Thomas Robinson,

Founder, Lever Architecture

Thomas Robinson is the Founder of LEVER Architecture, a design practice based in Portland, Oregon that is dedicated to the creation of buildings that elevate human experience. The firm works closely with mission-driven clients and has a body of work that includes student housing for the Pacific Northwest College of Art, campus planning and design for leading creative companies, and the L’Angolo Estate Winery. LEVER is nationally recognized for material innovation and pioneering work with mass timber construction. The firm designed Albina Yard, the first building in the US made from domestically-fabricated Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT); and their research and testing for the Framework Project led to the first successful permitting of a wood high-rise in the US. Recent and current mass timber projects include a renovation of The Nature Conservancy's Oregon Headquarters and a major campus expansion at Adidas’ North American Headquarters. Prior to founding LEVER, Robinson led cultural and institutional projects for Allied Works and Herzog & de Meuron. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Robinson has lectured throughout the US and Europe, and in 2018 served as the USDA Forest Service Wood Innovation Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas’ Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design.

Jelle Feringa

CTO, Aectuel

Jelle Feringa is an architecture and robotics specialist and as CTO of Aectual responsible for the development and production of tailor-made building products at a mass scale.

While developing his PhD thesis at TU Delft, Jelle established a full robotics lab in the docks of Rotterdam. Here he developed the technical underpinnings for Odico formwork robotics, the first publically traded architectural robotics company which he co-founded in 2012.

Technologies that Jelle developed, include hotwire, hotblade, diamond wire cutting and large scale 3d printing and are applied in high-profile construction projects.

Jelle has taught and lectured at the Bartlett, Architectural Association, Paris-Malaquias, ETH Zürich, TU Delft and Aarhus School of Architecture.

Jelle is a founding partner of EZCT Architecture & Design Research. The work of the office is widely exhibited, exhibitions include the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Archilab, Orléans, Barbican Gallery Design Miami/Basel. Projects by the office are part of Pompidou Center permanent collection.

He is a long-term contributor of the PythonOCC project, and some of his fascinations include levelsets, stereotomy and powertools.

Salla Palos

Director of Transformation Services, Microsoft

Salla identifies as a passionate and inspiring innovation leader and a change agent for the global construction and real estate industry. She is recognized as an industry game changer, and one of the most innovative and forward-thinking people in the sector. Her focus is on successful business transformation of the AECO industry with four key components: engaging stakeholders in full digital building lifecycle, communicating shared objectives in smart buildings, driving digital transformation in smart cities, and determining coherent ways to maximize productivity and innovation with intelligent cloud & intelligent edge.

Brad Nile

Project Executive, Andersen Construction

As a lifelong builder and student of construction systems, Brad Nile has made this the focus of his academic studies as well as world travels.  In his 25 years with Andersen Construction, Brad has managed the construction of many landmark commercial and institutional buildings in Oregon, including the new mass timber projects at the Oregon State University College of Forestry as well as mixed use, mass timber projects in Portland Oregon.  Brad lead the Andersen Construction teams that were responsible for estimating, procuring and erecting these structures. Coming from a family of forest land owners, Brad has a deep understanding of the timber industry and is passionate about the growing use of mass timber in institutional and commercial projects.  

Iain Macdonald

Director, TallWood Design Institute

Iain joined the TallWood Design Institute in 2016. He has worked in business development and training roles in the forest industry for 21 years, prior to which he was involved in export marketing of forest products to Asia Pacific markets. Before coming to Oregon he led the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) at University of British Columbia, Canada (UBC) for nine years. Iain holds degrees in marketing and professional education. He has significant experience globally in the design and delivery of technical and business education to workplace and professional learners, and in creating programs to stimulate innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. He is a director and past chair of the Wood Manufacturing Council.

Shaan Hurley

Global Innovation Lead, Autodesk

As Global Innovation Lead at Autodesk, I apply over 30 years of design and technology leadership to encourage innovation, foster community, and build the connections between people and organizations that are creating a better future. My work has touched all aspects of design,  product management, development, and advocacy—leveraging customer insights to break down silos, build great products, and drive technology strategy for industries like Architectural Engineering and Construction “AEC”, Mechanical Design, and extended reality (AR/VR). have the ability to quickly assess current technology, engage customers and partners to forecast into a better future.

