From Log Post to Laminated Beam

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Course outline

Andrew Lawrence's presentation features many of the ground breaking timber projects in which he has been involved in, including Alvaro Siza's Serpentine Pavilion and the recently completed Metz Pompidou by Shigeru Ban. He demonstrates how the natural attributes of timber can make it the ideal choice for both iconic and smaller scale structures and surveys some of the exciting recent developments in timber within Europe.

This course is based on Andrew Lawrence's presentation at WoodSolutions 2010 Seminars.

AACA Competency: Design


Andrew Lawrence: Associate, Arup Advanced Technology and Research Group

Andrew Lawrence joined Ove Arup & Partners in London in 1993 with initial assignments in Paris, Hong Kong and finally the firm's multidisciplinary arm, Arup Associates. In 2002 he joined Arup's Advanced Technology and Research Group and is now the firm's leading timber specialist and a member of the BSI Timber Code Committee.
Andrew says: "In the past five to 10 years designers have started to realise the potential of timber as a structural material to create some truly dynamic and innovative structures. Because timber is so easy to form and machine we are released from the constraints of steel where economics usually restrict us to off-the-shelf standard sections. No two timber structures look alike so there is much more scope for the architect to stamp his mark on the structure. Five years ago we had to fight to encourage clients and quantity surveyors to consider timber; now they're coming to us!"

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1.5 hours

    Continuing professional development hours

    1.5 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

    This course is recognised under the GBCA CPD program with 2 points.

    Don’t forget to submit your request for GBCA CPD points via the CPD Learning Portal. Points are not automatically allocated.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the history of wood and uses of wood in construction and architecture
  • List the limitations of wood in construction
  • Describe the qualities of wood for use in construction
  • Identify some of the world’s most famous timber structures

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



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