American hardwoods feature in Wood Awards 2022 shortlist


The American Hardwood Export Council is thrilled to announce that three projects, all produced using American hardwoods, have been shortlisted for the Wood Awards 2022.

Winners will be revealed at the annual Wood Awards ceremony on 25th November, by ceremony host David Hopkins, Director of the Timber Trade Federation.

Established in 1971, the Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture and product design in the world’s only naturally sustainable material. The Awards are free to enter and aim to encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood. The judging panels visit all the shortlisted projects in person, making this a uniquely rigorous competition.

The Awards are split into two main categories: Buildings and Furniture & Product. Within the Buildings competition there are five subcategories: Commercial & Leisure, Education & Public Sector, Interiors, Private and Small Project. Within the Furniture & Product competition there are three subcategories: Bespoke, Production and Student.



Furniture & Product, Production


Conceived during the pandemic for Discovered, a time of change, uncertainty, and rapid adaption, this furniture piece is designed with no definitive front or back, or right or wrong approach to using it.

This piece works with the user to provide a useful solution whether they are sitting, using a digital device, or perching on a high counter. Coming from a single modestly sized plank, it is also a model of sustainable design both in material choice and in its rationalised design. Each stool is made from a single oak plank, giving it consistent grain, with parts held in place through dovetail joints. The MIGO has a negative carbon footprint of -4kg CO2 equivalent, which means it stores more carbon than it emits during manufacture, distribution, and use.



Species: American Red Oak

Furniture Client: Benchmark

Designer: Pascal Hien

Furniture Maker: Benchmark

Wood Supplier: James Latham ‍

‍Location: Kintbury

Photography credits: Jason Yates



Buildings, Interiors


This elegant timber refurbishment and extension of a former church provides a flexible workspace, a community hub, an events space and a non-denominational sanctuary.

The design reconfigured the front of the building to form a new accessible front door, reception, and lobby area, creating an inviting interior and visibility from the street. A timber ‘link’ building inserted between the church and the neighbouring offices block forms a triple-height top-lit atrium with lift access to all levels. White terrazzo panels with a sculptural relief pattern are used in the external cladding and slender weather-resistant Accoya fins which lend rhythm and order to the elevation.

Internally a restrained material pallet characterises and unifies the new joinery elements of the building: American maple, birch-faced plywood and white plaster tie in with the pine ceiling of the main hall. Dappled light filters through a 6m tall delicate Maple screen, along with Maple floors, stairs and built-in furniture add attractive colouring, durability, and consistent grain. This was matched with birch-faced plywood, finished with a whitewash to enhance its light appearance.

Greyfriars Charteris Centre


Species: American Maple, Birch faced plywood, Accoya – PEFC & FSC

Architect: Konishi Gaffney Architects

Client/Owner: Greyfriars Charteris Centre

Structural Engineer: Entuitive / Forshaw Gauld

Main Contractor: SJS Property Services

Joinery Company: Old School Fabrications

Lighting Design: Francis Milloy Lighting Design

M&E Consultant: Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers

Wood Supplier: James Latham

Quantity Surveyor: Thomson Gray

Location: Edinburgh

Photography credits: ©Nanne Springer



Buildings, Education & Public Sector


Elegant and impressive, this dining hall celebrates the integrity and inherent beauty of its materials, and craftsmanship, creating a space which is both inspiring and functional for students.

The project comprises a dining hall, buttery, kitchens, and associated amenities. The faience-clad hall is a bright, airy, and efficient space by day; transforming into a dramatic ceremonial setting at night. The ash-lined buttery serves as a café and provides students socialising and study space on the balcony.

The structure was crucial to the design from the outset, in enabling a large, clear space for the hall with no interrupting supports. Each sweet chestnut glulam truss is formed of four members connected at a central node and to the full height columns each side, while above these beams a CLT roof deck lends lateral stability.

This combination of high performing engineered timber with traditional joinery achieves an elegance, revealed in the butterfly truss design, which is not only aesthetic and echoes traditional collegiate halls, but also exploits the compressive strength of timber in its structure.

Homerton College Dining Hall


Species: American Ash, Sweet Chestnut, European Whitewood/Spruce (Germany), PEFC

Architect: Feilden Fowles

Client/Owner: Homerton College

Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop

Main Contractor: Barnes Construction

Joinery Company: Classic Barfitting

Wood Supplier: Constructional Timber

Location: Cambridge

Photography credits: © Jim Stephenson & David Grandorge


Ellen Powley
Communications & Sustainability Coordinator