Book Talk – Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture

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Join us for a discussion of Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture (Rizzoli, 2022) with Laura Britton and Vittorio Lovato.

In this talk, editors Laura Britton and Vittorio Lovato will discuss how wood—one of the world’s oldest building materials—is still revolutionizing the way buildings are designed and constructed today. Their recently published book, Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture, presents the trajectory of 45 works from concept through construction, demonstrating the challenges and merits of wood buildings through essays, technical drawings, and photographs. Shigeru Ban Architects has innovated in wood for over 35 years, creating inspiring spaces that have a positive impact on building inhabitants, communities, and the environment. The firm has built more than 65 wood and mass timber projects, from prefabricated plywood houses to parametrically modeled glulam gridshells. Timber buildings are not only environmentally responsible—they also make us feel measurably happier, healthier, and more productive, benefiting both individuals and organizations.

Laura Britton, AIA, Associate, Shigeru Ban Architects; Editor, Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture
Vittorio Lovato, AIA, Associate, Shigeru Ban Architects; Project Editor, Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture

About the Speakers:
Laura Britton, AIA, is an Associate at Shigeru Ban Architects and the Editor of Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture. She is a licensed architect in New York and Kentucky, and is the Project Architect of Kentucky Owl Park, a bourbon distillery campus in Bardstown, KY. A graduate of Yale University and Princeton University School of Architecture, Britton is a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal.

Vittorio Lovato, AIA, is an Associate at Shigeru Ban Architects and the Project Editor of Shigeru Ban: Timber in Architecture. He received his master’s in architecture from Yale University and was awarded the prestigious William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship. Lovato also supports The Architecture Lobby, a grassroots architectural advocacy group, as its Director of Operations.