APRIL 11 & 12, 2018

Features 2017

AZURE - Wood is Good: Stellar innovations for a humble material

Our relation to nature is at a critical junction. Climate change has awakened us to the fact concrete and steel are damaging the planet. There is a solution to the problem, however, and that is timber. While wood construction isn’t new, its potential has yet to be fully explored. One of the only renewable building materials to offer strength, flexibility, as well as profound beauty.


Moderated by Azure Editor Catherine Osborne, a panel of three award-winning architects, known for their pioneering work with wood, will discuss nature’s most versatile building material. Each panelist will delve into the material’s merits structurally, environmentally and aesthetically. Audience members will gain valuable information on the latest innovations and explorations, including the rise of timber tower construction.

This AZURE Talks qualifies for one OAA ConEd structured learning hour.


Omar Gandhi

Omar Gandhi runs two offices: one in Toronto, the other in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He founded his Maritime practice in 2010 and has since built over a dozen residential projects that expose the beauty and warmth of natural wood. One of his more recent houses, Rabbit Snare Gorge, is an AZ Award 2017 finalist for Best Residential Project.

Michael Green

Michael Green is the founder of MGA in Vancouver. He is known globally for his research, leadership and advocacy in promoting the use of wood in the built environment. He lectures internationally on the subject, including his 2013 TED talk “Why We Should Build Wooden Skyscrapers.”

John Hemsworth

Based in Vancouver, BC, Hemsworth Architecture approaches sustainability more as a question than as a solution. His firm, established in 2012, has extensive experience in LEED Platinum and Passive House construction. He is the recipient of the 2016 Governor General’s Medal in Architecture for the design of the BC Passive House Factory in Pemberton.

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Rabbit Snare Gorge, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Design: Omar Gandhi Architect + Design Base 8. Photography: Doublespace, Omar Gandhi.
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