Let the Awards come to you
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 00:00
The organisers of the Australian Timber Design Awards
can now bring a range of inspirational and technical CPD presentations
to your workplace. You name a time and date.
2010 Residential Class 1 - New Buildings - Richard Cole Architecture -
Feedback from recent attendees has been very positive:
Current topics include:
"Great presentation! Thanks" -
"The best seminar I've been to for years, congratulations!" - member of SEA Learning Group
"Fantastic! Thank you" -
CplusC Design Construct
And yes, CPD hours/points can be earned by attending a presentation.
- Inspirational Projects (local & international, focusing on
Australian Timber Design Awards winners)
- Wood Terminology, Properties & Specification
- Design for Durability
- Using Wood in Bushfire Prone Areas
- Maximising Green Star Ratings with Wood
- Wood & Sustainable Building
- Fire Safety of Wood in Multi-Res. & Commercial Buildings
- And more.
Presentations are offered throughout NSW and ACT, subject to minimum numbers. Our partner
organisations in other states also offer the presentations.
The presentations are sponsored by
-- the forest and wood product industry's information
channel to design and building professionals.
For more information or to book
And don't forget... to get your entry in before the June 17 cutoff date!
What we're seeing
Thursday, 12 May 2011 00:00
Entries for the
Australian Timber Design Awards are rolling in as we approach the submission cut-off date (17 June). Judging by
these entries, 2011 will be a very good year for the Awards. The standout feature of entries thus far is sustainability:
we've never seen such attention paid to the environmental benefits of designing in wood. (You'll see
this for yourself when voting opens for the People's Choice Award in July.)
From our archives: 2010 Outdoor Timber - ManoArchitects with Jenny Hien -
If you're not among these early entrants but you have a project that you think could be a winner, here's
a tip: get your entry in before the end of May. It might take you some time to put your project details into
our online submission facility, so don't wait until the last minute. And if you start early, we'll have
more time in which to help you with your entry (just give us a call).
Want to see what it's all about? Have a look at our
last year's winners.
And when you're ready to start on your online entry,
sign up for the 2011 Awards.
(You may add to and modify your entry up until 17 June.)
Tell us what you've seen!
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 00:00
Know of a great recent example of timber use in architecture? The Australian Timber Design Awards
is always on the lookout for fresh, innovative timber design. If you've seen a new building, a
renovation or a fitout that you think could excel in any of this year's many
contact us now.
We'll review the project and get in touch with the designer.
From our archives: 2005 Environmental Commitment - Morris Nunn + Associates - IXL Development
Think you might have a suitable project of your own? Have a look at our
we're certain you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to begin your online entry submission (you may add to or modify it at any time up until close of entries on June 17),
sign up for the 2011 Awards!
Big trends in timber design
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:00
Over the past twelve years, the Australian Timber Design Awards has witnessed a sea change in timber
design. If you're thinking of
entering the Awards,
it's worth being aware of the five biggest trends making up this change:
From our archives: 2004 Australian Timber Design Award - Dawson Brown Architecture - Bungan Beach House
Think you've got what it takes to be a timber design trendsetter? See our expanded range of
and fill out an
Awards registration form
Sustainability. Public demand for low carbon footprint buildings has seen
unprecedented innovation in Australian timber design. Projects such as Melbourne's
are the way of the future, achieving carbon neutrality through a rich spectrum of timber products.
Complex design. Architects are increasingly using timber in technically
complex designs. See, for instance,
this innovative use of paper-backed veneer
Engineered wood products innovation. Designers are recognising the structural
and aesthetic qualities of a new generation of engineered wood products -- products that
allow rapid construction of sturdy timber-based buildings. Projects such as
The National Portrait Gallery,
from 2009, indicate the potential of these innovations.
Waugh Thistleton's acclaimed nine storey
exemplifies the use of structural timber in mid-rise buildings. This recent trend is also
evidenced by the growing popularity of two or three storey commercial and multi-residential
timber framed buildings.
Broader palettes. Entries into the Awards have featured increasingly varied
timber palettes. Designers now favour native Australian timber species and naturally
coloured -- rather than dyed -- veneers and panels.
Get inspired and size up the competition
Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00
Need a little timber design inspiration? Have a look at our
Timber Inspiration Gallery,
now updated with images from last year's Australian Timber Design Awards.
The flooring section of the Timber Inspiration Gallery
Browse the flooring section to see the very best in timber flooring. If you're interested in
exterior uses of timber, see the decking, cladding and landscaping sections. And if you're thinking
about entering the 2011 Awards, the Timber Inspiration Gallery is a great means of sizing up
You'll find yet more inspiration in the
2010 Australian Timber Design Awards Magazine.
This full colour slideshow contains images of all winning entries from 2010. And yes, this too
is a great means of gauging your competition.
But you can't be in competition until you sign up. So if you've got a project which you think
could be a winner, check out the expanded range of
and fill out a
today. Remember, entries close June 17!
Enter the 2011 Australian Timber Design Awards!
Friday, 11 February 2011 00:00
Entries have now opened for the 12th annual Australian Timber Design Awards.
Big news in 2011 are the growing international opportunities for Awards winners: this year's winners will
automatically be entered into the Trans-Tasman Timber Design Awards and the 2012 International
Timber Design Awards.
There are now five Application Awards:
- Residential Class 1 - New Buildings
- Residential Class 1 - Best Renovation
- Public or Commercial Buildings
- Interior Fitout
- Outdoor Timber - Stand-alone structures.
Entries may be considered also for eight Recognition Awards (previously the "Best Use Of"
Awards). Additional awards include the Sustainability Award, the Small Budget Projects Award,
... and the hugely popular People's Choice Award.
Entries close June 17. National winners will be announced in mid September at the Awards Presentation Night
Get started by reading through the
we're certain you'll find one to suit your project. When you're ready to begin your
online entry submission (you may modify or add to it at any time up until the close of entries),
sign up for the 2011 Awards!
Get your name in lights – and your small budget project seen
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:00
Your client loves it and you know you've designed something special... but it's a small budget
project. How to highlight it in your portfolio?
Enter it for the Small Budget Projects Award in the Australian Timber Design Awards!
This new award honours timber design excellence in projects costing under $200K – projects of big
interest to the residential market. We've never overlooked small budget projects, but public demand
is the driver here: small businesses and homeowners tell us they want to see
more small budget timber design.
Get ahead of your competitors in meeting this demand: start thinking now about your
entry for the Small Budget Projects Award. If you'd like to know more, call us on 02 8424 3700. Competition
opens February 11.
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