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Canadian architects instrumental in designer outreach program

Wayne Iversen

By Wayne Iversen

Blogmaster

November 6, 2014

CC Yao, principal and senior designer of Read Jones Christoffersen , Vancouver, answers questions.

CC Yao, principal and senior designer of Read Jones Christoffersen , Vancouver, answers questions.

Over a year ago, Canada Wood and FII (China) together initiated a program named “Architects Outreach Program”. The main objective of this joint program is to create an awareness of timber structures among Chinese architects so timber can be used at the very beginning stage of the conceptual design, to advocate timber as a structural, most sustainable and beautiful material (compared to mostly-used concrete and steel here in China), and to generate confidence in architects that designs and creativities using timber can all be all achieved and guaranteed.

Nine “Architects Outreach” seminars have been conducted in different cities across China by having Canadian architects and engineers share their hands-on timber structure design experience with Chinese architects/designers.

Participants very engaged to hear Canadian architects speak on the design benefits of choosing wood as a building material.

Participants very engaged to hear Canadian architects speak on the design benefits of choosing wood as a building material.

Two “Architects Outreach” seminars were very recently conducted in both Chengdu (Sichuan province) and Hangzhou (Zhejiang province) on Sept 23 and 24, 2014. Mr. CC Yao, principal and senior designer of Read Jones Christoffersen (Vancouver office), who has been involved in many high profile projects in Vancouver such as the Hillcrest Center (Winder Olympics Venue) was invited to present at both events. Mr. Reed Kelterborn (FII), Mr. Yang Xuebin (chief drafter of National Timber Structure Design Code GB50005 and National Glulam Code), and Ms. Jennifer Yu (Canada Wood) also presented.

Designer seminar in Hangzhou, China (Sept 24, 2014).

Designer seminar in Hangzhou, China (Sept 24, 2014).

Both events were supported by China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd, China Codes and Standards Timber Design Management Committee, the Canadian Trade office in Chengdu, and the Zhejiang Provincial Government, local MOC and School of Architecture of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou. Seminars attracted more than 250 architects/designers and generated strong interest. Several technical discussions took place after the seminar.