3rd Biannual Timber Conference

TIMBER IN THE CITY: Opportunities for Architecture + Urbanism 
October 4-5, 2018 | New York, NY

The third biannual timber conference hosted by Parsons School of Design and 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 Timber in the City 3 Student Design Competition. 

The conference is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. Reserve your spot here: timberinthecity.eventbrite.com

Conference Details
The Conference will be held at Parsons School of Design:

The New School, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Starr Foundation Hall, Room UL102

Thursday October 4, 2018
6:00-8:00pm Opening Keynote + Reception: Andrew Waugh, Waugh, Thistleton Architects
Friday, October 5, 2018 
10:00am-12:00pm   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 broader role of forests and trees to the environment with the latest in timber technological developments. 
    Michelle Roelofs, Arup NY
    Tom Chung, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
1:00-2:00pm 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.
    Merritt Bucholz, Bucholz McEvoy Architects
    Bill Browning, Terrapin   
    Alison Mears, Parsons School of Design
3:30-5:30pm 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.
    Todd Snapp, Perkins+Will Chicago
    David Linehan, Lotus Equity
6:00pm Closing Reception

Learn more at


Timber in the City 3

Program (PDF)  

+ Timber Conference