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The 20th Architect-Inspector Training Begins

June Moon

By June Moon

Technical Assistant / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

May 6, 2019

The 20th KWCA-WUC Architect-Inspector Training sponsored by Canada Wood Korea began on April 6. This training is an annual session targeted at professionals including builders, architects and structural engineers to prepare them with the knowledge required for wood construction inspections. This year’s training is scheduled from April 6 to August 10.

Over the past 20 years, the inspector training was attended by primary builders. However, we’ve seen a growing number of architects sign up for this training in recent years and twenty-one of thirty-two participants in this year’s training are either architects or structural engineers. Since the inspection is a field for architects, the gradual increase of architects in the training is a positive change. As the demand for wood construction picks up, the demand from architects to learn wood design in a more systematic manner is growing as well.

There are increasing cases of architects gaining popularity in Korea mainly for designing WFC and receiving various architectural awards with their WFC designs after completing this training. For instance, 2018 Korea Wood Design Awards Grand Prize went to ‘Seo Hyang Gak’, a project submitted by the Architect Gye-Yeon Won who completed the Architect-Inspector Training Course provided by Canada Wood.