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2022 TTRAG Conference - Virtual!

From April 6-9, 2022, the Traditional Timber Frame Research Advisory Group (TTRAG) Conference will bring together experts from both sides of the Atlantic, who will gather and share their knowledge of Dutch timber framing systems and structures. This program is open to the public.

The opening and closing sessions will be live; all other sessions are recorded and available for viewing at any time throughout the conference.  After the Conference, those who wish to see they presentations should contact Eric Howard, the Exec Director for access to the recordings ( 

Dutch Culture USA, a unit of the Dutch Consulate, is proud to support this conference, which will bring more focus on Dutch architecture, and specifically timber framing, which has deep roots in the Netherlands. We also have recommended presenters from the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (Rijkdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed). This agency is the main Dutch governmental body concerned with all aspects of heritage, including buildings.


Our April program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York. The conference will be a great opportunity for Guild members and participants from around the world to expand their knowledge of Dutch timber framing and make connections with experts in Dutch architecture, culture, and heritage. 

We are pleased to not only bring back the TTRAG Conference but also bring unprecedented access through a virtual platform. What does this mean? It means you will have the opportunity to participate from the comfort of your home or office and will offer intimate access to many of the speakers. It also means that we are able to offer a discounted rate of only $95 so more Guild members and others can take advantage of this event.

And what about the tours? One of the facets of our conference that makes it such a special experience is the tour of local sites and structures, where participants can explore the architecture and building techniques employed when the building was constructed. We are pleased to bring you virtual tours as part of this year's conference - rain or shine, you'll have the opportunity to go on a guided tour, right from home. 


Wednesday, April 6

  • Welcome - Eric S. Howard, Executive Director, Timber Framers Guild (LIVE)
  • Information about conference format - Ian Stewart, Conference Chair (LIVE)
  • Message from the Dutch Consulate (LIVE)
  • "Tussenbalken en Stijlen: Netherlandish Timberframing in the New and Old World, an Introduction" - Ian Stewart
  • "Carpenters and Timber Framing in New Netherland" - Jeroen van den Hurk
  • "New World Dutch Carpentry" - Jack Sobon

Thursday, April 7

  • Tour 1
  • "Farms in the Netherlands vs. Dutch Barns in New Netherland" - Judith Toebast
  • "Conserving the 1721 Jean Hasbrouck House" - Rudy Christian
  • "Palatine Timber-Framed Houses of the Schoharie Valley" - Cindy Falk

Friday, April 8

  • Tour 2
  • "The Beatty-Cramer House and the Dutch Presence in Maryland"  - Joe Lubozynski
  • "Farm Structures and Houses in Zeeland and the Hudson Valley" - Marinus van Dintel
  • "The Restoration of a 1723 Dutch Grist Mill" - Jan Lewandoski

Saturday, April 9

  • Live Q&A Panels with Presenters (LIVE)

All information and updates for the conference will be delivered via email once you register. Each day of the conference, the recorded sessions will come directly to you, for you to watch at your convenience. 

There are two live elements to the conference, and we encourage you to attend in-person via your computer. These sessions will be the welcome on the first day and the Q&A on the final day, where you'll have the opportunity to connect with other attendees and ask questions of the presenters. 


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