Architects earn honors for designing with Idaho wood

It seems architects throughout the world are moving toward using more wood in their designs. And why not? Not only is wood is beautiful, renewable, reusable, sustainable, it’s the most environmental responsible building material. To foster this movement, the Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) has partnered with the Americian Institute of Architects (AIA) Idaho Chapter and the University of Idaho in sponsoring the “Best Use of Idaho Wood Architectural Design Awards.” The goal of the partnership is to encourage, recognize and support the creative and innovate use of Idaho wood in architectural design. The group teamed up to provide a competition and awards to both professional Idaho architects and U of I architecture students recognizing excellence in architectural design using Idaho wood. Professional architects and students are also provided with hands-on opportunities such as forest and mill tours where they learn about Idaho’s forests, sustainable forest management, wood products, manufacturing and the energy efficiency an environmental and structural benefits of wood. Chris Patano of Patano Studio recently took top honors for two designs at the Idaho AIA Honor Awards Banquet. In December, eighteen University of Idaho architect students will present their ideas on incorporating Idaho wood into their designs at a competition and awards luncheon in Moscow, Idaho. To learn more about the project, contact Betty Munis at 208/334-3292.


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