Tall & Timber: Chicago’s First Wooden Skyscraper

Date(s) - 01/30/19
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Chicago Architecture Center

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Chicago Architecture Center

Tall & Timber: Chicago’s First Wooden Skyscraper

Chicago Architecture Center

January 30, 2019 12:00 pm

When you think of tall building materials, steel and concrete likely come to mind. But now, wood skyscrapers are moving closer to becoming a reality. Hear about the proposed River Beech Tower, an 80-story timber high-rise designed by Perkins+Will.


Perkins + Will architect Todd Snapp will outline his firm’s vision for River Beech Tower, which could one day stand along the Chicago River. The project pushes the limits of what is possible with today’s materials and is a research-driven exploration of the potential for tall timber construction.

Program Speaker: Todd Snapp

Todd Snapp

Todd Snapp earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. His practice specializes in mixed use master planning of high-rise residential and corporate office developments, cultural and higher education facilities and active learning K-12 environments. A design principal with nearly 20 years spent at Perkins + Will, Todd has brought versatile expertise and dynamism to the firm. In 2015, Todd was selected as one of “Fifty Under Fifty: Innovators of the 21st Century”.