Building with Timber

A short course for Architecture students


Having worked at different times with architecture students it seemed they lack solid information on timber as a building material. So I developed this short course.


 It looks at

-All the major building methods. Green Oak, Prefabricated Panels, SIPS, Segal Method & so called stick building.

-Sourcing materials. grading FSC, PEFC grading etc.

-Different types of timber and their uses.

-Engineered wood products, Glulam, I Beams, sheet materials etc.

-Design considerations. Insulation, thermal bridging, airtightness and U Values.

-Timber Cladding.

-Timber’s environmental implications.

-The course also includes a large display of relevant products, publications and web sites.


About the course tutor.

Geoff Stow built his Timber Frame House in London and has gone on to site-manage 3 timber frame self build schemes. He is a lecturer on the Centre for Alternative Technology timber self build course as well as public courses on timber framing. He has appeared on Grand Designs and ITV’s Houserace. He is a director of the AECB The Sustainable Building Assoc. and a member of the UKTFA (United Kingdom Timber Frame Assoc.) He also worked with Sheffield University Architect Students on their Award Winning Space of Waste project.



The course lasts for approximately 3 hrs and includes looking at samples and building sections as well as a powerpoint presentations. This course can be modified to suit specific needs.


Usually this course will run twice in a day for up to15 students.

Cost is £200.00 per day (2 courses) + travel and a cheap hotel if nessessary Less than £10 per student.

Contact Geoff Stow 01392 272475


The feed back from the students at Sheffield where the course ran in February was overwhelmingly very positive with some very constructive comments some of which have been taken on board and included in the course.

Geoff Stow