BOSTON, MA  -- An intensive two-day conference on architectural wood – WOOD IN THE 21st CENTURY: Design and Preservation of Contemporary & Historic Architecture – will be held on the MIT campus on Saturday, March 24 - Sunday, March 25, 2012, with an optional program offered (at no additional charge) on Monday, March 26th. This important symposium is organized by Technology & Conservation, the MIT Department of Architecture's Building Technology Program, and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA's Historic Resources Committee.

Over 30 noted architects, engineers, and researchers will give presentations. The registration fee prior to Jan. 30, 2012 is $450/person; after Jan. 30, 2012, the registration fee is $525/person. (Registration fee includes the conference program, two luncheons, and a reception.) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

A PDF with complete details on the conference including the schedule (shown below) call for posters, hotel accommodations, continuing education credits (16 HSW/SD CE credits for the March 24-25 conference and 6 additional HSW/SD CE credits for the optional March 26 program), and registration form, is available by phoning 1-617-623-4488 or by sending an e-mail to: Infomation also can be downloaded at: and then clicking "events."

If you have any questions on this conference, please contact Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Conference Organizer/Chair, e-mail:



SATURDAY, March 24, 2012

7:30-8:15 am Check-in

8:15-8:25 Welcome, Susan E. Schur, Hon. AIA, FAPT, Publisher-Editor, Technology & Conservation, and Prof. John Ochsendorf, MIT Department of Architecture

8:25-9:15 Perspectives - Historical-Styles, etc., Giles Downes, RIBA, Partner, Sidell Gibson Architects; Sr. Warden, Carpenters’ Company; and Governor, The Building Crafts College

9:15-10:00 Perspectives – Conservation/Restoration/Repair, Dr. David T. Yeomans, ACS Consulting Structural Engineers; and a past Chair, ICOMOS UK Wood Committee

10:00-10:15 Lessons Learned from Historic Construction, Matthew B. Bronski, PE, Senior Project Manager, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

10:15-10:30 Coffee Break + Posters

Developments in Technology & Materials – Properties, Structure, & Attachment

10:30-11:00 Uses of Wood in the 21st Century (types of wood, forest management, grading, economic concerns, etc.), Dr. Scott Bowe, Professor & Wood Products Specialist, Russell Labs, University of Wisconsin - Madison

11:00-11:25 Mechanical & Structural Properties - including fire safety, Dr. Ben Brungraber, PE, President, Fire Tower Engineered Timber, Inc.

11:25-11:50 Water, Wood, and Walls: Addressing the Envelope, Dr. Samuel V. Glass, Research Physical Scientist, Building Moisture & Durability, USDA Forest Products Laboratory

11:50-12:20 Biodegradation and Treatment, Dr. Brian R. Ridout, Entomologist & Senior Architectural Conservator, English Heritage

12:20-12:30 Q&A

12:30-2:10 Luncheon - MIT Faculty Club

2:10-2:25 Investigative Tools I - Resistance Drilling, IR, Ultrasonic, John Wathne, PE, President, Structures-North

2:25-2:40 Investigative Tools II - Microscopic ID, Philip L. Westover, PE, Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

2:40-2:55 Investigative Tools III - Dendrochronology, Dr. Daniel Miles, FSA, Oxford Dendrochronology Laboratory

2:55-3:10 Investigative Tools IV - - Wind & Seismic Properties, Prof. John W. van de Lindt, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, The University of Alabama

3:10-3:25 Coffee Break + Posters

Conservation/Preservation of Buildings/Building Types Constructed from Early Times Up Through the 20th Century

3:25-3:55 Athletic Facilities, Paul Fast, PE, PIStructE, PEng, Struct.Eng., Managing Partner, Fast + Epp

3:55-4:15 Military & Cultural Buildings - Fort Adams, Fogg Art Museum, Kimball Art Museum, and others, Ronald W. Anthony, Wood Scientist, Anthony & Associates, Inc.

4:15-4:30 Wood in Traditional Japanese Architecture, Prof. Alice Y. Tseng, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of History of Art & Architecture, Boston University

4:30-4:45 Gamble House, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod, Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc.

4:45-5:00 Housing (including Stickley’s Craftsmen Farms) & Mill Buildings, Ronald W. Anthony, Wood Scientist, Anthony & Associates, Inc.

5:00-5:15 The Wooden Tomb Chamber in Tumulus MM at Gordion in Turkey, Prof. Richard F. Liebhart, Archeologist

5:15-5:20 Archeological Wood, William C.S. Remsen, AIA, Preservation Architect

5:20-5:35 Historic Wooden Religious Structures, Nat Crosby, Bruner/Cott & Associates

5:35-6:05 Two Viewpoints - Building Framer and Sawyer, Jan Lewandoski, Principal, Restoration and Traditional Building; Other Speaker - TBA

6:05-6:20 Covered Wood Bridges, Arnold M. Graton Jr., JR Graton Historic Restoration LLC

6:20-6:30 Q&A

6:30-8:00 Reception - The Cambridge Marriott Hotel

SUNDAY. March 25, 2012

7:30-8:00 am Relevant Film

New Technologies, New Methods of Retaining/Achieving Architectural Concepts

8:00-8:30 am Philosophical/Aesthetic Aspects (including wood in combination with other materials), David N.Fixler, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Design and Preservation, EYP Architecture & Engineering Inc.

8:30-9:15 Developments – Computer Modeling, Wood-Concrete Composites, Dr. Peggi Clouston, Assoc. Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Dept. of Environmental Conservation

9:15-10:00 Energy and Sustainability Aspects of Wood (including certification), Jack Mackin, Chief Operating Officer, F.D. Sterritt Lumber Co.

10:00-10:10 Q&A

10:10-10:25 Coffee Break + Posters

10:25-10:55 Finishes and Coatings - Factory and On Site, Jon Graystone, Principal Research Scientist, Paint Research Association

Bringing Wood into 21st Century Architectural Design & Ornamentation

10:55-11:50 Arches, Grids, and Shells for 21st Century Architecture, Michael Dickson, FREng, FIStructE, Founding Partner/Senior Consultant, Buro Happold; and Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath, UK

11:50-12:05 Q&A

12:05-2:00 Luncheon - MIT Faculty Club

2:00-2:30 Improved Wood Composites, Prof. Stephen Shaler, Associate Director, Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center, and Program Coordinator, Wood Science & Technology, University of Maine

2:30-2:50 Religious Buildings including Bigelow Chapel (MN) and Lakewood Garden Mausoleum, Joan Soranno, FAIA, Design Principal/Vice-President, HGA

2:50-3:35 Cross Laminated Timber and Other Engineered Wood Structures, Simon Smith, Director, Ramboll UK; Design Teaching Fellow, Cambridge University; and Director, TRADA UK

3:35-3:50 Coffee Break + Posters

3:50-4:15 Cultural Facility, Shane Burger, Associate/Head of Design Technology USA, Grimshaw Architects PC

4:15-4:50 Implications of Recent Research, TBA

4:50-5:10 How will New Materials and New Manufacturing Techniques Affect/Impact Design and Conservation Work, John A. Fidler, RIBA, Staff Consultant & Practice Leader, Preservation Technology, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.

5:10-5:30 Q&A

MONDAY, March 26, 2012– Optional program


Focus on maritime use of wood and introducing new systems into existing historic building. Individuals registering for the conference will be able to attend, at no additional cost, the optional program.

Source: Technology & Conservation

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