Why Timber is the Construction Material of the 21st Century
The College of Natural Resources was honored to welcome Ryan Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah, as the 2017 lecture speaker.
We are experiencing a wood construction revival. Steel and concrete were the material innovations of the industrial revolution. Wood, used to build houses for centuries, is the commercial construction innovation of the 21st century. Long valued for its affordability, timber is being embraced by building developers due to recent advances in engineered wood products, robotic machine manufacturing, and wood's inherent environmental benefits. The 2017 SJ Hall Lecture features Ryan E. Smith, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Utah who speaks on increasing the value of under utilized timber through the development of innovative wood products for the construction market.