Thursday, October 2


Polytechnic University of Catalunya, UPC. CODA members, research team from UPC. They study the development and optimization of lightweight structures by computational design and, mainly, in wooden structures. They seek to minimize the environmental footprint in a process based on the geometry. Understand the practice transversely, between innovation projects with industry, patents, consulting and product itself; research to specific scientific academic lines of development; and teaching, with transmission of knowledge and experimental laboratory in which to test concepts.

10:00 - 10:45 WOLFGANG BERGER

He has a degree in architecture from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He has a degree in architecture from the Technical University of Karlsruhe, Germany. He is currently working as an independent contractor in the architectural firm Proyectos Sostenibles Arkimo in Alsasua/Beasain. In 2011 work was completed on the Casa Arias, the second passive house in Spain certified by the Passivhaus Institut Darmstadt in Germany. He has built a passive house in Navarre made of timber, straw and mud. He is involved in different R & D – I projects using the Passivhaus standard and its application in Spain. In addition, he co-founded the Passivhaus Building Platform (PEP) in 2008.

12:00 - 12:45 CELIA GRAHAM

Canadian Council of Forest Minister’s. Celia Graham has worked as a forest manager for the Government of Ontario, Canada, for 37 years. She began her career as a forest engineer managing public and private land and went on to specialise in improving tree species. She acts as an advisor and supervisor for International and Canadian Forestry Policy. She contributed to the development of the legislation regulating Ontario’s Crown forests and was responsible for establishing the criteria for sustainable use. She provides advisory services for the development of forestry certification systems and is studying the effect of climate change on forests.


She has a degree in architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture in San Sebastian. She works with Felipe Pérez Aurtenetxe in the architectural firm Pauzarq in Astigarraga, Gipuzkoa. They have designed a passive semi-detached home in Galdakao over an existing one. The initial condition was to furnish the new building with a high standard of acoustic and thermal conditions. The idea was to build a house with low energy consumption and ensure that the necessary energy for heating came from sustainable energy sources.


An architect and civil engineer with a Master in Building Structures from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, he is a specialist in timber house design. His work is dedicated in the main to detached house construction, particularly in timber. The growing demand for this type of building, endorsed by criteria for sustainability and ecology, together with that for specialists in this material, has led him to specialize in a field with infinite possibilities as regards expression. His architectural design is energy efficient and respectful of the planet.


Architects at the architectural firm Garbisu Arquitectos in Pamplona. They have designed a playschool and play centre in Castejón, Navarre, where timber takes centre stage, and the gable roof has a plywood structure. The design divides the site on which it is built lengthways into six 12 m-wide modules. One of the modules, whose building is out of line with the other five, corresponds to the play centre. The other five house the playschool building.

Friday, October 3

9:15 - 10:00   MIKIO TAI

Viceroy AuerYokohama National University. Japanese architect with particular sensitivity in the use of timber, in keeping with the culture of their country. Tai takes the rotundity of this material to define the spaces and to allow a touch of warmth, comfort and environmental welfare to their projects. Timber become in protagonist both indoors and outdoors. Precisely, because of the characteristics of many japanese cities, some projects are enrolled in spaces enclosed by other buildings, situations that he resolved with true mastery, like in his Waga House.


A graduate in architecture from the School of Architecture of Lyon. The French architectural practice Tectoniques makes exquisite use of wood in its architecture. A good example is its work on the workshop in the Part-Dieu district, Lyon, created in a large open space covered by an imposing timber structure. The outer façades are made from smooth larch panels in a metallised malachite colour with openings for water runoff. The firm is present in a variety of sectors related to architecture, including public buildings, housing and leisure facilities, and is highly committed to complying with environmental laws.

11:30 - 12:15    KIMMO LINTULA

Finlandia. Architect uses wood as a main character in many of his works. Perhaps the best known is the Kamppi Chapel of Silence. The chapel was built almost entirely of wood. The structure is formed by different frames of laminating timber, while the outer coating is formed of spruce boards. For the interior, they chose alder. Also used the wood especially in Villa Hartela, Lieto, Wooden Housing Area, Villa Sarvilahti, Villa Kallioniemi, Uusikaupunki...