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Discover Wood: Cool Spaces! & Market Solutions
International Wood Products Association Presents
Discover Wood: Cool Spaces! & Market Solutions

Lunch & Learn
Thursday, April 18
9::00am - 5:00pm | Westin Bayshore | Vancouver, British Columbia

As architects are specifying more exotic woods in their projects, the morning program will showcase their work and discuss the complex issues and challenges surrounding wood use. IWPA will kick off this year’s program in great style with architect Stephen Chung, AIA LEED AP. Stephen is a Boston-based architect who has appeared on HGTV, The Fine Living Network, Showtime and is currently hosting PBS’s primetime program, Cool Spaces! Cool Spaces! is a television series that profiles the most provocative architecture of the 21st century. Stephen will share his perspective on wood use and trends in architectural designs of residential and commercial environments. The convention schedule follows:
  • 9:00am-10:00am:  Exotic Wood in Cool Spaces!, Stephen Chung
  • 10:15-10:45: New Trends & Opportunities in Carbon Management Solitions, Prof. James Tansey, Sauder School of Business, UBC
  • 10:45-12:15: Bringing Wood Innovation to the Marketplace (Panel Presentation)
    - Jana Foit, Associate and Higher Education Practice Leader, Perkins+Will
    - Gerry McGeough, University Architect, The University of British Columbia (UBC)
    - Brent Sauder, Director, UBC’s Strategic Partnerships, The University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Lunch (provided to attendees)
  • 1:30-4:00pm: International Perspectives-Markets, Supply & Legality
  • 4:00-5:00pm: Tropical Forest Foundations Presents on Education Opps for Architects, Designers
10:15-10:45am: New Trends & Opportunities in Carbon Management Solutions: Professor James Tansey, ISIS, Sauder School of Business, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and founder of Offsetters Canada’s leading provider of carbon-management solutions will talk about new approaches in addressing climate impact and how it can affect your business. Offsetters helps organizations and individuals understand, reduce and offset their climate impact. In 2005, Dr. James Tansey saw a growing demand amongst colleagues and corporations in British Columbia for a dependable source of high-quality offsets; Offsetters was created to serve that need. Dr. Tansey is a Professor at the University of British Columbia who publishes on a range of research topics, including social enterprise, climate change and social impacts and acceptability of new technologies.

10:45am-12:15pm: Bringing Wood Innovation to the Marketplace: Hear from a prestigious group of architects about where the design and development industry is going with its use of wood. What are the challenges and opportunities of bringing new innovative wood uses and technologies to the market? The panel will also share some award-winning case studies in wood building innovation, tall wood buildings, and lessons learned in bringing wood innovations to the marketplace.

1:30-4:00pm: International Perspectives: This afternoon session will focus on different national perspectives on certification/verification, market trends, legality in the supply chain, and species availability. Presentations from the Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia; Ghana Forestry Commission; Sarawak Timber Association and the European Timber Trade Federation to address the EUTR.

4:00-5:00pm: Tropical Forest Foundations Presents on Education Opps for Architects, Designers: Decades of news about the loss of tropical forests have led many architects and designers to believe that they should not specify tropical woods. The Tropical Forest Foundation (TFF) will present its new educational unit for architects and designers, which gives them facts about why we are losing forests and how they can help in forest conservation through their specification decisions. TFF will also report on The Borneo Initiative and the Responsible Asian Forestry and Trade program. Bob Johnston and Art Klassen will be the speakers

If you are specifying imported species in a current project now, or in the future, register below to attend this complimentary lunch and learn. Contact your local AIA/ASID about any CEUs. 

You may use this form to register up to three people from the same company. Contact IWPA to register four or more. Phone: 703-820-6696 or email:

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