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Advancing Wood Design in Oregon Universities

October 22, 2014 – 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Portland, ORPortland, OR


Please join the leading Oregon universities in a panel discussion on the opportunities advancing wood building academia. Topics include: the development of new wood technology, the development of sustainable and environmental design programs, design competitions, and the collaboration between the universities to advance student education.

Panel Discussion Moderator:

Geoff Huntington, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Oregon State University College of Forestry

Geoff is responsible for framing and leading short- and long-term initiatives to drive the strategic goals of the College of Forestry, and engaging internal and external stakeholders as active participants who partner with the Dean to set the tone, tenor, and direction of the college and its programs. He develops and refines initiatives and programs aimed at making the college more entrepreneurial and better integrated in environmental, social and economic issues of strategic importance to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Geoff drives progress on key priorities of the Dean that require cooperation and collaboration of multiple internal and external stakeholders including college faculty and staff, government and non-government entities, private sector businesses and entities across the University.


Thomas Maness, Dean of the College of Forestry, Director of the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory, Oregon State University

Thomas earned his Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from West Virginia University, a MS in Forest Operations from Virginia Tech and a Doctorate in Forest Economics from the University of Washington. He has worked in private industry as a forest engineer, production optimization engineer, and forest planning researcher. In 1994, he founded the Canadian National Centre of Excellence in Advanced Wood Processing at the University of British Columbia, and led the design and implementation of an award winning undergraduate manufacturing technology program. In 2004, he founded the British Columbia Forum on Forest Economics and Policy. His research interests are forest policy, land use planning, value-added manufacturing and sustainable forest management. He joined OSU’s College of Forestry in 2009 as Department Head, and was named Dean of the College in 2012.

Judith Sheine , Head of the Department of Architecture, University of Oregon

Professor Judith Sheine is Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon. She has been recognized as the leading authority on the work of architect R. M. Schindler and is a practicing, award-winning architect. Sheine previously taught at the New York Institute of Technology (1983-87), UCLA (1987-1996), and Cal Poly Pomona (1989-2012), where she was Chair of the Department of Architecture (2002-2012). Her teaching has largely been in design studios, many interdisciplinary, and in history/theory classes relating to modern architecture in southern California. Recently, she taught studios with architects and civil engineers focused on the design of wood bridges. Sheine has served on the Board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Hollywood Design Review Advisory Committee, and is Vice President of the Friends of the Schindler House, which owns the Schindler House in West Hollywood.

Corey Griffin, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Portland State University

Corey Griffin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Portland State University, teaching design, structures and building technology courses. He teaches upper division undergraduate and graduate courses focused on the integration of architectural design with structural, mechanical and enclosure systems as well as a graduate level course on building science research methods. His research focuses on the intersections of structural systems and green buildings with an emphasis on integrated design, multi-performance structures and building longevity.

World Forestry Center
Miller Hall
4033 SW Canyon Rd
Portland, OR 97221


No credits will be offered for this event.


Contact Jaime Krohn at 312-841-8272 or .


22 October 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


World Forestry Center – Miller Hall
Portland, OR United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.