Modern uses of timber in a changing environment conference (online)
Date & Time

22 March 2022 - 23 March 2022
14:00 - 18:00 GMT



Members: £175 + VAT
Standard: £275 + VAT 
​Student members: £45 + VAT 
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Modern Uses of Timber in a Changing Environment Conference (online)

Date & Time

22 March 2022 - 23 March 2022
14:00 - 18:00 GMT



Members: £175 + VAT
Standard: £275 + VAT 
​Student members: £45 + VAT 

Places available

Early booking discount

until 22 February 2022

Good practice in the engineering of structural timber.

The inaugural Modern uses of timber in a changing environment e-conference is dedicated to advances in the use of structural timber. 

This year's theme is good practice in the engineering of structural timber; the conference will take place online over two half days, enabling UK and international delegates to participate. 

In addition to international case studies selected via the Call for Presentations, the programme will feature presentations on:
  • Keynote from Simon Smith, Director at Smith & Wallwork: Timber - the potential
  • Fire safety compliance: understanding fire behaviour and mitigating risks
  • Design durability: understanding and mitigating risks over the design life of the structure
  • Low-rise solutions
  • Structural engineering calculations: what's different about timber?
  • Connections
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Hybrid structures

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Who should attend?

  • Structural engineers from practices of all sizes
  • Timber specialists
  • Those working in the wider built environment community
  • Structural engineering students

Networking opportunities


Our online platform includes:

  • Dedicated online Q&A and chat for every session
  • Dedicated networking sessions on both days: take your seat at an online "table", discuss the day's presentations, network and meet your peers
  • Online messaging system; reach out to your colleagues and networks 

Interactive event platform

Join us on our cutting edge e-conference platform for a truly interactive event that enables face to face networking with your colleagues and peers. 

All e-conference content is recorded and made available to delegates on-demand for 3 months.

Conference sponsor


Rothoblaas manufactures and distributes robust fixings, waterproof and acoustic membranes, safety systems and woodworking tools aiming to the optimisation and reliability of timber structures.

Conference supporter


WoodWorks' mission is to make it easier for project teams to design, engineer and construct successful commercial and multi-family wood buildings in the U.S. We accomplish this by providing free project support, a robust nationwide education programme, and a wide range of published resources.

Day 1 speakers

David Barber Principal - Arup

David specialises in the fire safety of mass timber buildings. For over 25 years David has assisted with fire testing, developing new timber technologies, authoring fire safety design guides, working with timber product suppliers and completing fire safety solutions for mid-rise and high-rise timber buildings. David leads a global team within Arup that works with researchers, architects and developers in the fire safety of timber structures.

Rory Hadden Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

Rory is a fire scientist working in the fields of fire dynamics, material flammability and combustion. His research interests include fundamental and applied aspects of the use of engineered timber in the built environment, with an emphasis on understanding the burning of engineered timber materials at the material scale and implications of this for resolving the compartment fire dynamics.

Danny Hopkin Technical Director, OFR Consultants

Danny has delivered specialist structural fire input on high profile projects, including the Google HQ in London. He has also undertaken research in the fields of performance based structural fire design, reliability and mass / engineered timber structures. Danny currently leads the technical delivery of the STA’s special interest group project on fire and mass timber enclosures.

Robin Lancashire Timber Frame Consultant, BM TRADA

Robin has extensive on-site experience providing advice on best practice construction to all areas of the timber frame industry through BM TRADA’s framecheck service. Robin is a co-author of Timber Frame Construction (5th Edition) and regularly speaks on timber frame construction at national building exhibitions and conferences.

Tanya Luthi Vice President, Structures - Entuitive

Tanya started her engineering career in New York City specialising in large-scale institutional projects. After moving to Vancouver, she discovered a love for mass timber design and has made it a focus in her career. She is a member of the New York City structural code committee and serves on the Board of Directors of WoodWorks.

Martin Milner Director - Milner Associates

Martin and the team at Milner Associates have a breadth of experience in the low-rise building sector to deliver off site modular solutions, expert investigations, product design and expertise in fire risk reviews for timber structures. Martin is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University, a member of the BSI Timber Design Code Committee and authors technical publications for the Structural Timber Association.

