Rock star international architect here to inspire

FWPA organised international CLT expert, Andrew Waugh, Director of the UK’s Waugh Thistleton Architects, to inspire and inform Melbourne University students – the lecture theatre was packed!

In the world of architecture and design, like most other areas of endeavour, there are the ‘rock stars’ then there are the rest of us. The UK’s Andrew Waugh is right up there in the star category when it comes to designing with engineered timber.

Speaking to around 350 Melbourne School of Design (part of The University of Melbourne), 4th year Master of Architecture Students and Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) students, Andrew delivered a highly informative, entertaining and inspirational presentation of his CLT journey.

During the two-hour wood focussed seminar, he discussed his projects and the learnings from them – including Dalton Lane, a 121-unit residential development in Hackney, UK completed in 2017 and currently the world’s largest CLT project. He told the students about the many benefits of choosing CLT for this project, particularly the environmental gains and its lightweight advantages.

Following Andrew’s discussion and demonstration of CLT’s uptake and potential internationally, Dr Alastair Woodard, WoodSolutions Education Program Manager, talked to the students about the new mid-rise opportunities in Australia. He outlined the changes to the National Construction Codes DtS provisions, the upcoming changes in the 2019 NCC and overviewed all the timber building systems in the market.

“There’s no doubt that there are now 350+ better educated, and highly inspired, wood-knowledgeable architects heading in to the workforce,” said Eileen Newbury, FWPA’s National Marketing and Communications Manager, “events like this are a core part of our educational strategy that targets building a knowledge base among design and construction students.”

Eileen also mentioned that WoodSolutions have launched an online training platform that includes the timber industry too – WoodSolutions Campus –

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