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IWPA Awards for Excellence

Creating compelling and unique designs for both residential and commercial spaces often begins with exotic woods. They are recognized for their beauty, warmth and durability, and can transform any project into an award winner.

Now entering the 4th year, the 2013 IWPA Awards honor excellence in architectural or design work in aesthetic, innovative and environmental excellence.  From the forest to the use of exotic woods in small spaces or tall buildings, and anything underneath like plywood, IWPA wants to see all the possibilities.  The awards program also shows how the increased specification and use of tropical wood products leads to the expansion of sustainable forest management and supports forest-dependent communities.

Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013

This annual awards competition is open to both members and non-members alike, and individuals or companies including architects/designers are invited to enter. The winners will be announced during a special presentation at the IWPA convention, April 17-19, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia and featured in IWPA's award-winning International Wood magazine. 

There is no limitation on the number of nominations you may submit, however each nomination must be written to address the specific criteria of each award category. The three categories are as follows:

  • Aesthetic Excellence: For company incorporating imported wood species in visible applications.
  • Environmental Excellence: For company making practical and inspiring advancements in forest conservation.
  • Innovative Excellence: For company implementing innovative solutions to using, manufacturing and marketing wood products.

Previous Winners

Recipients of IWPA's Awards for Excellence program exemplified best practices and inspired our industry to reach even higher. Click each company link below to review their submission and read the recipients, "Winning With Wood" feature articles in previous editions: 2012 edition2011 edition (pg 62-63) and 2010 edition of International Wood.

2010 Award Winner for Innovative Design Excellence, Durable Wood Products, after developing its Turada-brand wallaba shingles, an effort that included reaching out to architects and designers to demonstrate the value of underutilized tropical hardwoods. IWPA 2010 Environmental Excellence winner, Cikel, for their role in advancing the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning students' understanding of sustainable building. 2010 Award Winner for Aesthetic Design Excellence. Veneer Technologies reflected the market's demand for made-to-order exotic faces in an annual woodworking competition that bridges imported species and end-use applications.
         Elof Hansson USA - IWPA 2011 Award Winner for Aesthetic Design and Environmental Excellence for their innovative new decking concept, Ipanema, which utilizes 36-FSC certified lesser-known species.  


How to Enter

It is easy to submit a project, requiring only a Word document and some photography. You do not need to be an IWPA member to participate; submissions from IWPA members and non-members are welcome and encouraged. Please read the guidelines and outline contained in the 2013 Nomination Form. If you have any questions about eligibility or awards details, please contact Annette Ferri



The Awards

IWPA Awards for Excellence Program recognizes the outstanding work and commitment of companies using tropical woods. The 2013 awards will be presented during IWPA's Annual Convention, April 17-19, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Past Winners
The Judges

The voting will be conducted by IWPA member company representatives (domestic and overseas). Voting for the 2013 Awards will be announced in February.


In addition to great publicity, winners are featured in the next International Wood magazine released in August 2013. 

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