|Entering the Australian Timber Design Awards|
Who may enter?Entry is open to architects, builders, building designers, engineers, and students: to anyone involved in the design or building of suitable architectural structures or elements (see the next question).
Where the original design concept provider is not the entrant, please nominate whom the original concept designer is.
What may be entered?Entries must be based on projects that make significant use of timber. Projects must be architectural structures or elements of architectural structures (this may include furniture or joinery).
Suitable projects include new buildings, renovations, interior fitouts, and outdoor timber structures such as bridges or foreshore developments. Furniture may be entered for the Furniture and Joinery Award. See the list of entry categories below. Projects must be completed by the date of entry and not prior to February 11, 2010.
All projects must be built in Australia.
A project that has previously been entered into the Australian Timber Design Awards may be entered again in 2013. It may not, however, be considered for any entry category into which it was previously submitted.
Entry ProcedureThe procedure has three parts, the first is to register the project’s entry online, the second part is to complete a tailor questionnaire on the project sent to you separately and the final part is to submit high res images by mail.
Part 1: Online RegistrationThis part is completed online using the online registration form. It allows you to register your interest, provide details of you and your project and make payment. At this point it will be required to only select an Application and any Distinction Award category as well as any noteworthy use of a timber product. Providing detailed information on the entry will occur during Part 2 of the entry procedure.
Part 2: Tailored QuestionnaireUpon receipt of your entry registration Part 2 commences. A tailored questionnaire will be emailed to you to fill out. This will include questions aimed at identifying why the project is exemplary in the chosen category and the questions will be based on what is selected on the online form. Each questionnaire will be unique to your project so be careful in considering what is selected during the online application stage.
To ensure that the judging process is conducted blind a unique entry number will be assigned to you. All questionnaire forms will have this number attached. Any other information submitted by you must also contain this number, i.e. images or plans.
Simply fill in the questionnaire and include low res images and email both back to the nominated email address. Pleased complete and submit before the close off date of 28 June 2013. Please don’t wait until the close off date to submit questionnaire as the system may become overwhelmed.
This information will be used by judges to assess your project. Each project is reviewed and further information may be sought by the judges if required.
Part 3: High Res ImagesThe same images submitted as low res for the judging process are now required to be sent in high res format. These images are used for the Awards magazine and any publicity that occurs from the Awards. These images are best sent in by mail when submitting the questionnaire but be sent no later than 12 July. Again identify these images with your contact details, project name and unique entry number.
The following flowchart illustrates the entry procedure:
What entry categories may be selected?You must choose ONE Application Category. You may also choose any or no Distinction Award Categories.
If the project has an outstanding use of a timber product please indicate this in your application.
What Application Categories are available?An entry may be considered for only ONE of the following Seven Application Categories. (The online form has questions to assist in selecting the appropriate category)
An entry into any of the first four categories may also be entered into the Interior Fit-out category. This will be considered another entry and require the payment of an additional fee.
When choosing your Application Category, go with your strength. For example, a new townhouse that is most noteworthy for its use of timber cladding should be entered in Residential Class 1 – New Buildings. If the project is, instead, most noteworthy for its interiors, the Interior Fit-out category is more suitable. And if you feel that the project would be a frontrunner in both categories... then enter it in both categories.
Phone us (on 02 8424 3700) if you need help in choosing an Application Category.
What are the Distinction Awards Categories?Your entry may be considered for any Distinction Awards for which you feel it is suitable. This is in addition to consideration for one of the above Application Categories.
The Distinction Awards comprise:
What are the Recognition Awards Categories?Consideration for Recognition Awards is at the discretion of the judging panel. Entries must contain sufficient information to warrant this consideration. For example, to be eligible for the Timber Flooring Recognition Award, an entry must comprehensively detail the location, type and unique characteristics of all timber flooring.
The Recognition Product Awards comprise:
Recognition Awards may be added or subtracted at the discretion of the judging panel. Please fill in Registration form and indicate if your entry may have noteworthy products for consideration. A tailored questionnaire will be sent to you to provide more details on these products. Judges also have the discretion to include your project in any of the above category if they see it is worthy of consideration.
What is the People’s Choice Award?All entries will be considered for this award. The general public will choose the winner via an online poll.
How is the overall Australian Timber Design Award winner chosen?Only the winners of the seven Application Category Awards will be considered for the Australian Timber Design Award. The judging panel will bestow this award on the entry that they consider to be foremost among all entries.
Lots of awards! Which are the high publicity ones?The Application Awards, the Distinction Awards and the People’s Choice Award are the most coveted. And the top award is, of course, the Australian Timber Design Award.
What does an entry comprise?Every entry must include:
Additional information is required according to (1) the Application Category selected, (2) the Distinction Categories selected (if any) and (3) the Recognition Awards for which the entry is to be considered (at the discretion of the judging panel). The Awards Submission Facility clearly details these requirements.
Typically, each award/category requires:
This information must address the targeted Application Category, Distinction category or Recognition Award. This is made clear within the Awards Submission Facility.
The Timber Development Association, Forest & Wood Products Australia and third parties selected by The Timber Development Association (e.g. Australian Timber Design Awards Partners) reserve the right to use all images, drawings and written information submitted into the Awards Submission Facility in educational and promotional activities.
Who are the judges?The 2013 judging panel will include an architect, an engineer, an interior designer and a builder. This broad representation across professions ensures that winners excel in all aspects of design.
The judges are changed from time to time and remain anonymous during the process. Usually the previous year’s winner is also invited onto the panel.
Separate industry panels, which may include sponsors, will select winners of the Product Recognition Awards.
The general public will choose the winner of the People’s Choice Award via an online poll.
Any hints?Judges are looking, in particular, for innovative and context-suitable timber use.
The judging process is blind, please don’t include company name in any written text.
When writing your design statement, make sure that every sentence addresses timber use. Tell us why your use of timber is exceptional. Don’t just target one or two Recognition Awards. These awards are judged independently of each other, so a good entry may win several Recognition Awards. This is an important feature of the competition.
In our experience, judges respond very favourably to well-written entries. Keep your average sentence length under 20 words. Begin each paragraph with a topic sentence. Keep paragraphs short. Use proper capitalisation rules – and do not capitalise for emphasis. Try to avoid the passive voice.
How much does it cost?Entry costs $295 (includes GST). This also entitles you to one ticket to the Awards ceremony. Please pay via the online registration form. To pay by cheque, please fill in and mail a printed copy of the online registration form to The Timber Development Association, PO Box 154 St Leonards NSW 1590.
When does entry open?Entry/registration opens 11 February 2013.
When does entry close?See our calendar.
How do I get started?Register for the 2013 Australian Timber Design Awards.