EWPAA lec­ture taps into deep in­ter­est by stu­dents

Australasian Timber - - LEARNING -

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.

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