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WEBINAR – Durable Design: Lessons from Historic Wood Structures

January 14, 2015 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Join at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

While modern construction techniques are helping designers achieve increasing levels of building performance, durability is one objective that can benefit from lessons of the past. This presentation is based on an independent research project that examined the durability of historic wood buildings in Rome in the context of their construction details. Undertaken by the speaker, Matthew Bronski, over ten months, the project included hands-on study of about two dozen historic buildings ranging in period from the first century B.C. to the early 1900s. Through project examples, Bronski will offer a compelling diagnosis of durability successes and failures, while sharing a series of lessons and principles that can be used to design more durable enclosures.

Speaker Bio

Matthew B. Bronski, PE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Matthew Bronski, PE, is an Associate Principal in the Boston office of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), and serves as the national Practice Leader for Preservation Technology across SGH’s six nationwide offices. His practice focuses on investigating and diagnosing the causes and consequences of building envelope and structural problems in historic and contemporary buildings, and designing sensitive and appropriate repairs, restorations, or rehabilitations to solve those problems. Matthew is an instructor in the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and served for 13 years as co-chair of the Historic Resources Committee of the Boston Society of Architects. In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to be awarded the Rome Prize. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of Architecture and MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Education Credits:

1 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.  WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider.

Certificates will be emailed to participants.


If you are attending the webinar as a group, each person in your group requiring a certificate of attendance must sign the Group Sign-in form.

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  • Return the completed sign-in form by email within 72 hours to .
  • WoodWorks will send each attendee a certificate of completion within 2 weeks.

PC-based attendees

Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees

Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

Mobile attendees

Required: iPhone®/iPad®/Android™ smartphone or tablet


14 January 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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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.