EWPAA lecture taps into deep interest by students
ARECENT EWPAA presentation to Master’s students at the University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture and Built Environment tapped a deep well of interest in engineered wood systems by future building designers.
More than 40 students filled the classroom for a lecture by Dave Gover, CEO, Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia; most intend to introduce the principles of the presentation to their Master’s thesis.
“The feedback from the students was exciting,” said Rebecca Whan, a university lecturer who helped coordinate the student program.
“Dave presented a thorough overview of new wood technology, products and systems, a lot of which had not been experienced before by the students.”
Ms Whan said this new awareness meant students would start to incorporate more engineered wood technology in their future building designs.”
She hoped the EWPAA lecture would be an annual presentation at the university and added: “If you look around the NSW central coast and Hunter region, there are many examples of engineered wood structures, with new projects opening both for commercial and prefabricated mid-rise residential.”
Rebecca, an associate at Jackson Teece Architects, Newcastle, has more than 10 years’ experience in architecture and has successfully delivered projects in the residential sector through to commercial and aged care projects. She lectures and tutors design and communications at the University of Newcastle and also sits on the local Institute of Architects committee.
Dave was introduced to students by Professor Michael Chapman, Masters of Architecture program convener at the university’s faculty of engineering.
Professor Chapman said interest in EWPs was ramping up; everyone seemed to be talking about timber in construction, particularly light weight prefab in mid-rise applications.
Georgios Anagnostou, a senior associate with Jackson Teece in
Sydney who also helped coordinate the EWPAA lecture in Newcastle, leaves next week for an engineered wood study mission to Japan as part of a Gottstein Trust fellowship.
Closer integration of architectural design and engineering wood systems will be a driving theme of the mission.
“The increased use and application of timber engineering technologies and products demands that designers and architects understand the potential and limitation of such technologies,” Mr Anagnostou said.
“Japan has a long history of timber architecture and construction rooted in traditional carpentry and joinery,” he said.
“This profound understanding of designing with timber has influenced architects worldwide until this day.”
Mr Anagnostou is actively involved in the timber design industry (architecture and engineering). He is currently involved with the design and construction of a significant timber/ CLT building and intends to further promote the use of timber construction in future projects.
The Gottstein fellowship will give him the opportunity to contribute to this sector and help create a closer connection between craft/ trade engineering and structural and architectural design.
In Tokyo, Mr Anagnostou will meet with a Japanese associate who will open doors to some of the city’s key architectural offices before visiting a graduate school of architecture and engineering and a meeting with representatives of the Japan Federation of Wood Industry Associations.
“Interestingly, I am catching up with a Canadian who has completed a course in traditional Japanese carpentry and has established his own company there,” Mr Anagnostou said.
“Increased use of timber engineering technologies and products demands that designers and architects understand the potential and limitation of such technologies”
■ Dave Gover discusses engineered wood systems with architectural students at the University of Newcastle. Looking on are Rebecca Whan, university lecturer (left) and Professor Michael Chapman, Masters of Architecture program convener, faculty of engineering.