2014 Commemorative Magazine + Rising Star + WoodSolutions Seminars
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 00:00
The Australian Timber Design Awards 2014 Commemorative Magazine is now available
online or as a hard copy by contacting
Rising Star 2014 Award Winner
Each month we will feature one of the Australian Timber Design Awards winners, giving details of the project and comments from judges.
October commences with the Rising Star Award. This Award recognises young designers who have contributed considerably to the design of a project. To be eligible the designer must be the lead individual on the project, not just a part of a team contributing to a design, and the entrant must be aged 35 or under or be enrolled in fulltime study on the project completion date.
In 2014, our winner was Ricky Booth of Wolveridge Architects for Eltham South, Blairgowrie. Ricky was involved from project concept to completion; through the stages of the project he worked with Jerry Wolveridge and their clients on material choice. After considering the brief, the scale and the location of this project, Ricky felt that timber was the appropriate choice both internally and externally. From the outset the use of timber was specified as a way to create a sophisticated home that was comfortable, fun and durable.
The judges noted there was an exceptionally strong field of applicants this year. They were extremely encouraged to see young designers at the forefront in the use of timber; they hope that these designers will suport the timber industry into the future.
The judges found that the Eltham South, Blairgowrie project's detailing showed maturity beyond the age of the designer. They were particularly impressed with the contrasting use of timber to express the change from project interior to exterior. They also noted the interesting light and shadows created by the screens used as walls and roof coverings. They found the bold use of rustic recycled timber wall linings and the timber detailing astonishing, showing the designer's understanding of the materials at his disposal.
Finalists 2014 Rising Star, Excluding the Winner
Convertible Courtyards by Christopher Megowan
Little Austinmer by Alexander Symes
Lofthouse by Amy Clark
The Eyrie, Westgarth by Ben Callery
Free Timber and Interior Seminar
Join us for Timber and Interior Design Seminar 2014. This free seminar will explore how timber may be used in residential and commercial interior applications. Presenations include expert technical speakers on American and Australian hardwoods and joinery, designers of award winning projects -- and an update on development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Australian timber products for Green Star Rated interiors.
Simon Barr - Senior Associate from Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (fjmt)
Shaun Carter - Principal of Carterwilliamson Architects
Criswell Davis - sponsored by American Hardwood Export Council
Robert Breda - Director of APR Detailed Joinery
Petra Stich - Tasmanian Timber Promotion Board
Date: Thursday 13th November 2014
Venue: Tusculum, 3 Manning St, Potts Point
Time: 1.15pm for 1.30 to 4.30pm seminar
Certificates of attendance for all participants and formal CPD points for architects
or call 02 8424 3702 for further information
Australian Timber Design Award 2014 Winner Announced
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
The winners of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards were announced
on Thursday 18 September at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
The overall award went to Bates Smart (in collaboration with Irwin Alsop Group) for
Dandenong Mental Health Facility.
This exceptional project comprises a series of linked pavilions surrounding internal glazed courtyards. The
extensive use of natural timber internally in walls and ceilings and externally in cladding and exposed
structures gives the facility a residential, suburban character. This is enhanced by carefully landscaped
courtyards and external garden areas.
Many well-known individuals from government, the timber industry, and the design community were on hand to enjoy the presentation night—the premier event in the Australian timber-design calendar.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Awards. This has been one of our biggest years to date, enjoying a great deal of public interest. The success of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards—Australasia's foremost timber design and architectural awards—is due to you.
See all the winners and finalists
Timber Design Awards Presentation Night: Tickets now on sale
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Get in before it's booked out! The 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards evening will be held on 18 September 2014 at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney—a beautiful setting for a memorable night.
The winners of the 15th annual Australian Timber Design Awards will be announced at this prestigious event. The evening will consist of a fantastic three-course meal and the MC for the evening will be Rebecca Gilling, Human Resources and A/V from Planet Ark and well known Australian actress. This is a great opportunity for architects and designers to network and mix with their peers.
Tickets to the presentation night are $165 a head and are heavily subsidised by our sponsors. Tickets can be purchased
or by emailing
. For more information contact Jane Letteri on 02 8424 3702.
