Malaysian Wood Awards 2016

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THE Malaysian Wood Awards is the first of its kind in the coun­try. It aims to crown the best and most in­no­va­tive in­dus­try play­ers in pub­lic/com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial build­ings across var­i­ous cat­e­gories, in its use of tim­ber.

A to­tal of RM150,000 in prize money await win­ners.

Awards will be given to pi­o­neer­ing pub­lic, com­mer­cial and pri­vate projects. While the com­pe­ti­tion is open to all, only projects that have been com­pleted within the last 10 years will be ac­cepted.

“The Malaysian Tim­ber Coun­cil is proud to or­gan­ise the Wood Awards with the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects (Per­tubuhan Akitek Malaysia – PAM).

“We hope the com­pe­ti­tion will spur the use of tim­ber in the coun­try,” said the Malaysian Tim­ber Coun­cil (MTC) CEO Datuk Dr Ab­dul Rahim Nik.

An elite panel of judges com­pris­ing prom­i­nent for­eign and lo­cal pro­fes­sion­als from the ar­chi­tec­tural, en­gi­neer­ing and tim­ber in­dus­tries will not only re­view the sub­mis­sions but also visit the sites of the short­listed projects.

This year, the judg­ing panel will in­clude Datuk Dr Ken Yeang, Jonas Lencer, An­drew Lawrence, Dr Mohd Zul­hem­lee An, Datuk Dr Ab­dul Rahim Nik and Datuk Dr Jalalud­din Harun.

Yeang was deemed “one of the 50 peo­ple who could save the planet” by The Guardian.

He is a renowned Malaysian ar­chi­tect who is recog­nised for his ecol­ogy-based green de­signs.

A dis­tin­guished fel­low in a num­ber of ar­chi­tec­tural in­sti­tutes, Yeang is also a pro­fes­sor and vis­it­ing scholar in uni­ver­si­ties in the US, Aus­tralia, China and Hong Kong.

A stu­dio direc­tor with dRMM in Lon­don, Lencer spe­cialises in pre­fab­ri­ca­tion and en­gi­neered tim­ber con­struc­tion.

He was re­spon­si­ble for the de­sign and de­liv­ery of the Wansey Street project, which won dRMM the BD Pub­lic Hous­ing the Ar­chi­tect of the Year award, and the End­less Stair in­stal­la­tion among oth­ers.

He also lec­tures in Bri­tain and Europe, shar­ing of dRMM’s pi­o­neer­ing work in cross­lam­i­nated tim­ber.

A lead­ing tim­ber spe­cial­ist at the en­gi­neer­ing de­sign firm in Lon­don – Arup, Lawrence is noted for build­ing the highly ac­claimed End­less Stair, Cen­tre Pom­pi­dou-Metz, Tim­ber Wave, Ca­nary Wharf Cross­rail Roof and Ser­pen­tine Pav­il­ion.

He is a mem­ber of the Tim­ber Eurocode Com­mit­tee and also lec­tures across the globe on the use of tim­ber in ar­chi­tec­ture.

Mohd Zul­hem­lee is pres­i­dent of the Malaysian In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects.

Him­self an award-win­ning ar­chi­tect, he is also a part­ner at W&W Ar­chi­tects and has been play­ing a key role in the ar­chi­tec­tural ed­u­ca­tion in Malaysia.

Ab­dul Rahim, who is the CEO of MTC, was the for­mer deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral (en­vi­ron­ment) of the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­vi­ron­ment.

He has many achieve­ments un­der his belt and vast ex­pe­ri­ence in the fields of en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment, bio­di­ver­sity, cli­mate change and forestry.

Jalalud­din is direc­tor-gen­eral on the Malaysian Tim­ber In­dus­try Board.

His ar­eas of ex­per­tise in­clude bio-com­pos­ites and wood sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, among oth­ers.

He has pub­lished more than 100 sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal pa­pers in forestry-re­lated jour­nals and mag­a­zines.

For regis­tra­tion, project sub­mis­sion dates and ad­di­tional de­tails on the Malaysian Wood Awards, visit www.mtc.com.my/ mwa

Yeang Jalalud­din Lawrence Ab­dul Rahim

Lencer Mohd Zul­hem­lee

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