WoodWorks’ Wood in Architecture awards recognize excellence in mass timber, light-frame wood, and hybrid building design, celebrating design teams using wood in innovative ways to positively impact the environment, occupants, and their communities.
Nominate a Project
Submitting a project for consideration is a great way to promote your work and inspire others in the AEC+D community. Winning projects will be recognized and promoted by WoodWorks in the following ways:
- Award ceremony at the AIA Conference on Architecture & Design in Washington D.C. on June 6, 2024
- Promotional video(s) spotlighting each project
- Promotion via press release, social media (LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube), WoodWorks’ blog, and the Woodworks national newsletter (distributed to more than 100,000 AEC+D professionals)
- Printed book featuring winning projects
- Project profile with “Award Winner” designation on the WoodWorks Innovation Network (WIN) website (woodworksinnovationnetwork.org), and one-year complimentary WIN membership
Each project will be evaluated based on the following criteria.
1. Design Excellence – 250 points
Project meets the objectives for use and combines aesthetic beauty with the functional design, regardless of size. Building demonstrates elegance of detailing, as well as excellence and ingenuity in addressing technical considerations such as acoustics, fire resistance, structural, and envelope performance.
2. Innovative use of Wood – 250 points
Project demonstrates innovative use of wood in the building typology, function and design. Consideration will be given to the expression of contemporary architectural styles where wood products are used extensively in any variety of exposed or non-visible applications.
3. Sustainability & Resilience: 250 points
Wood has many attributes that make it well suited to sustainable and resilient design. It is natural and renewable, has a lower carbon impact than other structural materials, and is durable, adaptable and reusable. It can also contribute to thermal performance and biophilic design. Projects should demonstrate how wood contributed to some or all of these principles in conjunction with other efforts to achieve a high-performing structure.
WoodWorks takes inspiration from the American Institute of Architects’ Framework for Design Excellence, which includes a set of guiding principles to inform progress toward a zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built environment.
With regard to forest certification, WoodWorks supports the use of wood products from sustainably managed forests, which includes material certified through all internationally recognized certification programs (PEFC, SFI, ATF, FSC) and forests with equivalent management practices.
4. Market Impact: 250 points
This section provides an opportunity for project teams to elaborate on how the project impacts the community, its cultural significance, and the use of wood in non-traditional building types or sizes. Special consideration will be given to projects that have the potential to be easily replicated, thus positively impacting the broader design community. Consideration will also be given to projects where wood has been used to increase cost effectiveness and/or meet time constraints or other project objectives.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the criteria above by an independent jury of professionals representing architecture, engineering, construction, and/or development (AEC+D).
Submission requirements and policies:
- There is no cost to nominate a project.
- Any member of the AEC+D team may submit a project; however, design awards will be issued to the primary architecture firm.
- Projects must use wood as a dominant structural material (walls, floors, frame and/or roof).
- Single-family homes and structures other than buildings are not eligible. WoodWorks defines a building as an enclosed structure with a roof and walls. Open-air pavilions and amphitheaters are not eligible.
- Projects and their architecture firm must be located in the United States.
- Projects must be fully constructed by January 31, 2024.
- Once a nomination is submitted, WoodWorks may utilize the written project information for promotional use. With regard to photos, nominees must have photo licenses that allow promotion of winners in the context of the Wood in Architecture awards. For details, see the photo release and publicity opt-in section of the nomination form.