Details of the evening
Date: 18 September 2014
Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum
Address: 2 Murray St, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Time: 6.30pm for pre-dinner drinks for a 7:00 start of dinner and presentations
Dress: Smart Casual
RSVP: 29th August 2014
One more thing: Voting for the
People's Choice Award closes 15 August 2014.
Voting for People's Choice Award now open!
Monday, 28 July 2014 00:00
Entry closed on 27 June for the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards; we are now busy collating the text and
images from this year's projects so that the judging process can begin. The quality of the entries is very
high -- our expert judging panel will have a difficult job selecting the winners of the various categories.
Voting opened on Monday 28 July for the
People's Choice Award.
This is your chance to view all entries into this year's
Awards and to vote online for whichever entry you like best. We have a fantastic field of entries this year, so we are
certain you'll find a project to suit your taste.
The winners of the People's Choice and all Australian Timber Design Awards categories will be announced at the presentation evening on Thursday 18 September at the National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour in Sydney—please mark the date in your diary!
Vote now in the People's Choice Award
Mass Timber Seminars in Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney
Friday, 09 May 2014 00:00
A series of free
seminars will shortly be held to explore how mass timber systems are being used today in multi-residential, commercial and public building applications in Australia. The dates are:
Clare Design/Hayball and Lend Lease - Library at the Dock - Image: TDA
- Melbourne - 30th May
- Canberra - 3th June
- Adelaide - 4th June
- Sydney - 12 June
The seminar highlight will be Kerry and Lindsay Clare of Clare Designs discussing design and construction aspects of the new Library at the Dock building. This CLT and glulam structure was built by Lend Lease around the corner from the overall winner of the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards,
Forté Apartments in Victoria Harbour. Like Forté, Library at the Dock is a standout example of Australian timber design.
Industry experts will also speak on innovative use of LVL, cross-laminated timber buildings, acoustic floor systems for
commercial and multi-residential buildings and modern timber connectors. Product and service suppliers will be on hand
to discuss the solutions they can provide.
Details of the Melbourne seminar (30 May)
Details of the Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney Seminars (3rd, 4th and 12th June)
Time to get those entries in!
Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
We're now well into the entry period for the 2014 Australian Timber Design Awards.
Entries are rolling in, and our staff are on the phones non-stop answering architect queries.
A timber floor cassette is lowered into place for a five-storey, 57-apartment timber-framed building in Parkville, NSW.
Building tall with timber is a central theme of this year's Frame Australia exhibition and conference.
We're always glad to help entrants with their project submissions and to answer questions about
the Awards. But be aware that as the 27 June entry cutoff approaches, the quantity of enquiries
we're fielding will greatly increase. For us to give you the help you may need, we urge you to
get your entries in early. To get started, read the
Awards entry categories
— something there for everyone — and
fill out a registration form today!
Frame Australia 2014
If you're looking for some timber inspiration, pay a visit to
Australia's top annual engineered-timber and building pre-fabrication exhibition.
This year Frame Australia takes place on 19 May at Melbourne's Park Hyatt. International speakers will provide global updates on new timber technologies and construction techniques. There has been a lot of interest in this year's exhibition, so be sure to
Timber tour ready to go!
Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00
The overall winners of the Australian Timber Design Awards for 2011-13 have now signed up for our week-long tour of the best timber architecture in New Zealand. That leaves just a few spots still open on the tour.
Participants will visit the latest innovative timber commercial buildings -- including World Building of the Year, the Auckland Art Gallery -- and ground-breaking massive timber fabrication plants (CLT, glulam and LVL). This tour is a chance to see up-close the buildings, products and techniques that have captured global interest in Down Under timber design.
The tour runs 16-21 March 2014 and visits Auckland, Wellington, Nelson and Christchurch. Highlights include visits to:
- The Auckland Art Gallery (World Building of the Year 2013) and many other outstanding timber buildings.
- The New Zealand Timber Design Awards.
- The Wood Smart Construction Series Conference (full day).
- Manufacturers of massive-timber products (the innovations that have made tall-and-wide timber design a reality).
For more information
download the tour flyer.
To register, contact Jane Letteri on 02 8424 3700 or
Only a few spot are now left, so be quick!