Symposium 'Wood: Structure and Expression'

Friday 22 November 2019, 10:00 - 18:00 hrs.
Academy of Architecture
Waterlooplein 211-213
1011 PG Amsterdam

Symposium ‘Wood: Structure and Expression’                

Questioning: Can tradition stimulate innovation in wood architecture?

On Friday November 22 2019, the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture organises a symposium with the question how tradition can stimulate us within the innovation of using wood in constructions within architecture. Besides round table discussions about the educational project, there are lectures with international speakers.

Program of the symposium

10:00                      Welcome and introduction
10:30-12:30            Four lectures about local wood constructions in Europe:
-Klaus Zwerger, professor at the University in Vienna, author of the book Wood and Wood Joints (45 minutes)
Short break
-Mario Rinke, engineer, Swiss (20 minutes)
-Annemariken Hilberink, architect, Den Bosch, the Netherlands (20 minutes)
-August Schmidt, Architect, Trondheim, Norway (20 minutes)
12:30-14:00             Lunch break, at your own account
14:00-14:30            Output of the studios and workshops:
-Program ‘Wood: Structure and Expression’ by Carmen Rist, Vaduz
-Workshops (Trondheim, Vaduz) by Arnstein Gilberg, Trondheim
-Results (publication) by Machiel Spaan, Amsterdam
14:30 – 16:00            Round table discussions with journalists from Norway, Liechtenstein and the Netherlands:
-Tibor Joanelly, from the Swiss magazine werk bauen +  wohnen
-Bureau Noysom, Architects Cathrine Johansen Haanes & Haakon Haanes from Trondheim
-Harm Tilman, Amsterdam
16:30-17:00            Round up
17:00-18:00            Drinks

The symposium takes place in the building of the Academy at the Waterlooplein in Amsterdam from 10 am to 12:30 pm without any entrance fee. Due to the expected interest, it is obligated to sign up. Send an email to with your name, your email address and your nationality. Please also mention if you only want to be present in the morning for the lectures, or will join both in morning and in the afternoon.

This symposium is part of the Erasmus+ project Wood: Structure and Expression, a collaboration with the University of Liechtenstein and the Technical University of Trondheim.