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Timber Talks and Workshop

6 formal Continuing Professional Development points
In association with the Australian Institute of Architects, NSW Chapter

With its sustainability credentials and fast build times as well as developments in material and construction technologies, timber is enjoying a renaissance. Beautiful, resilient projects of wide ranging scale are emerging across all typologies.

Begin the day with speakers who will present expert knowledge of timber properties and performance in different environments and at varying scales to help designers understand how to work with its qualities and characteristics to create strong and sustainable buildings.

After Timber Talks, attend a Timber Workshop on Digital Design and Fabrication of Timber Plate structures. This 2-hour course and 1-hour lecture will introduce participants to computational design strategies for cutting-edge timber building technologies, including digital fabrication of integral timber joints and closed loop digital design workflows for timber plate structures.


Date: Thursday 15 August 2019
Location: The School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, 148 City Rd, Darlington, NSW 2008
Tickets: From $50 - $260. Book your place online.

Timber Talks:
12:00 - 12:30pm – Registration & Lunch, Tin Shed Gallery
12:30 - 3:30pm – Timber Talks, Room 481
3:30 - 4:00pm – Tea Break, Room 481

Timber Workshop:
4:00 - 6:00pm– Timber Workshop, Room 261
6:00 – 6:30pm – Tea Break, Tin Shed Gallery
6:30 - 7:30pm – Public Lecture, Lecture Theatre 1

Public Lecture:
6:30 - 7:30pm – Public Lecture, Lecture Theatre 1

About the program

The talks will address:

  • The integration of structural concepts into the design process
  • Current trends in timber design are and what systems are being used
  • Structural advantages for various building types
  • Prefabrication, flexibility and builders’ knowledge of how timber frames are assembled
  • The structural properties of timber, particularly in relation to timber in tensio


  • Nicholas Gurney, Architect, and Alex Ognjenovski, Builder, The Yardstix team
  • Dijana Tasevska, Associate Director, Tzannes
  • Dr David Fletcher, Timber Development Association


Participants will develop integrated, closed loop design and fabrication workflows for the production of timber plate structures. This will include:

  • Introduction to engineered wood products (EWPs), mass timber structures, and CNC timber manufacture.
  • Parametric design of integral mechanical joints for various types of timber construction.
  • Calibration of joint parameters to account for critical features such as manufacturing tolerance and mechanical behaviour.
  • Design workflow for a complex structure using 3D parts and joints, including toolpath generation. Examples will utilise the Rhino/Grasshopper Timber Plate Structures (TPS) Toolbox.

Note: Participants in the workshop are recommended to have a basic understanding of paramedic design software, e.g Rhino Grasshopper


  • Jun.Prof. Dr. Christopher Robeller, TU Kaiserslautern
  • Eduardo De Oliveira Barata, Associate Lecturer, The University of Sydney
  • Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  • Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  • Cancellations by attendee – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. 'No shows' will not be refunded. Note: Cancellations by Institute Members due to sickness on the day of the event will receive a full refund contingent on receipt of a medical certificate.
  • 'No Shows' - Due to CPD regulations the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.
  • Note: you must retain receipt of payment as evidence of this CPD being undertaken.
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