Third Biannual Conference for Timber In The City 10/4- 10/5

Parsons School of Design invites you to New York City this fall for the third biannual timber conference sponsored by the Binational Softwood Lumber Council.


Timber has the potential to play a vital role in the design and creation of healthy and vibrant urban space on a large scale. This conference will look critically at the current use of mass timber and speculate on the opportunities that the material brings to architecture and urbanism. With voices from multiple disciplines, the goal is to build upon the present discourse around mass timber with an inquiry about the implications for architecture and design; health and material research; and global urbanization and climate change. The conference runs in parallel with the third Timber in the City Student Design Competition.



October 4, 2018 | 6pm-8pm

October 5, 2018 | 10am-7pm


The New School, University Center

63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102



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October 4, 2018 (Thursday)

6:00pm: Opening Keynote

Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton Architects

7:30pm: Reception


October 5, 2018 (Friday)

9:30am: Coffee

10:00am: Session 1: Timber Opportunities Today

Moderated by Andy Bernheimer, Parsons School of Design

This first session sets the stage for the day’s events by combining a discussion of the latest timber technological developments and new opportunities for architectural design.

Tom Chung, Leers Weinzapfel Associates

Michelle Roelofs, Arup NY

12:00pm: Break

1:00pm: Session 2: Healthy Living Timber

Moderated by Mark Gardner, Parsons School of Design

This second session looks carefully at the health benefits and concerns of architecture realized with mass timber, examining the impacts on the body and mind.

Bill Browning, Terrapin Bright Green

Merritt Bucholz, Bucholz McEvoy Architects

Alison Mears, Parsons School of Design

3:00pm: Break

3:30pm: Session 3: Vibrant Timber Cities

Moderated by Jennifer Bolstad, Parsons School of Design

This final session examines the future of cities imagined and realized through timber architecture to meet global urbanization.

David Linehan, Lotus Equity

Annie Perkins, Sustainable Forest Initiative

Todd Snapp, Perkins+Will Chicago

5:30pm: Reception