Architect Robert Adam handed out a clutch of design awards for the use of timber last week (see photos below), insisting that though the 'days of forelock-tugging' between architect and craftsman may be over, equal respect has not yet arrived.
Adam chaired the panel of assessors for the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, whose event rewards high standards of wood design and joinery. The winners include Arup Associates' auditorium for Unilever in Blackfriars, London, which won the premier major award. Killby and Gayford was the joiner.
The highly commended award went to wood work at Edinburgh Castle's Royal Apartments by architects from Historic Scotland and joiner Nethercott & Co. Innes Wilkin Architecture won the timber-frame award for 11 self- build homes in South Petherton in Somerset with joinery by Camelot Self- Build Group. Thomson Adsett Boughton's design work for Whittington Inn, a fourteenth-century building in Kinver South Staffordshire, won the award for conservation, sponsored by English Heritage. Dimbylow Crump was the joiner. Other designers in the awards were: Martin Stancliffe Architects and Linford Bridgeman joiner for the recreation of an eighteenth- century lantern; Sturgis and Co with Cheesman Interiors for an elliptical staircase; Donald Insall Associates and Sidell Gibson Partnership for work at Windsor Castle; and Real Architecture with joiner Lamisell for the Ecotech Centre in Swaffham, Norfolk, a three-storey visitor centre in Scandinavian whitewood.
Adam said the best design arose from the meeting of minds, and that craftsmen and architects would benefit from a more positive sharing of ideas. Architects should lay themselves open to craftsmen's suggestions. The craftsman 'should not be afraid of asking the most obvious question 'why?'.'