Course Description

This masterclass will feature panel discussions that offer a variety of perspectives on one of architecture’s hot topics from designers-engineers, builders-fabricators-suppliers, regulators and government with an emphasis on building code and researchers-academics. Mass Timber construction is taking off across North America. ‘Mass timber’ refers to different kinds of massive wood elements (using a range of glued and non-glued elements) used in building assemblies. The use of glued and non-glued elements optimizes the inherent structural behavior of wood with advantages ranging from sustainable resourcing, low embodied energy, carbon sequestration properties, off-site fabrication, mitigated waste streams, reduced construction and assembly complexity, decreased on-site construction time and energy waste, optimized material value, and added value to low grade timber. But mass timber as a product relies on a complex industrial landscape that touches on supply chains, advanced manufacturing, regulatory bodies and the AEC industry. 

Continuing Education students will participate alongside University of Calgary graduate students in the masterclass, without having to complete any of the assignments. Participation in the masterclass will count towards required professional continuing education credits.

Topics include: 

  • Manufacturer + Builder Perspectives
  • Regulatory + Engineering Perspectives
  • Mass Timber Project Site Visit
  • Architectural Perspectives
  • Research Perspectives

Course Details

Upon completion of this masterclass, successful students will be able to:

  • Explain four key perspectives around mass timber (architectural, fabrication, engineering and research).
  • Interpret the use of mass timber from varying perspectives.
  • Differentiate various types of mass timber elements in building assemblies.
  • Delineate the environmental, economical and social advantages of using Mass Timber construction from a sustainability perspective. 
  • Understand Canada’s role in Mass Timber projects and research.


This course is open to students who have a Professional degree in architecture.

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