Promoting Wooden Construction to Japanese Architecture Students
On June 21st, Canada Wood’s Shawn Lawlor delivered a guest lecture to 75 architecture program students at the Showa Women’s University in Tokyo. The event was in collaboration with the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association. In my presentation I introduced the many species and wood products Canada exports to Japan, discussing their respective strengths and suitable end use applications in wooden design. The lecture also covered an introduction of the platform frame building system with examples shown of residential and non-residential construction in both Canada and Japan. The wooden demo projects completed under the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project were also detailed with a discussion on the design details. Lastly, we introduced our new “wood-solutions.org” design resource so that the students could deepen their exposure to wooden design. In the exit survey conducted by the Japan 2×4 Home Builders Association, a total 83.9% of participants either “approved” or “highly approved” of the lecture. Canada Wood’s collaboration with the Showa Women’s University is intended to encourage the up and coming generation of architects to support the growth of PFC wooden construction.