About Us

OSU and UO logo

TallWood Design Institute (TDI) is a collaboration between Oregon State University’s (OSU) Colleges of Forestry and Engineering, and the University of Oregon’s (UO) College of DesignRepresenting diverse faculty expertise amongst the disciplines of architecture, structural engineering, and wood science, our mission is to advance mass timber and other wood product building solutions through applied research, industry partnership, and educational opportunities.

Our Three Pillars

At the core of TDI’s strength is the power of partnership and science. TDI collaborates closely with industry stakeholders and faculty partners to drive a strong applied research program aimed at quantifying, qualifying and advancing the performance of mass timber products and building systems.

Many of the projects we fund and collaborate on are interdisciplinary, with core areas including:

  • structural and seismic engineering 
  • fire performance  
  • moisture performance and durability
  • sustainability and carbon impacts
  • manufacturing and supply chain
  • acoustics
  • energy performance 

TDI provides R+D services for a wide range of projects and clientele, both public and private. Our staff and faculty partners are well versed in working with companies through the development and precertification of new engineered wood products, as well as in testing larger-scale assemblies and building systems for various metrics such as structural performance or durability against moisture intrusion. Our access to a large network of researchers and laboratories means that we can connect you with the right expertise and equipment to get the information you need. 

When it comes to education, TDI’s philosophy is simple: everyone should have access to a range of high quality formats to learn about mass timber. To that end, we’ve put together a number of venues to engage, ranging from peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities like our (now virtual) Mass Timber Meetup group, to more hands-on activities like our annual Design/Fabricate/Build Workshop. 

Our Headquarters:
A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

Dedicated to furthering research, innovation, and collaboration, our lab is a world-class laboratory. The building serves as TDI’s headquarters and facilitates the advancement of the timber sector. We do this through applied research, product development, testing, and professional education.