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Kyra Wood

Research Fellow in Timber Design and Production, Regional Research
Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood, School of Architecture and Design

Room T40B Brooks Road , Newnham Campus

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Dr Kyra Wood is an experienced design academic and research project manager with a professional background in architecture and design. Her current research focusses on timber design and production for regenerative architecture at the University of Tasmania’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood. She works regularly with partners in the Australian timber and construction industries as well as several interstate and overseas research institutions.

Kyra supervises post-graduate students at the University of Tasmania and as an adjunct at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is passionate about supporting early career researchers and postgraduate students to thrive in their chosen fields of research.

Biography

Prior to commencing work as a timber researcher, Kyra worked as a registered architect in Adelaide (not currently practicing). She completed a PhD in architecture at the University of South Australia in 2018 titled: ‘Collaborative urban design for stakeholder engagement in world cultural heritage conservation: a practical study in the context of the citadel wall in Hue, Vietnam’. She is highly experienced in and dedicated to bringing together diverse groups of stakeholders to collaborate on complex or ‘wicked’ problems in relation to sustainable building and urban development challenges, having coordinated projects in multiple contexts including in Australia, Japan, South Korea and Vietnam. Although her research focus is currently on timber design and production, she maintains an ongoing interest in critical design ethnography and applies her background experience in collaborative design engagement in cross-cultural contexts to her current role managing various research projects that straddle the needs of the timber and design communities, where similarly complex challenges and diverse stakeholder groups exist.

Kyra joined the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood in 2019, and was quickly recruited as the principal researcher and team leader for two Launceston-based National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NIFPI) projects focusing on timber durability. These pilot NIFPI projects were jointly funded by the Federal Government, state governments and industry to support small-scale, short-term collaborative research, and in 2022, the Australian Federal Government committed a further $100 million to a major NIFPI centre in Australia for ongoing research over the next 4-5 years that directly builds on the successes of three pilot NIFPI centres – in Launceston, Mount Gambier and Gippsland.

In 2022, Kyra was nominated and selected as the inaugural Australian Ambassador for Women in Wood Science by the International Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), and is currently serving as a member of the SWST Emerging and Critical Issues Committee. She was recently invited to join the University of Queensland’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Research Hub to Advance Timber for Australia’s Future Built Environment as a chief investigator.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis Title

University

Country

Date Awarded

Doctor of Philosophy (Architecture)

Collaborative urban design for stakeholder engagement in world cultural heritage conservation: a case study of the citadel wall in Hue, Vietnam

University of South Australia

Australia

2018

Bachelor of Architecture

-

University of Adelaide

Australia

2007

Bachelor of Design Studies Sustainable Urban Design (First Class Honours)

Off the beaten track: pathways to sustainable urban design

University of Adelaide (Waseda University Tokyo)

Australia (Japan)

2005

Bachelor of Design Studies

-

University of Adelaide

Australia

2003

Japanese Language Studies, 1a – 2b

-

University of Adelaide

Australia

2003

Memberships

Committee associations

  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) Emerging and Critical Issues Committee member, 2023 - ongoing
  • Inaugural Australian Ambassador for SWST Women in Wood Science, 2022-2023

Administrative expertise

  • Principal researcher and project leader, NIFPI research projects/National University Wood Challenge
  • Project manager and liaison, T40 Building Renovation and CSAW Relocation
  • Contract administration and project management, various built works at Kilpatrick Architecture.

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Expertise

Dr Kyra Wood has broad range of research interests and expertise, encompassing multidisciplinary quantitative, qualitative and creative research methodologies. Her research interest spans wood science (specifically timber durability and preservation), design for durability, innovation in timber production and manufacturing, architectural and urban design, critical design ethnography, sustainable urban design, digital and vernacular heritage conservation, and emerging approaches to collaborative community engagement.

