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Wood Awards Ireland 2024

Closing Date 31.07.2024

WOOD AWARDS IRELAND 2024 (WAI24) is open to Registered Irish architects, engineers, designers, woodworkers, PhD students, and researchers, working in Ireland – north and south – or overseas, who incorporate wood as the inherent medium in their projects.

WAI is a collaboration between Forest Industries Ireland and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), and supported by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, Design & Crafts Council Ireland and the Society of Irish Foresters.

Eligibility timeline:

Eligible projects need to be completed during the period 1 August 2021 and 31 August 2024.

Award categories

  1. Large-scale public and private buildings – emphasis on wood as a structural and design component.  Architectural input from practising architect members of the MRIAI  and/or RSUA.
  2. Small-scale private buildings – emphasis again on wood as a structural  and design component.  Architectural input from practising architect members of the MRIAI  and/or RSUA.
  3. International award – best overseas project in categories A-G (MRIAI and/or RSUA members for all
  4. Restoration and conservation – buildings, furniture, boats, etc
  5. Furniture: a) bespoke; and/or b) production – to cater for small craft and design outlets to larger production.
  6. Innovation and research. Including functional and non-functional work: Wood Local (local sourcing, processing and making); Wood Innovate (creative, sculptural, conceptual); c) Wood Work (craft and related woodwork) );  Research (research into new uses for wood ) from researchers and PhD students.

Judging and award timetable

Awards will be assessed by a judging panel, comprising Registered Architects, engineers and designers. A shortlist will be published in September. The judges may visit some projects where necessary before making a final decision. Notice will be given of visits and where possible applicant should be present. In addition to information above, the judges will accept l imagery such as videos and YouTube posts for international projects. Judges decisions are final.

How to Enter

  • One application form per entry, which should be accompanied by at least four photographs.
  • All photographs must be saved to identify author,  project name and photographer in the file name.
  • Entries, photographs, drawings, illustrations and PDF of poster boards to be submitted by email ([email protected]) by 31 July 2024.
  • One A1 poster board (594 x 841mm, card or board) for each project containing relevant information on project (description, drawings and photographs) including entrant’s name. Posters to be in portrait
  • Poster boards to be dropped in to RIAI HQ, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 by 2 August Applicants who may not be able to print and deliver A1 boards should contact Print and Media (oscar@pmp) who can organise the printing and delivery on receipt of suitable high res PDFs for a fee of €45.

Entry fee

To mark the 10th anniversary of the awards, there is no entry fee this year.

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