The Future of Wood Design Innovation in the US

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Sponsored by Vectorworks, Inc.
Presented by Thomas Robinson

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe multiple approaches to designing hybrid timber structures.
  2. Identify methods for sustainable sourcing of wood products.
  3. Recognize innovative new wood products coming to market.
  4. Explain challenges and opportunities relative to the acceptance of mass timber in the building code.


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Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) buildings captured imaginations and launched a sustainable construction revolution in North America. What is on the horizon for mass timber construction? This presentation focuses on the issues and innovations that will shape the next decade of mass timber design in the US. Specific topics to be addressed include hybrid timber structures, sustainable sourcing and forest management practices, integrated approaches to design and fabrication, next generation materials, and research and development of resilient wood systems.

Future of Wood

Photo courtesy of LEVER Architecture


Thomas Robinson is the Founder of LEVER Architecture, a design practice based in Portland, Oregon. His firm is widely recognized for material innovation and for pioneering work with Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT). Thomas’ projects encompass first-of-their-kind timber buildings for clients such as The Nature Conservancy and Adidas, and include more than $1M in research to develop and test wood building assemblies. He has lectured on mass timber throughout the US, Europe, and South America, and served as the USDA Wood Innovation Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas. LEVER was recently recognized by Fast Company as one of the world’s most innovative companies, and in 2017, was named to Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard and to the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.


Originally published in March 2021