Timber Construction – The Future of Low Carbon Development

Date: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

11:00AM – 12:00PM: Timber Construction by Kevin P. Flanagan, Architect, Timber research, Cambridge / PLP

12:00PM – 12:30PM: Q&A Session

Details of Session

    • Overview of the Oakwood Timber Tower Series (London, UK) research in collaboration with Cambridge University & Smith and Wallwork Engineers
    • Benefits of using natural materials such as engineered mass timber technology in cities – new field of research, Urban Biophilia
    • Review of air quality in major urban cities like Toronto and the benefits of Timber construction
    • Review of PMX proto-type timber tower by Michael Green and Gensler for Sidewalk Labs
    • Review of The Edge (Amsterdam) – ULI Award, the BREEAM Awards 2016 for both Best Office and the Most Sustainable Building in the World
    • Timber Construction and Humidity Control
    • Timber Construction and Ductwork/Piping – illustrations and examples


Kevin P. Flanagan, AIA, FRAIC, FRGS, FRSA

Kevin P. Flanagan design solutions resolve both the city context and environmental concerns in a single bold concept; his designs are a response to the nature of place. He spoke most recently on the topic of the benefits of TimberTowers, and a Vision for a more liveable Greener City at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat CTBUH 10th World Congress in Chicago.

He was a founding member and former Partner at PLP Architecture, London. Kevin has over 35 years of experience and has realized visionary award-winning designs throughout the World. He began his career in Montreal and Toronto and worked at SITE and KPF Architects in NYC and founded the London office. Kevin has lectured, exhibited, and published widely.

His most notable recent work includes the multi-award-winning most sustainable and wired building in the world, The Edge (Amsterdam, Netherlands), which won among others, the ULI Award, the BREEAM Awards 2016 for both Best Office and the Most Sustainable Building in the World, and AIA Europe Sustainability Design Award. His earlier work includes the Grant Thornton Tower (Chicago, USA), the De Hoftoren Headquarters (International High-Rise Award design) for the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (The Hague, Netherlands) and the landmark Headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) (Abu Dhabi, UAE).

Kevin studied at Carleton University, (Ottawa, Canada), the Architectural Association School of Architecture (London, UK), the University ofTexas (Texas, USA), and a teaching Study Scholarship in Rome.

He has taught and lectured most recently at Cambridge University, UK related to both The Edge, and the RIBA award-winning collaboration focused on his design for the Oakwood Timber Towers design series 1-5.

Kevin P Flanagan, AIA, FRAIC, FRGS, FRSA
Senior Architect, former senior associate partner KPF International NYC/ London, and former partner PLP Architecture, London;
Now seeking new opportunities in Canada.


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