J. Eric Karsh

MEng, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., MIStructE, Ing
Eric began his consulting career in 1987 in Ottawa with the firm of Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd, designers of the Toronto Skydome. During his time with AAR, Eric was involved in the design of high-rises and various commercial and institutional buildings such as the New Ottawa City Hall with renowned architect Moshe Safdi.

In 1998, Eric co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Always sensitive to efficient design and careful detailing, Eric has extensive experience in all common building materials. Since his arrival in British Columbia however, Eric has become a leader in timber engineering and construction, and has earned international recognition on a number of landmark timber projects such as the multiple award-winning Prince George Airport, the Raleigh-Durham Airport expansion and the recently completed and innovative UBC Earth Sciences Building.

Eric is co-author of the widely publicized “THE CASE FOR TALL WOOD” study, featured by CNN, the Economist and National Geographics to name a few. TALL WOOD introduces a structural concept to achieve timber high-rise structures reaching 30 storeys or more. The report was adopted as mandatory reading by a number of architecture schools in North America, including Yale’s School of Architecture.

Eric has a broad experience in sustainable design and has been involved in numerous LEED projects and helped introduce the “Passivhaus” concept to Canada.

Following the Earthquake of 2010 in Haiti, Eric joined a team of seismic experts sponsored by MCEER, offering ongoing seismic seminars to engineers at Quisqueya university in Port-au-Prince.

Robert Malczyk

MASc, P.Eng., StructEng, MIStructE, MBA
Robert belongs to a rare breed of university-trained, specialized timber engineers. Following graduation with a Master’s degree from Warsaw Technical University, Robert set his eyes on Canada, for an opportunity to study at UBC under the world renowned professor and practicing engineer Borg Madsen, inventor of the now widely used timber rivet connection system.

During his last year at UBC, Robert was offered a position with J. Novacek & Associates, a leading innovative Vancouver consulting firm in the field of timber engineering. Robert spent four years with Novacek, where he carried out the structural design of a number of landmark projects such as the Odlum Drive condominium project with architect Peter Cardew and the Engine 374 enclosure at the Vancouver Roundhouse.

In 1997, Robert co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Through his career, Robert has worked on over 600 projects, several of which have received awards, including the Hooded Merganzer Restaurant in Penticton with Nick Bevanda Architect and the Art Gallery of Ontario Galleria Italia with architect Frank Gehry, one of the most complex timber structures ever built.

Robert is a long-standing member of the O86 “Engineering Design in Wood” code committee, and a member of the recently formed CLT code committee. Robert is regularly invited to lecture on the subject of timber engineering at national and international symposiums and conferences. Robert is committed to sustainability and energy performance, and was involved in the design of the first “Passivhaus” projects in Canada.