Next month, the AIA National Convention is coming to Chicago – bringing together the best and brightest building professionals to network, and learn about growing trends in the architecture industry. If you haven’t booked your ticket already, here is a chance to attend the event free of charge!
reThink Wood is offering a full pre-paid pass to the AIA National Convention ($945 value) to one lucky ArchDaily reader. The winner will also be able to meet with architects on site that are passionate about innovative design with wood in mid-rise, and even high-rise projects.
To win, just answer the following question in the comments section before May 21 12:00PM EST: What architect(s) are doing the most interesting work with wood today?
As part of their attendance at AIA, reThink Wood will have experts on site like Benton Johnson, Associate of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, to discuss how wood framing is impacting sustainable design in cities, exploring implications for the industry as this expands in North America. Attendees are invited to personally meet with Benton and other experts during “office hours” at reThink Wood’s booth (#1026), and attend educational presentations during the conference.
reThink Wood events taking place at its booth (#1026) throughout the convention include:
- Mid-Rise and Beyond: The Growing Landscape for Mid-Rise and Taller Wood Buildings
- Earn 1 CE Credit
- Scott Breneman, Senior Technical Director – WoodWorks
- Friday June 27 – 10:30-11:30am
- CES Theatre
- This session will offer attendees an overview of the structural systems, design strategies, and code paths that are helping to expand the use of wood framing in mid-rise construction including case studies from around North America, and a look at other taller wood buildings around the world and research and development underway to increase wood building heights to 30 or more stories within a generation.
- TH403 – Net-positive Design: Creating Regenerative Buildings and Communities
- Earn 1/4 CE Credit
- Alberto Cayuela, LEED AP, PE - Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, University of British Columbia
- Kathy Wardle, LEED AP BD+C - Perkins+Will
- Thursday, June 26 – 6:00‐1:30 pm
- McCormick Place
- How do architects address the fact that each building they design, no matter how green, has an environmental impact? The only way is to create structures that give as much as they take. Regenerative design moves beyond net-zero to net-positive, in which a structure is a living, breathing laboratory that conserves more than it consumes, improving its surroundings rather than impacting them. Using a real-world example with two years of operational data, this session will explore the philosophies of regenerative design and how project teams can approach restorative goals from concept to product selection, implementation, and measurement.
- FR107 - Timber Structures and Sustainable City Design
- Earn 1/4 CE Credit
- Benton Johnson, PE SE - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
- Kevin Rodenkirch, AIA, LEED AP - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
- Friday, June 27 – 7:00am-8:00am
- McCormick Place
- This session will outline the technologies and practices allowing for these structures and how the use of wood framing is impacting and enhancing design of tall buildings. Speakers will explore North American implications via the recently completed Timber Tower Research Project, in which an existing 42-story building in Chicago was redesigned and reevaluated with a wood structure that not only competes structurally and functionally, with concrete and steel, but also boasts a 60% to 75% smaller carbon footprint.
Remember, to enter to win your AIA Pass, just answer the following question in the comments section before May 21 12:00PM EST: What architect(s) are doing the most interesting work with wood today?