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2017 Timber Design Awards Finalists Announced!

NZ Wood has announced the eagerly-awaited Stage One Finalists for the Resene Timber Design Awards 2017.

“We’re delighted to have had strong support again this year,” said Debbie Fergie, NZ Wood’s Promotion Manager. “Our stand out this year has been multiple entries by architects and designers.”

She explained that competition had been extremely tight, with many entries missing out by only one point. “Thank you to everyone who entered the awards,” she said. “We hope you will be encouraged to enter again in the future.”

Stage Two of the judging process will take place on February 8, when category winners and the supreme winner will be decided. All winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland on 9 March 2017.

This year’s judging panel comprises professionals from a variety of engineering and architectural backgrounds, who are eminently qualified to assess the innovation displayed and quality exhibited.

Dr Michael Newcombe– BE Civil (Hons), MSc, PhD, CPEng –  is a Director and Senior Structural Engineer at Enovate Consultants and has a masters from the European School for Earthquake Engineering and a Doctorate in the design of multi-storey timber buildings. His recent professional experience includes over two years as general manager of an Auckland-based structural engineering office, designing and reviewing numerous residential, industrial and commercial structures. While proficient with concrete and steel design, he is sought after as a timber technology expert by a broad range of clients and teaches timber engineering at professional seminars and University.

Architect Pip Cheshire is a fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, a member of the Auckland City Council Urban Design Panel, and Green Star Accredited Professional. He is the founding principal of Cheshire Architects Ltd (2004), a move that followed 13 years with Jasmax as a director and, later, managing director.

Dr Duncan Joiner, Chief Architect with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has experience in architectural practice, research and education. He holds a PhD from London University, is a fellow of the NZIA and a life member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ).

In addition, the Novel Application of Fibre Award will be judged by Doug Gaunt, a civil engineer with extensive research experience. Gaunt is Science Leader, Wood and Fibre at Scion in Rotorua. He specialises in all aspects of timber engineering and leads research into new timber products and systems.

Finalists selected in the categories are:  Click here

THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!

For more information about the Awards go to NZ Wood Resene Timber Design Awards 2017.

Or to find out more on sponsoring the Timber Design Awards, contact debbie@wpma.org.nz