AIA Hong Kong


Event On : May 26, 2022

Mass Timber – For the Future of Our Built Environment

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Date(s) - May 26, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Dear Members

Urban environments are responsible for 75% of annual global Green House Gas emissions; the construction and operation of buildings alone accounts for 39%. Eliminating these emissions is the key to addressing climate change and meeting the Paris Climate Agreement targets.

To address the issue of embodied carbon – and in conjunction with using renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and geothermal – wood presents a unique opportunity since it is the only truly renewable building material. Through modern engineering and digital fabrication the use of wood as a structural element is now possible, with the advent of Mass Timber.

This webinar will be conducted by Tom Chung, FAIA. Tom has extensive experience in the research, development and practical application of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in building construction. In this presentation, he will share with us his recently completed CLT projects and discuss the future potential of structural hardwood species in contemporary architecture.

This event is sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council


Date: May 26, 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 7.30 – 9.00 PM
Venue: Online webinar via Zoom
CES Credit: 1.5 LUs/HSW
Fee: Gratis

What we learned:

1) Mass timber is predominately made of softwood, but hardwood is being researched as the full member or surface materials for the softwood members.
2) Mass timber construction is currently very dependent on the manufacturers. It is about size, appearance, availability, and carbon footprint when choosing the suppliers. The speaker recommends having a supplier on board during the design phase.
3) Mass timber reduced construction time on site and helps to reduce carbon footprint.
4) Mass timber gets charred in the event of a fire to provide the necessary protection to its metal pieces while maintaining its structural integrity.


The Speaker

Tom S. Chung, FAIA, is a principal with Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a recipient of the AIA Firm Award. He is a recognised leader in the use of mass timber in architecture, as well as in educating others about this material. He led the design of the Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst and of the Adohi Hall Student Residences at the University of Arkansas, among the most significant CLT buildings in the US. Tom speaks nationally on mass timber architecture and has taught mass timber design at various architecture schools; he is currently a Professor of Practice in Architecture at Auburn University.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in the US, Tom received his degrees in architecture from the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The Moderator

Evelyn Ting, AIA, is Co-founder and Managing Director of New Office Works (NOW), an architecture and design studio based in Hong Kong. NOW was named by Archdaily one of the Best Young Practices of 2020 and has won numerous awards, including 1st prize in the inaugural Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition. With experience in both architectural and editorial work environments, Evelyn oversees architecture projects, research initiatives and publications. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and her Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong

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