Collaboration

Kyra collaborates closely on a regular basis with a broad range of local Tasmanian, Australian and international timber and design industry partners. She also collaborates with partners at various national and international research institutions, including the Danish Technological Institute, Oregon State University, University of British Columbia, University of Gottingen, Bern University, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Melbourne, University of South Australia, and University of Queensland.

Awards

  • Australian Women’s Ambassador Creating the Future of Wood Science, 2022-2023
  • National University Wood Challenge finalist, Forest and Wood Products Australia, 2021
  • CoSE Research Grant Application Incentive Scheme recipient, University of Tasmania, 2020
  • School of Art, Architecture and Design HDR International Travel Award, University of South Australia, 2012
  • Asian Women’s Consultative Council Travel Award, Adelaide, South Australia, 2012
  • Research Training Program PhD Scholarship (formerly APA), Australian Government, 2011
  • PhD Top-up Scholarship, University of South Australia, 2011
  • Hiijas Kasturi Architecture Prize, University of Adelaide, 2007
  • Mawson Lakes Fellowship University of Adelaide/Waseda University Tokyo, 2003 - 2005
  • Alan Correy Landscape Design Award, University of Adelaide, 2003

Fields of Research

  • Architectural science and technology (330105)
  • Public participation and community engagement (330405)
  • Architectural heritage and conservation (330103)

Research Objectives

  • Timber materials (120306)
  • Social ethics (130304)

Publications

Total publications

11

Journal Article

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Nichols J, Wood K, Fong D, Avey S, Dewi C, et al., 'The Aceh Method': archiving the endangered languages of vernacular architecture', International Journal of Intangible Heritage, 15 pp. 42-59. ISSN 1975-3586 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Hassan B, Morrell JJ, Wiesner F, Wu W, Belleville B, et al., 'Effect of densification of Eucalyptus nitens and E. obliqua on moisture uptake, swelling, decay resistance, and fire performance', Proceedings the 2022 IRG Annual Meeting, 29 May - 02 June 2022, Bled, Slovenia, pp. 1-9. (2022) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2020Hassan B, Morrell JJ, Wood K, 'Effect of a water repellent treatment on moisture behavior of three Australian hardwoods: A preliminary report', Proceedings IRG Annual Meeting 2021, 01-02 November 2021, online, pp. 1-16. ISSN 2000-8953 (2020) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2020Wood KC, Morrell JJ, Leggate W, 'Enhancing the durability of low durability Eucalyptus plantation species: A review of strategies', Proceedings IRG Annual Meeting 2020, 10 - 11 June 2020, online, pp. 1-19. ISSN 2000-8953 (2020) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2012Wood KC, 'Displacement for conservation: one of the adverse impacts of cultural world heritage management in Hue, Vietnam', 2012 (2012) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Wood KC, 'Collaborative urban design for stakeholder engagement in World Cultural Heritage conservation: a practical study in the context of the citadel wall in Huế, Vietnam' (2017) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Wood K, Leggate W, Robinson R, Meldrum SI, Belleville B, et al., 'Increasing the Durability, and Other Material Characteristics of Tasmanian Hardwoods', Final Report, National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, Australia, NIF078-1819, pp. 1-88. (2022) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Leggate W; Meldrum SI

2022Wood K, Morrell JJ, Hassan B, Meldrum SI, Leggate W, et al., 'New Methods of Reliably Demonstrating Species Durability in Commercially Relevant Time Frames', Final Report, National Institute for Forest Products Innovation, Australia, NIF108-1819, pp. 1-73. (2022) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Meldrum SI; Leggate W

2021Wood K, 'The Tasmanian women making waves in the built environment', Tasmanian Timber, Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board, Australia, 5 March 2021 (2021) [Magazine Article]

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2021Wood K, Ettelaei A, Hou J, 'Optimising the Adhesive Performance of Engineered Wood Products Made from Tasmanian Plantation Hardwood', Executive Summary, National University Wood Challenge, University of Tasmania, Australia, 05 December 2021, pp. 1-10. (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: Ettelaei A; Hou J

