Meet the Wood Awards judges

wood awards judges

There are now 5 weeks left to enter the Wood Awards – and have your work seen by a stellar panel of judges including architects Jim Greaves and Kirsten Haggart, Max Fordham director Neil Smith, design critic Corinne Julius and designer-maker Sebastian Cox.

The independent panel assess all submitted entries and visit each shortlisted project in person, making the Wood Awards an exceptionally rigorous competition.

Read these interviews to learn more about some of the longest-standing and recently joined judges…


Neil Smith

Meet new sustainability judge Neil Smith

Joining the Wood Awards building panel this year is director and workspace leader at Max Fordham, Neil Smith.

In this interview, Neil shares why wood is important to sustainable design, and what qualities he will be looking out for among entries…  

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Corinne Julius

Meet lead furniture & product judge Corinne Julius

Journalist, broadcast critic and curator Corinne Julius is a true connoisseur of contemporary craft and design.

In this conversation, she considers the developments and innovations in Wood Awards’ entries over her eight years as a judge, and the unique magic of wood as a material.

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Jim Greaves

Meet chair of the building panel Jim Greaves

With notable projects like Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre and the Queen’s Building at Emmanuel College under his belt, Jim Greaves – Principal at Hopkins Architects – is no stranger to the world of wood in construction.

Here, Jim discusses how the Wood Awards have changed since he became a judge in 2005, and what he hopes to see in the future of timber construction.

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You can learn more about the rest of the Wood Awards’ judges here>