School of Environmental and Forest Sciences  |   College of the Environment

Guest Lecture with Andrew Waugh
Husky Union Building, Room 332

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, together with the Washington Department of Commerce, Forterra and the Washington Forest Protection Association, invite you to attend a lecture with Andrew Waugh, founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects in London and a passionate advocate for mass timber construction.

When: Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 332
Cost: The talk is free and open to the public.

Andrew WaughAbout the Talk
“We are faced with the two major issues in our time, a soaring world population and climate change,” says renowned architect Andrew Waugh. Nowhere in the United States is more emblematic of these challenges than Washington State. Our urban communities are among the fastest growing in the nation—more than one million additional residents are expected in the Seattle metropolitan area alone by 2040. At the same time, many of the state’s forests are in crisis; 2015 was the worst fire season on record, and predictions suggest the situation will worsen without action to make our forests more resilient to threats associated with a changing climate.

How we build can help address each of these significant challenges. As Waugh highlights, “To construct adequate housing for future generations we must reinvent construction so that we can fulfill this need with the minimum effect on our environment.” In this talk Waugh will discuss how emerging engineered wood products can provide strong, safe alternatives to conventional building materials—while, if sustainably sourced, greatly lessening the environmental impacts from construction and providing a means for improving forest resilience.

About the Speaker
Andrew was an early pioneer in the architectural quest for tall timber buildings, and Waugh Thistleton’s core ambition is to achieve sustainability in construction—focusing on timber as the only renewable structural building material known on the planet. The firm’s nine-story Murray Grove project in 2008 was the first of its kind, and Waugh Thistleton has since completed a diverse range of timber projects, from cinemas to synagogues, and social housing to shopping centers. They start every project with the intention of building in timber products, and they currently have a number of projects under construction that are 10 stories and taller.

Andrew continues to teach and research from within the practice. In 2010 he was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architecture’s President’s Medal for Research for his work on the feasibility and practice of timber structures for high-rise buildings, and he regularly lectures across the world with a focus on sustainability, timber construction and the future of architecture.

Parking is usually available in the Central Plaza Garage below Red Square. There will be a $15 fee per vehicle, and occasionally the lot is full during the day. Please request disability parking at the gatehouse if needed. A good back-up option is the Triangle Garage at the south end of campus. You can check out a detailed campus map online, and the HUB is only a short walk from either garage.

From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage.

Transit Information
The University of Washington encourages you to join our efforts to improve traffic conditions and to protect the environment. Please consider using an alternative to driving alone to get to events on campus. There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District, and we are especially excited this year for the recent opening of the new Sound Transit Link light rail stop at Husky Stadium. The HUB is a five- to seven-minute walk from the station.

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Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
4001 E. Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195

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