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Student Wood Awards

Third level student award category in Wood Awards Ireland 2020

The Wood Marketing Federation invited third level students to participate in Wood Awards Ireland 2020.  WMF had organised an All-Ireland Third Level Student Wood Awards competition from 2006 but this was discontinued after 2015 due to lack of sponsorship. As a result, there is no wood awards competition  in Ireland for  third level students who specialise in wood.  WAI now has a category open to third level students which acknowledges the work carried out by students, their tutors and their colleges in promoting wood usage, design and research. We are encouraged by the response but third level students deserve their own awards as they represent the new wave of  architects, designers and woodworkers.

See details of student awards in attached newsletter.

Entries were accepted under the following categories

A: Large-scale public buildings:  Emphasis on wood as a structural component. Located in Ireland or abroad….

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Information for Wood Awards Ireland – Third Level Students

Wood Awards Ireland 2020 (WAI) are open to Registered Architects, engineers, designers, woodworkers and other practitioners throughout Ireland who incorporate wood as the inherent medium in submitted projects. Supported by the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), WAI 2020 is also open to Irish practitioners based overseas. WAI is part funded by the Forest Sector Development Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Coillte and Enterprise Ireland. RIAI and the Society of Irish Foresters provide administration and promotional support. Awards ceremony on 12 November 2020 at a Dublin venue to be announced, subject to Covid-19 guidelines. Awards are designed by Michael Warren,  Ireland’s leading sculptor and honorary member RIAI.

Eligible projects must be completed during the period 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2020 and construction projects must be in compliance with the Building Regulations…..

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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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