2020 is the 50th anniversary of the Wood Awards, celebrating British architecture and product design using wood.
Established in 1971, the Wood Awards recognises, encourages and promotes outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation throughout the UK. The Wood Awards’ judging panel not only judges all submitted entries but also visits the shortlisted projects.
Anyone associated with a building or product completed in the last two years, has until 22 May to submit their applications.
Buildings must be located in the UK,furniture and other products must have been either designed or manufactured in the UK. There are no restrictions on the size or budget of a project. The Wood Awards shortlist will be revealed in July and the winners will be announced in November.
The Furniture & Product competition will be split into Bespoke, Production Made and Student Designer. The Student category offers two cash prizes (£1,000 for the Winner and £500 for the People’s Choice). The 2020 buildings categories will be confirmed later this year.
Other awards, such as Structural and Existing Building awards, can be given at the judges’ discretion. The Gold Award is given to the project that the judges deem to be the winner of winners.
The judges panel for buildings is led by three-time Gold Award winner Stephen Corbett of Green Oak Carpentry, and also includes Jim Greaves, Hopkins Architects; Kirsten Haggart, Waugh Thistleton Architects; Andrew Lawrence, Arup; Jonas Lencer, dRMM; David Morley, David Morley Architects; journalist Ruth Slavid and Nathan Wheatley, engenuiti. The furniture and product panel is led by design critic, curator and journalist Corinne Julius and includes Oliver Stratford, editor of Disegno magazine; Rod Wales of Wales & Wales; and previous winners Sebastian Cox, Eleanor Lakeland and Yael Mer of Raw Edges.
Sponsors of the Wood Awards 2020 are American Hardwood Export Council and The Carpenters’ Company. Other current sponsors include American Softwoods, Arnold Laver, Timber Trade Federation, and TRADA.