The WAN Wood in Architecture Award 2018 celebrates the structural and aesthetic mastery behind the world’s most imaginative timber structures. Whether commercial, public or private, we’re searching for pioneering projects that take this highly distinctive material to new and exciting places.

The ongoing sustainability challenges currently facing architecture, ensure that wood, being one of the most versatile building materials available, remains a strong contender for a wide range of applications within today’s buildings. Renewable and durable with a highly distinctive appearance, this versatile substance continues to inspire new directions in timber design, particularly within the burgeoning prefabrication market.

A panel of experts will be judging the entries, each of whom has been handpicked for their extensive experience and unwavering commitment to progressing design excellence within this sector. Recognition from these luminaries will enhance the profile of your practice and significantly expand your global footprint.

Judging Criteria

The judges will use their experience in the sector to assess your project on a number of factors to get to the short list including; Originality, Innovation, Form, Function, Sustainability and Context.

The shortlisted projects will then be tested to see whether your design has:

  • Addressed any key challenges within the client brief
  • Pushed the accepted boundaries for this building type

Presentation is also of great importance, and judges will be looking for your ability to communicate the 'story' of your building, from the initial concept through to its completion.


The competition is open to all projects built during the last three full calendar years, on or after 01 January 2015.

Entry Fees

  • £375 +VAT (Early bird - valid before 30 March)
  • £425 +VAT (Standard - valid between 30 March - 12 June)

Winner 2017: Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre, Studio Andrew Todd

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