Call for entries to this year’s Wood Awards


Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building in Manchester by Foster & Partners, Arnold Laver Gold Award 2016

The Wood Awards, which aims to reward “Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design”, is inviting architects and designers to submit UK-based timber projects completed in the last two years.

The deadline for entries is 26 May.

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects. An independent judging panel chaired by Michael Morrison of Purcell and Max Fraser of Spotlight Press, not only evaluates all submitted entries, but also visits the shortlisted projects, making the Wood Awards a highly rigorous competition.


Stihl Treetop Walkway, Westonbirt, by Glenn Howells Architects, Commercial & Leisure Winner 2016

Shortlisted projects will be announced in July and displayed at the London Design Festival in September. The 2017 winners will be announced at the Wood Awards ceremony on 21st November at Carpenters’ Hall in London.


Stanbrook Abbey, West Yorkshire, by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Education & Public Sector Winner 2016

With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed within the last two years can enter. Building projects must be located in the UK, while furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. The competition is free to enter and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project.


Rear staircase at Portledge House in Devon by Witcher Crawford Architects, Interiors Winner 2016

The 2017 categories will be confirmed at the shortlisting. Building categories are likely to be Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project.

The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke, Production Made and Student Designer, with the latter open to anyone currently in education or who has left education in the past 12 months.

Within the student category there are two cash prizes (£1,000 for the Winner and £500 for the People’s Choice). Other awards, such as Structural and Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion. The Arnold Laver Gold Award is given to the overall winner.

To enter or for more information visit the Wood Awards website.

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