Ryan McMahon

Director Product Management,
Construction, Autodesk

Ryan is the Director of Product Management for Industrialized Construction working on building new solutions in this space. He has been at Autodesk for over eight years building and delivering manufacturing products including Factory Design Utilities, Process Analysis, Fusion Production, Factory Digital Twin and Generative Factory layout capabilities. Prior to Autodesk, Ryan worked for several startups delivering products for digital music, medical devices, IT compliance, and high performance computing. Ryan holds 3 patents, has an MBA from the University of Washington, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.

Stefan Schneider

President, CutMyTimber

Stefan Schneider has spent his entire life in the building industry, as the son of a Swiss Master Timber Framer running a small business; he grew up learning and loving timber framing. In 2002, after completed his degree in Timber Engineering with a specialization in construction, Stefan moved to North America where he led integration of CAD/CAM technologies into many companies in the timber industry.  He was involved in projects for timber frame, modular home, glulam, Mass Timber, SIP panel, and prefab companies all over the world - including Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America. In 2003 Stefan assisted Cadwork, the leading Swiss software company developing CAD/CAM systems for the value-added wood industry, to become established in North America.  The following year he started a Cadwork franchise in Vancouver and became responsible for the West Coast region of North America. After many years working in the industry on two continents, he recognized the opportunity to integrate craftsmanship with cutting-edge technologies at scale.  This led to the formation of CutMyTimber in 2010, a Canadian, knowledge-based company connecting and assisting CNC machine owners with traditional building companies and craftsmen. In 2011 he purchased his own Hundegger machine and in 2012 he founded CutMyTimber USA Inc. Four years later a 5-axis Krusimatic G1 machine was added. This is currently the only Krusi CNC beam processor in the USA. Stefan’s hunger for innovation combined with his European background helped him to become involved in many pilot projects in North America. For example, CutMyTimber planned and supplied the first Passive House in Vancouver BC, as well as a glulam package for one of the first CLT/Mass timber multi-story buildings in Oregon, Albina Yard, designed by Lever Architecture.  CutMyTimber was also a leading force in the first CLT passive house, built in West Vancouver. Additionally he teaches and speaks as guest lecturer at universities and colleges such as Oregon State University, University of BC, College of the Rockies and others.



Steve joined SmartLam in January 2020 following 41 years with the US Forest Service.  Since 2013 he has played a primary role in establishing a cross laminated timber sector in the US.  His creation and leadership of the Wood Innovations Program has helped the entire mass timber sector grow. The Program has funded: training for sector players; establishing the Mass Timber Conference; investments in factories and early adaptor buildings; successful code revision efforts; materials testing; and much more.

Greg Howes

Moderator, Partner at CutMyTimber

I am a partner at CutMyTimber, an industry-leading mass timber digital fabrication company based in Portland, Oregon.  Our team at CutMyTimber has 15 innovative CLT projects completed or underway and has fabricated hundreds of additional mass timber projects in Europe, Canada and the U.S. over the last 20 years.    Our company works closely with an international network of partners.   I also co-founded the AEC Hackathon (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) organization, a non-profit, volunteer-organized network focused on promoting startups and innovation in construction at Hackathons.  The AEC Hackathon team has helped organized 40 hackathons in 30 cities in 10 countries since 2013.  I am also the recipient of a 2019 US Forest Service Innovation Grant supporting the Mass Timber Summit and Hackathon and global mass timber design competitions. I am a frequent speaker at international construction innovation events and am eager to help build mass timber cities on the U.S. West Coast together with a global and local network of partners.

Will Novy-Hildesley

Executive Director of #forestproud + the North American

Forest Partnership

Will Novy-Hildesley has extensive experience with the forest sector, developing new initiatives, and leading multi-stakeholder brand initiatives that bridge for-profit/non-profit, and government. Since 2000, he served as Founder and CEO of Quicksilver Foundry, a strategic planning and branding firm whose recent clients include the Department of Defense, Intel, Deloitte/Monitor, The Unitarian Church, Social Venture Partners, Easter Seals, The Society of American Foresters, Vistage and Surfline.com. Prior to that, he worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund. He has a Master’s of Science in Tropical Coastal Zone Management from Newcastle University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Durham University.

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