A record number of third level colleges entered this years national Student Wood Awards. Sixteen winning college entries from ten universities and institutes of technology throughout Ireland – north and south – made it to the national awards.
Andrew Judge, a director of Hamilton Young Architects, was part of the judging panel, with Duncan Steward and Valez Picardo, who selected the winning entry in the architecture category.
The winner of this year’s architecture award was Brendan Joziasse (Dublin Institute of Technology) for producing a comparative study on the application of engineered wood products (EWPs). The project examined the application of EWPs in a community centre in Clongriffin, North Dublin.
From left, Andrew Judge, judging panel, Duncan Stewart, chair of the judging panel, Brendan Joziasse (DIT) winner of the engineering section at the 3rd Level Student Wood Awards, Sima Rouholamin, lecturer and course co-ordinator, DIT, Christy Conway, Chairman Wood Marketing Federation and Valez Picardo, judging panel.
Launched in 2006 by the Wood Marketing Federation in association with Wood NI, the awards are now much sought after by third level students of architecture, engineering and design in Ireland who incorporate wood as an inherent element in their projects.
The objective of the awards is to encourage students to explore functional, aesthetic and design aspects of wood and wood products. The awards are judged by professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, design, forestry, wood processing, craft and manufacturing.