvement in other international initiatives to reconstruct Globe theatres. Since 2009 Peter has been working on a project to recreate an English Globe theatre in Brazil.

Ervins Krauklis (LV)
Passive House Latvia
Architect, Certified Passive House Designer

„Three Timber Frame Passive Houses In Latvia”
Ervins is one of the pioneers of passive house movement in Latvia and the Baltics. Since 2006, when he got passionate about the passive house concept, the country’s first passive house (2007-2009) and first certified passive house (2011-2013) are built, two large scale EnerPHit refurbishments of public buildings are finished, showing outstanding comfort and efficiency. His work is marked with three national Building energy efficiency awards (2010, 2011, 2013), Latvian Building sustainability award (2013) and Isover Energy Efficiency Awards (2011, 2013). Ervins received national Wooden architecture award in 2008. He is guest lecturer at both architectural schools in Latvia, CEPH course provider and trainer, Tradesperson course trainer, presenter at International Passive House Conferences (Dresden 2010, Innsbruck 2011, Frankfurt 2013, Aachen 2014) and numerous other events. Ervins loves to spend time in the country house with his family, carpenter’s work, wooden buildings, thoughtful architecture, detailed design, passive house concept and good people.

Jaan Tiidemann
Estonian Academy of Arts

„Pedaspea 10”
Jaan is an architect who’s creation is connected with research and teaching at the Estonian Academy of Arts. For the last ten years he has been supervising the wood construction workshop of architecture students. During the workshop all students design a small object, of which one is built to Pedaspea where there are now nine different objects. The presentation introduces what, how and who have learned from the process.