The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has now launched its 2021 call for entries. Anyone involved in a UK-based wood project is invited to enter and has until 25th June to submit their applications. There is no entry fee.
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ elite independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects in person, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition. The Awards are split into two main categories: Furniture & Product and Buildings. The Gold Award is given to the project that the judges deem to be the winner of winners.
Jim Greaves of Hopkins Architects has been appointed as Chair of buildings judges. Jim comments, “Having been a judge for the last 17 years it is a great honour to be asked to chair the buildings panel. Despite restrictive regulatory and insurance challenges, wood has become an increasingly important construction material and it is now often the first choice for architects, designers, engineers and developers, offering lower carbon, biophilic, and regenerative solutions. As a consequence, the standard of entries for the Wood Awards has been rising year upon year and it is a great privilege to be able to assess, and learn from, the many exemplar projects being put forward for consideration.”
The 2021 buildings categories will be confirmed later this year, but they are likely to be Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project. Other awards, such as Structural and Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion.
Design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius has returned as Chair of furniture judges. The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke and Production Made. The usual Student Designer category will be postponed until 2022 to help students who have been affected by covid disruptions.
With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK whilst furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. Fitted furniture must be in the UK. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project. Entrants may submit more than one project. Entries must be submitted via woodawards.com.
The 2021 shortlist will be announced in September. The Wood Awards has ambitious plans for a novel and exciting finale to the competition, details of which will be announced in due course.