The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has launched its 2022 call for entries. Anyone involved in a UK-based wood project is invited to enter and has until 1 July 2022 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, “I am pleased to be asked to continue chairing the judges for the buildings panel. As the construction industry seeks to work in greater harmony, with our natural world, it is increasingly turning to wood as the material of choice. We see this reflected in the Wood Awards, where every year the standard for entries continues to climb. It is a great privilege to be able to assess, and learn from, the many exemplar projects being put forward for consideration.”
The 2022 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 Student Designer category is being reintroduced in 2022 to celebrate the work of students after the disruption many experienced in previous years from Covid.
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 2022 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.
Enter your project now via www.woodawards.com/enter.
You can also view the Wood Awards 2021 winners at: www.woodawards2021.online.
As a not-for-profit competition, the Wood Awards can only happen with collaborative industry sponsorship. Major Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2022 include Carpenters Company, AHEC, and Timber Development UK.
American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC)
For over 30 years the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) has been at the forefront of wood promotion in Europe, successfully building a distinctive and creative brand for U.S. hardwoods. AHEC’s support for creative design projects such as Discoverd, Connected, and MultiPly for the London Design Festival demonstrate the performance potential of these sustainable materials and provide valuable inspiration.
AHEC has pioneered the modelling of environmental Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for hardwoods, an approach that has since been adopted by other industries. LCA measures a number of impacts: primary energy demand (from renewable and non-renewable resources); global warming potential; acidification potential; eutrophication potential; and photochemical ozone creation potential.
The Carpenters’ Company is a City of London Livery Company. The Company was originally established as a medieval trade guild to safeguard the welfare and interests of carpenters in the City of London. Today, charitable activities and support for the craft of woodworking through scholarships, competitions and the Building Crafts College are the two cornerstones of its work.
Timber Development UK
Timber Development UK has been formed from the merger of two of the largest and longest established organisations in the supply chain, the Timber Trade Federation (TTF) and Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA).
Bringing these two associations together as one will create the largest, most comprehensive supply chain body in the UK, spanning from sawmill to specifier and all points in between. We want to use this new organisation to capitalise on the growing interest in designing with timber and to act as an agent of change towards more sustainable, low carbon forms of construction.