The US Hemp Building Summit

Oct 24, 2019, 9:00 AM
Oct 25, 2019, 6:00 PM
The Argyros Performing Arts Center

About The US Hemp Building Summit

Join international hemp building experts and US hemp building leaders at the first-ever gathering of its kind in the United States: a summit to advance building with hemp-based building materials. This event will mark the formal launch of the US Hemp Building Association, a 501c6 trade organization formed to accelerate hemp building adoption in the US.


Steve Allin
Founder of International Hemp Building Association, author of "Building with Hemp"
Christopher Magwood
Executive Director, The Endeavour Centre Sustainable Building School
Alison Mears
Architect, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design
Alex Sparrow
Founder of UK Hempcrete, Author of "The Hempcrete Book"
Liam Donohoe
Lecturer at Dublin Institute of Technology
Matthew Mead
Founder & CEO of Hempitecture Inc


8 AM

Arrive at the Argyros Theatre, make yourself comfortable, and prepare to enjoy a day of inspiration

Doors Open
9 AM

Opening Remarks
Opening keynote and welcome address from Matthew Mead, founder of Hempitecture and USHBA founding member and USHBA Board of Directors

9:15 AM

Steve Allin Keynote
Hear from Steve Allin, one of the world's foremost hempcrete builders, well known for his book "Building with Hemp," and for founding the International Hemp Building Association.

10 AM

Hear from our Gold Level Supporting Sponsor who is helping make this event possible

Sponsor Address
10:15 AM

Enjoy locally roasted coffee, networking with peers, and check out sponsorship booths

Coffee & Networking

Alison Mears Keynote
Alison Mears, Professor of Architecture at the New School in New York City presents academic research from the Healthy Materials Lab on hemp building and the possibilities for the US Market

11:30 AM

US First Adopters Panel
Listen in on a panel discussion between some US first adopters of hempcrete building strategies. This panel will address the challenges, opportunities, and past successes within the US.

12:15 PM

Enjoy lunch catered by Wrap City, offering vegetarian and vegan options, while networking, and checking out sponsorship booths

1:30 PM

Chris Magwood Keynote
Chris Magwood, Founder of the Endeavour Centre, has been a long time champion and leader of sustainable building practices. Located in Canada, Chris's North American experience is particularly relevent to the rising hemp building industry

2:15 PM

Liam Donohue Keynote
Liam Donohue is an experienced researcher from Ireland who has devoted the later portion of his career to studying biobased building materials at the University of Lethbridge in Dublin.

3 PM

Into the Future Panel
International experts from different fields come together to talk about what the future of hempcrete and hemp building looks like, not just in the US, but across the world.

3:45 PM

Take this time to use the facilities, get coffee, sign up for the USHBA, and visit sponsorship booths

4:00 PM

Hear from our Gold Level Supporting Sponsor who is helping make this event possible

Sponsor Address
4:20 PM

Alex Sparrow Keynote
Alex Sparrow is an internationally renowned hemp building expert who has completed numerous projects across the UK and beyond. As author of "The Hempcrete Book," Sparrow has contributed to an internationally collected body of information helping hemp builders worldwide

5:15 PM

Call to Action - Join the USHBA
Hear from the Executive Director of the USHBA as the day commences. As the USHBA is in its infancy, the organization will need supporting members. This opportunity to build a better future will take all of us!


Official closing to Day 1 of the first US Hemp Summit ever. Cherish the memory with a group photo.

Summit Closing
5:45 - 6:30 PM

Networking Hour
Mingle in the lobby of the Argyros Theatre and visit any sponsorship booths you missed before heading across the street to the Limelight Hotel for further networking and merrymaking

6:30 onward

Limelight Hotel
Just across from the Argyros is the Limelight Hotel. Enjoy the mountain modern bar featuring fire-pits, games, a menu with meals and light fare, and reflect on an incredible day.