2020Wood K, 'Timber durability study', Tasmanian Country Hour, ABC Radio, Australia, 08 July 2020 (2020) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$1,572,930

Projects

Optimising the adhesive performance of mass timber products made from fibre-managed Eucalyptus nitens (2021)$20,000
Description
The primary aim of this study is to optimize the adhesive performance of glued laminated timber (GLT) and cross laminated timber (CLT) made from fibre-managed Eucalyptus nitens. The research will use a mixed methods approach, including literature review, sample prototyping with various processing parameters, testing and data analysis. The output is required to be a two-minute video which will be judged by the competition sponsors against three other selected finalists in the competition.
Funding
Forest & Wood Products Australia Limited ($20,000)
Scheme
National University Wood Challenge
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wood K; Ettelaei A; Hou J; Meldrum SI; Taoum A
Year
2021
Investigating the movement of moisture in mass timber elements made from Eucalyptus nitens (2020)$7,680
Funding
University of Tasmania ($7,680)
Scheme
null
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wood K
Year
2020
Sensing technology and digital tools to support decision-making in hardwood timber drying (2019 - 2021)$358,750
Description
A Tasmanian based project aiming to develop and validate a timber drying technology suite with an accompanying decision support tool 'app', for higher value product recovery across the wider timber industry in Australia and overseas.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($315,000)
Collaborators
Britton Timbers ($20,000); McKay Investments Pty Ltd ($3,750); Porta Mouldings Pty Ltd ($5,000); Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Lee MW; Vega Rivero MH; Williams DR; Wood K
Period
2019 - 2021
Developing Laminated structural elements from fibre-managed plantation hardwood (2019 - 2022)$245,000
Description
This project will develop the grading, jointing and gluing expertise and results necessary for the productionof structurally reliable glue laminated elements from boards from a fibre-managed plantation hardwoodresource.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($200,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Nolan G; Taoum A; Sigrist C; Wood K
Period
2019 - 2022
New methods of reliably demonstrating species durability in commercially relevant timeframes. (2019 - 2021)$275,000
Description
This project explores ways in which to demonstrate acceptable durability of natural and modified Tasmanian hardwood species in commercially relevant timeframes, tests material not covered by current durability standards, and establishes longer duration comparative trials of testing processes and material performance.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($275,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation
Research Team
Wood K; Morrell J; Nolan G
Period
2019 - 2021
Increasing the durability and other material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwoods (2018 - 2021)$330,000
Description
This project focuses on increasing the desirable material characteristics of Tasmanian hardwood species: Tasmanian oak and plantation hardwoods, for use in several product groups: sawn appearance board, cladding, veneer-based products and glue assembled products: glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT).
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($320,000)
Collaborators
Neville Smith Forest Products ($5,000); Sustainable Timber Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wood K; Kotlarewski NJ; Lee MW; Vega Rivero MH; Ozarska B; Belleville B; Nolan G
Period
2018 - 2021
Developing a New Generation of Tasmanian Appearance Hardwood Products for In-State Design and Manufacturing (2018 - 2022)$336,500
Description
This project will develop a new generation of hardwood appearance products for manufacture in-state using current and new technologies from the available native, reclaimed, and plantation resources.
Funding
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($270,000)
Collaborators
Britton Timbers ($10,000); Forico Pty Ltd ($10,000); McKay Investments Pty Ltd ($10,000); SFM Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd ($10,000); Ta Ann Tasmania ($6,500); Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board ($20,000)
Scheme
Grant-Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wallis LH; Kotlarewski NJ; Nolan G; Wood K; Lee MW; Ozarska B; Belleville B; Power J
Period
2018 - 2022

Research Supervision

Current

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDIncreasing the Durability and Other Material Characteristics of Tasmanian Hardwoods2020
PhDIdentifying and Modelling the Causes of Process-induced Discolouration of Hardwood Timber to Prevent its Occurrence During Drying: A case study using Tasmanian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon)2021