Brad Nile

Building with Mass Timber

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


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


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


Stacy Smedley

Director of Sustainability at Skanska USA Building,

Specialties: Sustainable Design, Construction & Education, LEED and Living Building Challenge Project Management, Embodied and Construction Phase Carbon Tracking, Public Speaking, Construction Specifications, Volunteer/Partnership Management and Recruitment


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


Franco Piva

Structural Engineer and Founder, Ergodomus

He has been working for over 15 years in the design of wooden structures, taking care of all the various aspects: from static to building physics, to 3d drawings, including also CNC machine programming, shop and assembly drawings. Over the years he has become an international point of reference


Jelle Feringa

CTO, Aectuel

Jelle Feringa, software, architecture and robotic specialist, is CTO of Aectual and is responsible for accelerating the technology to produce tailor-made building products at a mass scale. While previously founding EZCT Architecture and Design Research and working on this PhD thesis at Hyperbody TU Delft,


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


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


Will Novy-Hildesley


Will has extensive experience with the forest sector, developing new initiatives, and leading multi-stakeholder brand initiatives that bridge for-profit/non-profit, and government. Will’s passion is aligning people behind a shared sense of purpose and mission. He


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.


Ryan Mcmahon

, Director Product Management, Industrialized Construction

By the numbers, I've been a product manager for 18 years, I worked as a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, and manufacturing engineer to bring the Sonicare electronic toothbrush to market, I have an MBA from the University of Washington, and I have 3 patents. Some of the color


Shajay Bhooshan

Zaha Hadid Architects

Shajay is a Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects where he co-founded and heads the research activities of the Computation and Design (CODE) group. He also works as a studio master at the AA DRL Master’s program in London. He pursues his research in structure and fabrication aware architectural geometry as a PhD


Steve Marshall


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

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