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RIAS Wood awards

Wood for Good were delighted to continue sponsoring the RIAS Chapter awards along with Scottish Forestry this year. 

Wood for Good attended two of the chapter awards ceremonies in Autumn 2021, in Edinburgh and Dundee. Sarah from Wood for Good handing the award to Konishi Gaffney 


We joined the Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) at SpACE in Edinburgh to celebrate the Edinburgh awards. The venue also hosted a COP26 exhibition on carbon and the built environment, the perfect setting for celebrating architecture and design, particularly so many entries that used wood materials.

The Wood award in Edinburgh went to Lockerbie Sawmill. The new visitor building at James Jones & Son was designed by Konishi Gaffney and is constructed using as many James Jones products as possible. The judges comments included: 

This project celebrates material. The judges loved the powerful message of the skill of an architect to showcase everything positive about taking control of the material selection at a time when material shortages are an everyday issue.

View the full case study of the building on our website.


In Dundee, we joined the Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) to celebrate their 2021 awards. It was fantastic to meet so many architects from across the Dundee area and hear about their work. I particularly loved speaking to those who had been working on projects that are encouraging a real sense of community, health and wellbeing in their spaces through the use of natural, biophilic materials. 

The Best Use of Timber award, sponsored by Wood for Good went to Dan Aluinn Lodge by Fearn Macpherson Chartered Architects on the night. (pictured below)

Best Use of Timber

However, it wasn't the only entry that used timber in its design, check out all the winners where many put wood material centre stage.

Specific design awards for timber are a great way to showcase and celebrate innovation in timber design, and the RIAS Chapter awards are no exception. By supporting these awards, we continue to champion the interests of the sector - getting designers talking about wood.  

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