Helen Goodland – Canada

Public Policies

Helen Goodland is a British architect with an MBA from the University of British Columbia in Canada. She is also a policymaker and business strategist, who believes construction is one of the most important solutions for climate change and the urbanization crisis, as well as working with the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative’s technical committee that promotes sustainable buildings worldwide, writing manuals leading public policies regarding sustainable materials for constructions, among others. Moreover, she has worked with governments and privates to boost innovation in construction. Also, Goodland advocates for research and development investment and training, in order to transform this industry, putting innovation and sustainability into practice.

Herman Kaufmann – Austria

Timber Architecture

Hermann Kaufmann is an Austrian architect from the Technical University of Innsbruck and the Technical University of Vienna. He works with wood as a construction material, inspired by his family of carpenters and the legacy of his hometown Vorarlberg, which is known for its timber industry.

His work revolves around the pursue for holistic solutions for sustainable and modern constructions, focusing on energy efficient building and pushing the limits of wood as a construction material. Moreover, he works as a professor of architecture, specialized in wood, at the Technical University of Munich, but has inspired several of his students throughout his career as a professor in varied universities, not only in Austria, but also in countries like Liechtenstein and Slovenia.

Stefan Winter – German

Timber Engineering

Stefan Winter is a German civil engineer with a PhD in composite steel and concrete structures. He has dedicated his career to teach at prestigious universities and to research about diverse topics on timber construction, such as fire safety, multi-story structures, and sustainable and modern constructions. He has not only been appointed professor of diverse courses on timber construction, but he has also worked at the Aalto University in Helsinki as part of the Finnish Distinguished Professorship program. His career has led him to win several awards, such as the Bayerischer Holzbaupreis and the Best Project Award from ERA-NET, both in 2011. His work is helping to shape the knowledge on wood as a construction material, since his investigation revolves around fire safety, sizing wood capacity in structures and the advantages for sustainable constructions.