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Past Student Wood Awards



This year’s Third Level Student Wood Awards failed to receive sufficient sponsorship to ensure a quality competition. We are currently revising this event in consultation with stakeholders and potential sponsors with a view to securing its future and relaunching the event. Comments from colleges and WMF members appreciated ( Since the annual awards were initiated in 2004, over 150 students have received category winner, special commendation and  merit awards as well as approximately €100,000 in cash prizes. Most have gone on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, design and product development.

The Third Level Student Wood Awards received entries from 18 universities, institutes of technology and colleges of further education since the competition was launched. It has been a key event in the WMF calendar of events and we hope to relauch it in the near future but….

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Minister Andrew Doyle presents top wood awards to

Limerick, Dublin and Galway students

Most of the seven students who made the shortlist for this year’s Third Level Student Wood Awards explored traditional and contemporary timber end uses. While solid sawn timber applications formed the basis of a number of entries, today’s students are invariably attracted to engineered wood products and push timber well beyond its traditional boundaries. This approach reflects global architectural and engineering trends.

Innovative architects, engineers, wood scientists and designers are attracted to structural engineered wood products because they offer design versatility as well as the potential to specify timber for large-scale projects including bridges and multi-storey buildings as high as 53 metres.

Minister of State with responsibility for forestry Andrew Doyle presented awards in the following categories during the annual prize-giving event held in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin:


Dublin IT, Letterfrack and Bray colleges, UCD and Queen’s

University win top prizes

Download Student Wood Awards Brochure 2015

The flexibility of wood was demonstrated by students throughout Ireland at the 2015 Third Level Student Wood Awards organised by the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF). Presented by Minister of State Tom Hayes last night in the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, wood was researched for large-scale multi-storey buildings down to fashion accessories such as bow ties.

Minister Hayes acknowledged the wide range of projects after he toured the exhibition prior to the presentations. “It is fitting that the work of students is recognised by the forest industry because of its quality and because it represents an investment in the future of the sector,” he told the attendance at the awards ceremony.

Gerard Murphy, representing the main sponsor – Coillte – praised the students for producing innovative….

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Tenth annual Third Level Student Wood Awards 2015

This year the Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) launches the tenth annual Third Level Student Wood Awards in 2015. These are now regarded as the premier awards for third level students of architecture, engineering and design in Ireland who specialise in making work in timber and timber products. The awards are open to students who incorporate wood as an inherent element in their projects. Award winners have gone on to pursue successful careers in wood and related businesses and have exhibited at Irish and international shows.



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