Why Timber is the Construction Material of the 21st Century

Ryan E. Smith

Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Utah

Friday, October 20, 2017 | 4:00pm - 6:30pm

The College of Natural Resources welcomed Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, to deliver the 2017 S.J. Hall Lecture.

We are experiencing a wood construction revival. Steel and concrete were the material innovations of the industrial revolution. Wood, used to build houses for centuries, is the commercial construction innovation of the 21st century. Long valued for its affordability, timber is being embraced by building developers due to recent advances in engineered wood products, robotic machine manufacturing, and wood's inherent environmental benefits. The 2017 SJ Hall Lecture features Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah who speaks on increasing the value of under utilized timber through the development of innovative wood products for the construction market.

Established in 1969, the S. J. Hall Lecture brings leading observers of the forestry sector to speak to the campus community and the public on topics concerning industrial forestry.

Presented during Homecoming Weekend, this public lecture is an intriguing learning and networking opportunity for Berkeley alumni, parents, students and community members.

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