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Timber Design Award entries now open

Entries are now open for the prestigious 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards, and Stage One entries will close at 5pm on Monday, 30 April 2018.

With a record number of entries received in 2017 and enquiries already coming in, NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager Debbie Fergie is anticipating another record-breaking event. “These awards showcase your company’s expertise and innovation,” she explains. “Entering will definitely help you stand out from your peers!”

These awards are the premier space for architects, engineers, builders, students and others to profile their recent projects using locally sourced timber and wood-based products.

This year, the category of “multi-storey timber building design” has been added to reflect the growing acceptance of wood as a viable and cost effective construction material, whose speed of construction can help meet accommodation and office space demand across New Zealand in a timely manner.

The “Wood and Fibre Creativity Award” is a revised category celebrating original and innovative uses of wood fibre where the material has been used in unusual or unexpected ways.

“Eligible entries will be from projects completed between 1 March 2016 and 28 February 2018, and naturally projects must have significant timber content,” says Debbie Fergie. “Our nine categories retain the ‘Innovation in Student Design’ category, where students from top New Zealand Universities who work with wood will again have the chance to compete in a prestigious competition. Last year’s winners were all offered internships, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for the next generation of innovators in wood.”

Judges this year will be Pamela Bell, Prefab NZ; David Carradine, Timber Design Society; Tim Melville, NZ Institute of Architects; and Andrea Stocchero, Sustainable Architect, Scion.

Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Grand Millenium Hotel in Auckland on 20 September.

For a full list of entry criteria go to

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