Résumé de la présentation

In face of climate change, building with wood is the architecture and construction industries' chance to challenge norms and drive the world's aspirations towards zero carbon emissions. This presentation will demonstrate the potentials of advanced wood design and construction at scales from x-small to x-large. We will present two Vancouver projects designed by Perkins and Will with world class innovation in-mind, and with aspirations to be a catalyst for change and connection with the city: The red Pavilion at Emily Carr University, and the Canada Earth Tower.

The Pavilion is both a landmark sculpture and a small coffee house building that anchors the regeneration of the False Creek Flats area. The structure takes inspiration from flowers - and is a layered composition of mass timber shell petals, digitally manufactured and assembled on site.  The design process of the pavilion connects the dots between design, technological innovation, and hands-on physical construction.

Canada Earth Tower on the other hand, will become the world's tallest hybrid wood tower once approved in Vancouver. At 40 stories, the building will illustrate the advancements in tall wood engineering and construction. Beyond timber, the project will be a zero emissions development that will take energy standards to an unprecedented level with rigorous high passive house standards and dramatic reduction of the project's greenhouse gas emissions through carbon sequestration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Architecture design opportunities and building tall with mass timber in face of climate changes. Benefits of building with wood as carbon sink, engineering challenges and opportunities as scales.
  2. Direct Design to Manufacturing processes, collaboration techniques, CAD to CAM and BIM workflows enabled by advanced design and fabrication techniques.
  3. Building double curvature with wood, the use of technology in design process to develop a curved Nail Laminated Timber (NLT) prototype, challenges and optimization.
  4. The process of using VR and gaming engines in the design process to evaluate design ideas, and the associated technology platforms.

Who's Presenting

Qui présente

Yehia Madkour

Director of Innovation, Senior Associate, Perkins and Will



Based in Vancouver, Yehia's practice spans architecture and urban design, with a focus on transportation, research, and a particular interest in technology and design process. Most recently, Yehia led the design of LRT stations for the new Réseau Express Métropolitain corridor in Montreal, and the design the Pavilion at the new Emily Carr Campus in Vancouver.

Yehia also sits on Perkins and Will's Research Board, provides strategic direction to the firm's research and innovation agenda in Vancouver and across studios. Yehia is a founder of the firm's Computational Design group, and a partner of Building Technology Lab, where he facilitates a platform to investigate digital design, fabrication, and robotics.

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Derek Newby

Associate Principal, Perkins and Will

Derek is an architect with the distinct ability to deliver practical yet innovative and elegant design solutions. His diverse experience includes a strong background in urban design, master planning, and green building, fostering a holistic approach to every project. As project architect, Derek led the design of Orchard Commons, an academic and student housing mixed-use facility on the University of British Columbia's Point Grey campus designed to promote diversity and social connection. The characteristic façade of the residential towers was optimized using computational techniques creating a unique identity. Derek is currently working on the Canada Earth Tower proposal, which promises to become Canada's most sustainable and the world's tallest hybrid wood tower.


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