It’s a Summer of Wood Design with our inspirational July seminar!
Our Summer seminar includes inspiring presentations from two Prairie Wood Design Award Winners and an expert on the sustainability of wood products.

Joe Kalturnyk of AUX: Projects, Winner in the Prairie Wood Design Awards Commercial category two years in a row and a speaker at TEDxManitoba; Melissa Kindratsky of ISL Engineering and Land Services, Prairie Wood Design Awards Wood Advocate Winner 2016 and part of the design team for multiple winning projects and exceptional nominations; Adam Robertson of Adam Robertson Consulting will share with us the carbon benefits of building with wood and wood products.


Adam Robertson, M.A. Sc., P. Eng, Adam Robertson Consulting
Adam completed his B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and also holds a M.A.Sc. from the Department of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia. Previously, he was employed as a consulting engineer and has also worked in construction management and worked with the Canadian Wood Council from 2011-2019 as the Manager of Codes and Standards (Structural Engineering and Sustainability) and was a primary developer of the Online Carbon Calculator.

Wood Buildings Products – Climate Change & Carbon Benefits

Design considerations and decision-making related to both embodied and operational GHG emissions is becoming an increasingly important requirement in the building and construction sector.  The evolution and linkages between contemporary climate change mitigation policies at the global, national, provincial and municipal levels will be discussed.  The carbon benefits of using wood products and building systems will be explored, including forests as carbon sinks, bio-based building products as long-term carbon storage devices and GHG emissions reductions through product substitution.  Open access design tools for environmental performance analysis will also be showcased. 

Joseph Kalturnyk, M.Arch, Director, AUX: Projects, Owner, RAW:almond

After completing his masters degree in Architecture at the University of Manitoba, Joseph Kalturnyk promptly started RAW:Gallery of Architecture and Design in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District. RAW:Gallery quickly became a staple in the artist run centre community in Winnipeg and the broader community in Canada. In 2012 Kalturnyk partnered with Chef Mandel Hitzer of deer + almond restaurant to launch RAW:almond, a concept restaurant on the frozen Assinniboine River where it meets the Red River. The project has garnered international press numerous awards, most notably the Canadian Wood Council  Wood WORKS! award and was featured on the cover of Canadian Architect.

Joseph Kalturnyk wears the hat of Designer, Builder, Curator, Entrepreneur and Father.

Strategies for a Temporary City: How to decouple space from time

In this era of sprawling suburbs, vacant urban centres and speculative condominiums there is a real need for an alternative way of using space. In this seminar we will explore historical projects both real and paper to discuss the ideas presented on how to create a temporary city. In my practice I have sought to both challenge concepts of space as well as address the lack of geographic specificity in Canadian Cities, primarily the “winter” cities. We will also discuss very practical ways architects and designers can engage with their cities to develop projects that show the way forward but also address the hear and now.

Melissa Kindratsky, Structural Project Engineer
ISL Engineering and Land Services 

Melissa Kindratsky, P.Eng., LEED® AP BD+C, is a structural project engineer for ISL Engineering and Land Services. With 400 people in 14 offices in western Canada, ISL established a Buildings Group in 2012 with the acquisition of Cascade Engineering Group, and Melissa joined the growing team in the Canmore office in 2015.

Melissa supports the successful delivery of building engineering to a range of clients, from independent homes owners to internationally renowned architects, timber framers, and mass timber fabricators. With over 15 years of experience in design engineering and construction, Melissa has experience in commercial, residential, and industrial developments of various shapes and sizes. Her material of choice is timber and she focusses most of her time on both concept and detailed design of timber structures. These range from modern developments to repairs of heritage structures and even playgrounds.

She passionately believes that to engineer a structure in wood, one must respect the unique properties of this natural material and even use them to enhance the design, both structurally and architecturally. Close attention is paid to the contribution of the structure to the sustainability features of a building project and these are even more easily achieved when the structure is timber.

Stumped? How Respecting Wood’s Properties Leads to More Architectural and Structural Advantages

This presentation will cover a range of topics from the simple to the complex. Wood: what is it?,  to what is the best modern timber fastener to use in a specific architectural and structural application? Fire considerations will be touched on and connection detailing to respect the properties of timber will be discussed.

We’ll take a short journey through select time periods of heavy timber construction, from thousands of years ago to last month. Early construction types will be explored as well as modern advances in heavy timber construction which allow us to create beautiful innovative and sustainable structures today.

Edmonton – Tuesday, July 30
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Chateau Lacombe Hotel
10111 Bellamy Hill, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1N7

Calgary – Wednesday, July 31
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Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Calgary Central Library
800 3 Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7

Event Agenda
8:30-9am registration
9-10am Wood Buildings Products – Climate Change & Carbon Benefits with Adam Robertson
10:10-11:10am Strategies for a Temporary City: How to decouple space from time with Joe Kalturnyk
11:20-12:20pm Stumped? How Respecting Wood’s Properties Leads to More Architectural and Structural Advantages with Melissa Kindratsky
12:20-1pm lunch

Regular $75+GST