Urban Wood Forum


Thu January 24, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Autodesk Toronto Community Space - Toronto, ON
Education (Chapter)


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: Registration starts: 5:30pm;  Event: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Autodesk Toronto Community Space, 661 University Ave #100, Toronto, ON (Map)


The 2019 Urban Wood Forum will explore wood applications in the outdoor urban environment, including landscaping elements, recreational facilities, building cladding, and more. Expert speakers will discuss new wood applications being offered on the market, using the lenses of life-cycle durability, biophilic design, and challenges and opportunities related to the Ontario Building Code. A networking reception will follow, with a drink and hors d'oeuvres included in the price of admission.
Topics that will be explored:
  • The durability of wood and life cycle costs
  • Wood and biophilic design
  • Regulatory challenges to incorporating wood into outdoor applications

Veronica Madonna, Principal, Moriyama & Teshima Architects

Veronica joined Moriyama & Teshima in 2008, and she has expedited the delivery of 10 major buildings for Ontario’s universities and colleges including the Humber College Building ‘G’ Centre for Entrepreneurship, Sheridan College Hazel McCallian Phase 2 Building, Conestoga College Engineering and Food Processing Technology Building, and Lakehead University’s LEED Platinum Academic Building in Orilla which received the OAA Design Excellence Award. With over twelve years experience, she has worked on a variety of projects ranging from small-scale rural to large complex buildings, as well as, historical context and community defining developments in urban environments. Rooted in both her architectural training and experience, she brings a creative vision as well as a technical design sense to her projects.


Tim Svarczkopf, Technical Sales Manager, Accsys Technologies

Tim Svarczkopf is the technical representative for Accsys Technologies. He has spent his entire career at the intersection of efficient resource use and building materials. He began his professional career with Weyerhaeuser in 1994. For the next 16 years he promoted engineered wood at the distribution, retail, and manufacturer levels. In 2012 Tim took a position with Eastman Chemical. They were introducing a new decking product using a process called acetylation. This process made a durable and stable board which was also sustainable and non-toxic. In 2014 Accsys Technologies was expanding their US presence and hired Tim to represent Accoya on the East Coast. Accoya is well established in the window and door markets, and is increasingly being specified for siding, trim, decking and outdoor furniture. This expansion of the potential uses of acetylated wood is good for the environment and for the homes and products we purchase.

Dan van Haastrecht, Project Manager & Playground Designer, Earthscape Play Inc.

Since joining Earthscape in 2018, Dan has led custom playground projects in locations as far as Texas and British Columbia. Previously, he worked as a landscape architect on a number of institutional, park, plaza, residential and commerical projects with the firms Baker Turner Inc. and Durante Kreuk Ltd.  


Peter Duckworth-Pilkington, Principal, ZAS Architects + Interiors

As a specialist in sustainable design, Peter has overseen the design of a diverse range of projects from “off-grid” green homes to corporate campuses and in locations as varied as Canada, the Middle East, South America, Africa and China.  Examples of local “green” projects include: the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (Target LEED Platinum), River City Condominiums (LEED Gold), Gore Meadows Community Centre & Library (LEED Gold), Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence York University (LEED Gold), and CFB Borden Curtis Kitchen (LEED Silver). Peter was also the lead author of the Green Schools Design Manual for Ontario’s Ministry of Education.  
He has also lectured and written widely on sustainable building and urban design.  His projects have appeared in noted publications such as The Globe and Mail, Dezeen, ArchDaily, Canadian Architect, Toronto Star, National Post and Treehugger.com.


Registration/sign-in: 5:30-6pm
Introduction & Speakers: 6-7pm
Panel: 7-7:30pm
Networking (with snacks and a complimentary drink): 7:30-8:30pm


CaGBC Member $25
Non-member $35

Students and EGPs are eligible to receive 30% off registration. Please email education@cagbc.org to register with this special rate.




Autodesk Toronto Community Space
661 University Ave #100