Based at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, the Mass Timer Institute aims to help position Canada as a global leader in sustainable mass timber research, education, development, and export by leveraging relationships between educators, researchers, industry, and Indigenous groups across Canada and internationally.
The Mass Timber Institute was first conceptualized when the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry approached Dr. Anne Koven at the University of Toronto and asked her and Professor Robert Wright to establish a Mass Timber Institute, which was launched in 2018.
As it is now constituted, the Institute has a Leadership Council chaired by Craig Applegath, a Toronto architect and the founding principal of the architectural and engineering firm DIALOG; with its day-to-day operations managed by an Executive Director, Dr. Anne Koven. Since then, the Institute has grown into a network of partners across industries and communities and is now housed as a research hub within the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, which is uniquely positioned to mediate between sustainable forestry, architecture, landscape, design, engineering and secondary/value-added manufacturing communities.
Image Credit: Zero Carbon Hybrid Wood Tower Prototype. Courtesy of DIALOG.