Jun 06

Calling All Students: Make Your Mark in Wood Architecture and Design

The Wood Awards is a prestigious annual competition that recognises excellence in wood architecture and design in the UK. As a student designer interested in architecture, design or woodwork, the Wood Awards is an excellent opportunity to showcase your talent, gain recognition and build your portfolio to make your mark on wood architecture and design.

One of the unique features of the Wood Awards is that it recognises not only the beauty and creativity of woodworking but also the sustainability and innovation of entries. By participating in the competition, you will be part of a community that promotes sustainable and responsible use of wood as a building material.

Being involved in the Wood Awards can have a significant impact on your career as an architect or designer. It provides valuable exposure, credibility, and networking opportunities. Additionally, the recognition can help secure future projects and collaborations.

In addition to the opportunity to highlight your work, participation can also provide valuable feedback from industry experts. The judging panel is made up of leading designers, architects, and craftspeople, enabling participants the chance to receive constructive criticism and advice from some of the most respected figures in the industry.

One of the most impressive aspects of the Wood Awards is the diversity of entries. From tiny sculptures to massive structures, the competition displays the many ways in which timber can be used to create beautiful and functional designs. Entries have included everything from intricate carved furniture to whole buildings made entirely of timber, and each one showcases the natural beauty of the material.

In addition to recognizing excellence in woodworking, the Wood Awards also helps to promote sustainability in design. As a natural and renewable material, timber is an environmentally friendly choice for construction and design. By highlighting the many ways in which timber can be used, the Wood Awards helps to encourage architects, designers, and builders to incorporate sustainable practices into their work.

Gain exposure to the industry

Entering the Wood Awards as a student provides a unique opportunity to present your work to a wider audience. Winning an award or being shortlisted can provide exposure to industry professionals, potential employers, and the general public. This can help you make a mark, establish a name for yourself within the industry and potentially lead to opportunities in the future.

Build your portfolio

Participating in the Wood Awards can also help you build your portfolio. Winning or being shortlisted for an award can add credibility to your work and demonstrate your skills to potential clients or employers. In addition, the feedback and recognition you receive can be used to enhance your portfolio and display your work to others.

Networking opportunities

The Wood Awards ceremony provides a fantastic opportunity to network with other industry professionals. You will have the chance to meet architects, designers, and furniture makers who share a passion for wood and learn from their experiences. You may even meet potential employers or collaborators who can help you grow your career.

Learning from others

Participating in the Wood Awards can also provide a chance to learn from others. By studying the work of other finalists and winners, you can gain insights into unique design techniques and learn from their successes and challenges.

Encouragement for innovation

The Wood Awards encourages innovation and experimentation with wood as a material. As a student, this can be a great opportunity to explore new techniques and push the boundaries of what is possible with wood. By submitting your work to the competition, you may also inspire others to experiment and innovate with wood.

All shortlisted furniture projects will be on display at a special exhibition with Material Matters, an influential entity in the design and materials sector, amplifying the impact and reach, as well as highlighting the synergy between wood and innovation. This exhibition will be held at Gallery@Oxo during London Design Festival on 20-23 September. All shortlisted projects will be invited to the prestigious Wood Awards Ceremony held at the Carpenters Company in November.

Previous winners include: Henry Johnson’s Veneer Stool, Elissa Brunato’s Bio Iridescent Sequin and Ellen Svenningsen’s Objekt Bord.

Enter the Wood Awards 2023 by 23 June to unveil your exceptional talent as a student designer and make your mark on the world of wood architecture and design.

As a not-for-profit competition, the Wood Awards can only happen with collaborative industry sponsorship. Major Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2023 include Carpenters CompanyAmerican Hardwood Export Council and Timber Development UK.