Canadian Wood Design Lecture Held for Japanese Architectural Students
On June 1st I was asked to deliver a presentation on wood design to the Showa Women’s University Faculty of Architecture. A total of 83 second year architecture students attended the lecture delivered, by request of the University, primarily in English. The lecture covered the properties and characteristics of Canadian species and forest products including SPF, OSB, Hem-Fir (N), Douglas Fir, Yellow and Western Red Cedar. Suitable end use applications in both residential and non residential construction were presented for the respective species. The lecture also covered a case studies of the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction projects, discussing elements of wood design in non-residential construction and lessons learned from multi-stakeholder collaboration. Exit surveys from the students attested to a high degree of interest in the presentation topics – many of whom expressed interest in pursuing further studies in wood design.