Nov 05

Wood Awards inspires next generation

Students and academics from four of the UK’s most forward-thinking universities when it comes to timber in the taught environment are to be special guests at this year’s Wood Awards on 10th November 2015.

The mix of undergraduates and postgraduates from Bath, Edinburgh Napier, Newcastle and Teesside Universities will mix with some of the leading lights in structural timber design and engineering at the awards that recognises the very best in British architecture, furniture and design.

The initiative, made possible again by the organisers and sponsors of the Wood Awards, with the support of TRADA evolved 3 years ago and Geoff Rhodes, who has specifically helped develop MSc industry funded Timber Engineering scholarship at Edinburgh Napier said “We thought it be a very positive idea to continue to enable students from around the UK to see examples of how engineers or architects are using timber and wood products in exemplary ways ,”

“It would also give students the opportunity to meet with people who have done interesting and innovative work with timber and go back and talk about what they have learnt, but more importantly to use it in their professional practices going forward once qualified”.

“As we are gradually building more traction now with UK universities and working hard  as we try to inspire students of civil and structural engineering as well as architecture, about the virtues of wood and in fact all timber products  in construction and furniture ,  I  do think that access to this type of resource could be really useful into the future and beneficial.”

The initiative over previous years has been a real success as the industry tries hard to inspire the next generation to use timber and wood products in their designs. The Wood Awards perfectly demonstrates what can be achieved in timber: This initiative brings greater awareness to architects, engineers and designers of the future.

For full project information on the shortlist and winners, visit after 10th November.

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