DIT student wins award for architecture in wood

14th July 2010

At the 2010 Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) Student Wood Awards, presented in Enfield last month, DIT student Brendan Joziasse was the winner in the architecture category.

Launched in 2006 by the WMF in association with Wood NI, the awards are now much sought after by third level students of architecture, engineering and design in Ireland who incorporate wood as an inherent element in their projects. This year, 10 ten universities and institutes of technology throughout the island of Ireland submitted entries in three categories ? architecture, engineering and design. The judging panel chaired by Duncan Stewart, architect and television presenter chose the three national category winners from an original entry of 25 projects. Brendan Joziasse, who is studying Architectural Technology in DIT, was the overall winner in the Architecture category. Brendan produced a comparative study on the application of engineered wood products (EWPs). The project examined the application of EWPs in a community centre in Clongriffin, North Dublin.

Brendan Joziasse, DIT (3rd from left) winner of the Architecture Category
gets advice from Duncan Stewart, one of the Judges at the Awards.
Others in the picture are Andrew Judge, Judging Panel; Sima Rouholamin,
Lecturer, DIT; Christy Conway, Chairman Wood Marketing Federation;
and Valez Picardo, Judging Panel

According to the Wood Marketing Federation, up until recently, Irish architects have opted for steel and concrete in preference to wood, which they feel is not surprising in a country without a wood culture but with a strong masonry tradition. However, this year?s Awards attracted the highest number of entrants to date and included many projects based on timber usage in a range of structures including large-scale construction.

Anne-Marie Lyster, coordinator on behalf of WMF, said "The purpose of the Awards is to increase students' knowledge of wood and its specification; to promote the use of wood as a design and building material and to promote innovative wood products. The awards demonstrate that Irish third-level colleges are now incorporating wood in engineering, architecture and design courses. The students show that they can adapt timber for a wide number of uses, ranging from large-scale construction works to projects that require small quantities of wood aimed at high added-value markets in furniture and related uses."

The competition is sponsored by the Wood Marketing Federation in association with wood-ni and each Category carried a prize of €2,000 for the winner, plus €2,000 for the college they represented.

Former Award winners of this innovative competition have gone on to pursue successful careers in wood and related businesses and have exhibited at Irish and international shows. For more information about the Wood Marketing Federation click here.

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