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Mass Timber Today Podcast Episode 09: A Valuable Indigenous Mass Timber Perspective: Eladia Smoke

February 12, 2024

Craig Applegath, DIALOG partner and architect, and Dr. Anne Koven, Director, Mass Timber Institute, are hosts of Mass Timber Institute’s podcast, Mass Timber Today, where they sit down with guests to examine the intersection between engineering, construction, design, and forestry.

Episode 9 | A Valuable Indigenous Mass Timber Perspective: Eladia Smoke

In the latest podcast episode, Anne Koven interviews KaaSheGaaBaaWeak | Eladia Smoke, Anishinaabekwe from Obishikokaang | Lac Seul First Nation, with family roots in Alderville First Nation, Winnipeg, and Toronto; and founder and principal architect of Smoke Architecture.

Smoke discusses her work in the mass timber sector, highlighting the importance of Indigenous design principles. She shares her experience with mass timber projects and focuses on how mass timber can tie in with traditional Indigenous building methods. Putting emphasis on the need to bring meaning and cultural awareness into buildings, Smoke addresses the challenges and opportunities involved in teaching Indigenous architecture in universities. Smoke also discusses the potential for Indigenous leadership in forest stewardship and mass timber manufacturing.


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About Mass Timber Today

Created by the Mass Timber Institute at the University of Toronto’s John H. Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, the Mass Timber Today podcast series explores the opportunities and challenges of sustainable mass timber construction.

One on one interviews are conducted by hosts, Craig Applegath and Dr. Anne Koven. Craig Applegath is a Founding Partner at DIALOG; and Anne Koven is the co-founder and Director of the Mass Timber Institute, an Honourary Registered Professional Forester. Applegath and Koven sit down with guests to explore their insights about mass timber technology. The podcast aims to be a platform for a conversation amongst foresters, architects, engineers, builders, Indigenous community members, and developers.

Lead image: Zero Carbon Hybrid Timber Supertall Prototype