Art and Joy of Wood

Confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers for Theme 3 - Wooden paths to a sustainable future

Keynote and invited speakers that have confirmed their participation in the conference are listed here. The list is organised by theme and will be updated as and when we get more information from the invited speakers. A provisional listing of all papers that will be presented is also given at the bottom of the "timetable" webpage.


Speaker: M P Ranjan
Presentation: Design detailing in wood: An appreciation of furniture design by Gajanan Upadhaya

Professor M P Ranjan is a design thinker with 40 years of experience in design education and practice. He has been acknowledged by peers as one of the international leaders in design thinking. He helped visualise and set-up two new design schools in India, one for the crafts sector and the other for the bamboo sector. His teaching extended from design theory to inclusive design action and from rural employment to usability of information technology applications and services. He currently writes a blog “Design for India” that presents his thoughts for the spread of design in all sectors of the economy and this has become a major platform for discussion and discourse about design in India.

Speaker: Michael Green
Presentation: The future of urban structures

Architect Michael Green is dedicated to bringing attention to some of the overwhelming challenges in world architecture today. He is championing a shift to new ways of building with mass timber products to meet building challenges in a safe, cost effective, and carbon neutral manner. His approach to construction has been engineered to build mid and high-rise buildings up to 30 storeys high and is one of a handful of new approaches that are the first significant alternative structural systems for tall buildings since steel and concrete first transformed our skylines. Michael will present how new approaches to building using wood represent a critically important shift in the world’s urban landscapes.

Speaker: S Balaram
Presentation: Designing with wood for development

Professor Balaram is a design professional and educator and is presently Emeritus Professor of CEPT University, Ahmedabad and Dean of DJ Academy of Design, Coimbatore. He has served on the board of directors of National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology and CEPT University and founded the Craft Development Institute in Kashmir for the Government of India. He has won several national and international awards for his designs, including an Honorary Fellowship of the Society of Industrial Designers of India (for the contributions of his designs to improving the quality of life) and the President of India’s Award for Meritorious Invention.

Speaker: Nobuaki Hattori
Presentation: The present state of life cycle and carbon footprint assessment in Japan to visualise eco-friendliness of products including wood

Dr Hattori is a professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture. He is also President of the Japan Wood Research Society and a board member of the Japanese Institute of Life Cycle Assessment. His research fields are mechanical wood processing and life cycle assessment of wood products. He has published more than 60 scientific papers and has also studied at the Norwegian Institute of Wood Technology and University of British Columbia.


Speaker: Criswell Davis
Presentation: Designing with Sustainable U.S. Hardwoods

Criswell Davis has been in the hardwood business for 25 years, 15 of those years with a premium sawmill and concentration yard. For the past 3 years he has made presentations as an American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved Continuing Education Provider to architects, interior designers, architecture students and specifiers regarding the beauty and sustainability of U.S. Hardwoods. He has spoken internationally on behalf of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Wood Products Manufacturers Association, the Western Hardwood Association and the Hardwood Federation PAC in Washington D.C.

Speaker: Yang Ping
Presentation: The promotion of wood culture in Japan

Yang Ping is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Kumamoto University, Japan and a deputy of the IUFRO Working Party on Wood Culture (5.10.01). As well as teaching wood science, her research covers wood-working, wood-based composites and timber engineering. She has published over 70 papers on these topics and received the Japan Wood Research Society Progress Award for her work on computer simulation of deformation behaviour and stress distribution in wood-based composites. Her presentation will describe the national strategy for wood education and wood culture in Japan and how this is likely to have a long-lasting impact on the appreciation and use of wood products.


[Last update: 23 May 2011]