Construction Turns to Engineered Wood: Andrew Dunn Q&A

Focus now on design awards and off-site conference

Wed 17 May 23


Andrew Dunn, CEO, Timber Development Association, who recently returned from the 7th International Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon, reflects on the event in this exchange with Wood Central publisher Jason Ross.

Mr Dunn was especially inspired by the diversity of topics and the conference’s rapid expansion.

“With more than 3000 attendees from 35 different countries, it was truly astounding to witness this global congregation of timber enthusiasts,” he said.

Here he offers some unique insights into the current state of the timber industry. The discussion encompassed a range of topics, from international conferences to the latest in timber technology.

Growth and Innovation at the International Mass Timber Conference

Andrew Dunn: In addition, this year’s conference highlighted a growing trend in the industry. Developers are increasingly choosing wood for significant projects, as evidenced by the success of the Ascent building in Milwaukee

Over 3,000 attendees gather for the largest-ever Mass Timber conference. Andrew Dunn provided insights from the conference floor exclusively for Wood Central
Spotlight on the Australian Timber Design Awards

Andrew Dunn: Following the Portland conference, attention turns to the Australian Timber Design Awards, an annual competition with entries closing on July 14. The awards showcase design innovation. A surge in entries focusing on multi-residential and mid-rise construction is exemplified by the impressive Waterfront Tavern by H&E Architects.

The Waterfront Tavern at Shell Cove has been awarded the Overall 2022 Excellence in Timber Design Award, recognizing its outstanding use of timber in building design (Photo credits: Murray Fredericks, Richard Glover)
Timber Off-Site Construction Conference

Andrew Dunn: Based on awards and innovation, the upcoming Timber Off-Site Construction conference is scheduled for September 11 and 12 in Melbourne. The event theme is ‘Timber and Technology: The Zero Carbon Future, and we’re excited to keep the momentum from the Portland conference going. The Melbourne event is a perfect opportunity for the community to come together and discuss the future of timber.

Bunjil Place timber gridshell by fjmtstudio – winner of 13 major awards, Narre Warren, Victoria. (Photo credit:John Gollings)
WoodSolutions, TDA mission to Sweden and Norway

Andrew Dunn: Wrapping up the interview, the industry tour of wood technology in Norway and Sweden from June 11 to 17 will inspect some of the world’s most advanced timber engineering facilities, including the Bo Klok robotic apartment manufacturing plant. We’re anticipating six days and nights of inspiration, information and fun from Falkenberg, Sweden, to Oslo, Norway.

For more information about the trip, visit Wood Central’s dedicated web page.


  • Jason Ross

    Jason Ross, publisher, is a 15-year professional in building and construction, connecting with more than 400 specifiers. A Gottstein Fellowship recipient, he is passionate about growing the market for wood-based information. Jason is Wood Central's in-house emcee and is available for corporate host and MC services.


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