The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) and IE School of Architecture and Design sign sustainable projects agreement to use American wood
IE School of Architecture and Design and the American Hardwood Export Council have agreed to work together to undertake the design, development and construction of an initial project in the Spanish city of Segovia.
Segovia October 6, 2017. – IE School of Architecture and Design and the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) have signed a collaboration agreement to work on projects highlighting the synergies between both institutions. AHEC promotes creative design projects to showcase the potential of this sustainable raw material, while providing valuable examples of inspiration. IE School of Architecture and Design educates tomorrow’s architects and designers based on academic excellence, proximity to the business world and a commitment to society.
The agreement was signed by David Venables, European director of AHEC, and Martha Thorne, the dean of the School. The two institutions will share knowledge and experiment with new uses of wood in collaboration with other organizations based in Segovia. The culmination of this research will be a project specially built for the city.
As a first step, after the signing of the agreement, AHEC officials, along with Andrew Lawrence, Arup Associate Director and global expert of Timber Construction, and Rupert Oliver, CEO of Forest Industries Intelligence Limited and an expert in Life Cycle Assessment, have set up a workshop at IE University’s Segovia campus. At the opening, they discussed new trends in wood construction and the use of new technologically advanced wood products with teachers and students at IE School of Architecture and Design.
IE School of Architecture and Design and AHEC have agreed to work together to educate architecture students through workshops and direct contact between students and industry.
AHEC provides regulatory bodies and consumers with information on the wide range of available American hardwood species, their by-products and their sources of supply. Through this collaborative project, students of the IE School of Architecture and Design will learn about and apply advances in the wood industry such as heat-treated products or cross-laminated tulipwood, as well as carrying out research into new applications.
The project will include data collection to analyze the life cycle of projects, allowing students to understand the environmental impact, beneficial or harmful, of their decisions so they can monitor and modify them if necessary.
Maderas and Chapas Blanquer, one of Spain’s most prestigious timber merchants, has generously donated veneer and lumber to the project.
About the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
For over 20 years, the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of promoting the use of wood in Europe, successfully creating a creative and distinctive brand for American hardwood. AHEC promotes creative design projects such as The Workshop of Dreams at the 2016 Hay Festival Segovia and Olot (Girona), and the Too Good to Waste, exhibited in September at the Hay Festival Segovia, designed to showcase the huge potential of this raw material and provide inspiration.
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About Maderas y Chapas Blanquer
With almost a century in the timber industry, Maderas y Chapas Blanquer has developed an international reputation for its wide range of high-quality woods and veneers.