The Wood Marketing Federation has launched Wood Awards Ireland 2014, a major new competition aimed at registered architects, engineers and designers who feature wood as an inherent medium in construction and design projects. Supported by the RIAI, WAI promotes wood as a sustainable material in innovative projects in Ireland and overseas. It acknowledges and rewards registered architects, engineers, designers and wood workers for creating work incorporating wood as the main but not necessarily the only element in their projects. Submissions are welcome from Irish and overseas based practitioners who complete work for domestic and international markets. Closing date for entries: 16 July 2014. Further information including entry forms can be downloaded from the Wood Marketing Federation website www.wood.ie.
Sustainable timber sourcing and usage is a key element of the project with emphasis on energy efficiency. Wood will be accepted in sawn form, engineered or in composite structures providing the timber has been sourced in sustainably managed forests and conforms to the EU Timber Regulation.
You can also download the Entry Form here
Submissions will be accepted under the following categories:
- Large-scale construction with limited or open public access – open to public and commercial buildings, commissioned by public or private clients. Building projects such as schools and universities, local government buildings, offices, hotels, restaurants, libraries and hospitals will be accepted.
- Small-scale private construction – to include privately funded projects for private or community clients. Open to residential properties either new build or extensions.
- Restoration – open to public and private projects that emphasise the creative use of wood in conservation, restoration and repair.
- Structural – entries accepted for structural projects (not included above). To include timber bridges, boardwalks, shelters, decking and other internal and external structural projects.
- Furniture – projects will be accepted from designers, furniture makers and other woodworkers or collaborations between designers and makers. Entries accepted for: Bespoke furniture – to include one-off pieces. Production furniture – open to single or ensemble pieces, produced in commercial quantities.
- Other – internal and external functional and non-functional works including: large and small-scale to include permanent or temporary works (could include, garden buildings, shelters, playground features, staircases and crafts while non-functional projects such as sculpture will be accepted.
Entrants should complete the WAI14 entry form including 300-350 word description of the project. This should be accompanied by relevant drawings and at least 10 high quality photographs of the entry, not less than, 1800KB (1.8MB) per image. These may be produced in the catalogue of finalists published prior to the awards ceremony.
The judging panel will create a shortlist based on entry description including photography and drawings. All shortlisted entrants will be visited by the judging panel comprising architects, engineers, designers and other relevant specialists. Short listed international projects will be judged on the basis of additional material including videos and follow up conference calls.
Project inspection and conference calls for international projects: August-September 2014; Selection: 23rd September 2014
Prizewinners’ announcement: 28th November 2014 at a gala event at a Dublin venue (to be announced).
Entries and accompanying information by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dropbox or similar link, or post to the Wood Marketing Federation,
by 16th July 2014
WAI is organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and supported by the RIAI. The project receives funding and sponsorship from COFORD (National Council for Forest Research & Development), Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine, AHEC (American Hardwood Export Council), Coillte, and Enterprise Ireland with support from RIAI. The Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) was founded in 1989 to promote wood, sourced in sustainably managed forests. Its promotional programme covers wood processing, manufacture, design and usage from traditional applications to product innovation and treatment.