The Wood Awards: Excellence in British Architecture and Product Design has launched its 2019 call for entries
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood in projects throughout the UK. An independent judging panel not only judges all submitted entries, but also visits the shortlisted projects, making the Wood Awards a uniquely rigorous competition.
The Awards have become a mark of excellence in architecture and design, with past Gold Award winners including Foster + Partners for Maggie’s at the Robert Parfett Building in Manchester, 6a architects for Coastal House, Devon and, most recently, MUMA for Storey’s Field Centre and Eddington Nursery in Cambridge.
With permission from the owner, anyone associated with a building or product completed in the past two years can enter. Buildings must be located within the UK, while furniture and other products must have been designed or manufactured in the UK. Fitted furniture must be in the UK. Entry is free and entrants may submit more than one project. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project. Entries must be made via the Wood Awards website at woodawards.com.
The Wood Awards deadline for entries is Friday 24 May 2019. The shortlist will be announced in July and the winners at the Wood Awards ceremony on 19 November 2019 at Carpenters’ Hall in London. The shortlisted projects will be on display at the ceremony and during the London Design Festival in September.
The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke, Production Made and Student Designer, which is 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).
The 2019 Buildings categories will be confirmed later this year. These 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.
The Buildings panel is led by three-time Gold Award winner Stephen Corbett of The Green Oak Carpentry Co. The panel includes Andrew Lawrence, Arup; Adam Richards, Adam Richards Architects; Kirsten Haggart, Waugh Thistleton Architects; Nathan Wheatley, Engenuiti; David Morley, David Morley Architects; James Greaves, Hopkins Architects; Jonas Lencer, dRMM; and journalist Ruth Slavid. The Furniture & Product panel is led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius. The panel includes Oliver Stratford, editor-in-chief of Disegno magazine; Rod Wales of Wales & Wales; and previous winners Yael Mer of Raw-Edges, Eleanor Lakelin and Sebastian Cox.
For further information and to enter the Wood Awards competition online, please visit: woodawards.com