Simon Smith Director - Smith & Wallwork

Simon has worked with timber structures for nearly 20 years, pioneering the use of CLT in the UK. As well as design, Simon is involved in teaching and research; he lectures at Cambridge University and his research in tall timber buildings was recognised in the RIBA President's Medal Awards. He is also a past director of Trada where he chaired the advisory committee for several years.

Michal Zajic Associate Director - Milner Associates

Michal gained hands-on experience as a carpenter on traditional post and beam structures. He was then responsible for efficient data exchange between the design office and an automated timber frame manufacturing line in Canada. Currently, Michal assists clients with product assessment, development, and structural testing. He is a member of the BSI and CEN committees, where he leads the drafting of the racking design section for the new Eurocode 5.

Day 2 speakers

Bernhard Gafner Partner, ASPECT Structural Engineers

Bernhard is a licensed carpenter and timber engineer with over 20 years' industry experience. He has led many projects in various countries around the globe. Even though his expertise is in timber or timber hybrid structures, he is accomplished in all major building materials. His focus is always to understand the project specific delivery and construction process which results in clean, simple and practical solutions.

Kelly Harrison Associate Director, Whitby Wood

Kelly is an active proponent of sustainable construction, and is particularly experienced in the engineering design of timber and hybrid structures, refurbishment projects and retro-fitting. She has a portfolio of major schemes for the residential, commercial, education, heritage and cultural sectors — from large-scale housing projects and industrial building conversions to special structures and adaptation works. Kelly was among the 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability.

Robert Jackson Associate Principal - Fast + Epp

Robert is a designer with expertise in timber, steel and concrete in both Canada and the US. Robert offers a unique skill set in the structural engineering community due to his background as a carpenter which has led to his specialisation in mass timber design. Robert has contributed to the success of many innovative tall timber projects across North America, including the TallWood House at Brock Commons, and The Arbour.

Dmitri Jajich Director of Structural Engineering - Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Dmitri has worked on projects ranging in scale from the World’s Tallest Building to a single-storey residence. Working in partnership with SOM’s architectural teams and other architects and artists, Dmitri has delivered projects characterised by elegantly integrated structural design, with an emphasis on clear, hierachical structural expression and carefully crafted details.

Andrew Lawrence Director, Arup

Andrew is the leading timber specialist at Arup, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Cambridge University, and lead author of the new edition of “Appraisal and Repair of Timber Structures”. Andrew represents the UK on the Timber Eurocode Committee and is Convenor of the Working Group for Execution of Timber Structures. He is also a Conservation Accredited Engineer and a member of the Historic England Historic Estate Conservation Committee.

Ricky McLain Senior Technical Director- Tall Wood, WoodWorks

Ricky is WoodWorks’ on tall mass timber buildings, providing analysis and guidance on architectural, fire and life safety, and structural design topics. He supports the AEC community and guides the development of education and resources related to tall mass timber buildings in the U.S. He also has experience in lead engineer roles related to structural design, project management and construction administration.

Stefano Muscoloni General Manager - Rotho Blaas UK, Ireland & Iceland

Stefano joined Rotho Blaas in 2015 as a technical sales and field engineer, moving on to the technical office in Italy as technical consultant and then to the UK to develop the UK market. He holds a degree in construction engineering and architecture and has five years' experience working as a structural engineer and expert in low-energy buildings.

Shingi Tarirah Senior Engineer - Whitby Wood

Shingi’s career to date has been dominated by intricate and bespoke structures in steel, reinforced concrete and timber. Her experience is international, having worked in Japan, Australia and France. Her interest in structural design includes the elegance and beauty in timber design and its role in modern construction, which is a focus in her current work at Whitby Wood.

Philipp Zumbrunnen Director - Eurban

Philipp trained as a carpenter and foreman, qualifying as a timber structural engineer in 2007. He went on to work at Blumer-Lehmann AG as a Project Engineer before moving to London to work as the Design Director at Eurban. He currently directs and manages Eurban’s team of Engineers and Designers.

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