Michael Lee joins CLTP Tasmania as Operations Manager

Michael Lee is one of Australia’s foremost experts in timber and widely regarded as the technical expert on Tasmanian timber. With 35 years of experience, having spent 50% of his career in industry and 50% of his time in academia, Michael’s knowledge is both technical and practical.

Michael has spent the last 10 years as the Technical Officer for the Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Tasmania.

Familiar to most architects and many builders around the country, Mick has operated the Expert Timber Helpline and the Tasmanian Timber Quality Assurance Program while continuing to carry out research with a team of PhD students into plantation grown timber. Mick has come onboard as the Operations Manager at CLTP Tasmania, undoubtedly a coup for the organisation.

Inspired by the vision and determination of the founder, Ron Goldschlager, to create a product that maximises the value from our countries existing resources to offset a massive trade deficit in timber, Michael says he is looking forward to seeing the vision come to fruition.

“The products we’re producing are really exciting, and the business’s philosophy really positions it to help transform the future of the built environment in Australia,” says Michael.

Michael joins a team that has grown to include enviable talent.

We want to maintain a very flexible and agile approach to the Mass timber market in Australia that we believe is not in existence today.

Michael Lee, Cusp Operations Manager

The International Mass-Timber Talent

CLTP Tasmania has developed a partnership with Dayne Davis, founder and CEO of Timber Design Studio.

Dayne and his team of international experts are globally experienced in Mass timber projects and are currently working on some of the largest timber projects across Europe and Australia.

Dayne and his team push the limits with innovative designs and construction methodologies to deliver a design which not only meets the architectural and structural requirements of the project but is also ready for fabrication and installation on site

The PhDs

Heading up production is Nathan Kotlarewski, a PhD in Timber Design and Product Innovation, Nathan is a Computer-Aided Design Specialist with many years’ experience working alongside Michael Lee.

Mateo Gutierrez Gonzales heads up the Technical Department, Mateo has recently completed his PhD in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering. He brings a wealth of experience to the business in this area.

This talent combination will provide confidence to the marketplace that CLTP Tasmania means business and will make an ideal partner in the built environment for future projects.

One of the main drivers in the business development to date has been to develop an “Eco-system” within the business that provides a “solution-based” approach to mass timber design and manufacturing that enables an environment for customers to attain the result that they need and not be locked into a single species or product line.

Time to Specify

In January 2021, CLTP Tasmania will have a market-ready product and a new brand that epitomises the values and vision of the founder.

For those who have been watching to see what this northern Tasmanian company is set to do, the wait is nearly over. Plantation grown CLT and GLT for Australia’s built environment will be ready to specify in the new year.