28 September 2021

Designing structural timber – the webinar

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

12:00–13:30 BST

This webinar, hosted by Timber Development UK (TDUK), takes an in-depth look at the timber engineering textbook Designing timber structures: an introduction with the authors James Norman and Andrew Thomson.


During the webinar, we will discuss how and why the book came about, and how it can help you get to grips with timber engineering design in an accessible way.


Who is this aimed at?

The session is aimed at students, graduates, and lecturers as well as those working in the field of timber engineering and architectural design.


Why attend?

We are in a climate and biodiversity crisis and must significantly reduce the impact made by the Built Environment.


The Climate Change Committee recommends the increased use of timber frame, where possible, to decarbonise construction.


‘The climate emergency must be “central” to our education of engineers’, says the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), who accredits engineering degrees. Material selection needs to be considered in the context of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and a broad understanding of sustainability is required.


The Architects Registration Board requires ARB accredited courses to introduce environmental sustainability as of September 2021.


About the book

Designing timber structures: an introduction is an essential primer for structural engineering students and more experienced graduates new to designing with timber – the only major renewable structural material for building. It features:

  • A comprehensive introduction to designing and engineering with timber
  • A progressive structure that builds up knowledge and understanding
  • End-of-chapter worked examples to consolidate learning and demonstrate engineering principles
  • Over 250 drawings and photographs.


About the authors

Dr James Norman and Dr Andrew Thomson are passionate advocates of timber in engineering design. James is Professor in Sustainable Design at the University of Bristol and his previous books include Structural timber elements: a pre-scheme design guide and Conceptual design of buildings. Andrew works as a designer and maker specialising in bespoke timber installations and furniture. Prior to working as a designer and maker, Andy worked as a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. Both worked extensively in private practice before moving into teaching and drew on that wealth of sustainable design experience to bring Designing timber structures: an introduction to life.


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