EWPAA trophy tells the story of plywood

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7 October 2013
Michael Murphy, Carter Holt Harvey Woodproducts, Melbourne (right) presents the popular EWPAA Geoffrey Sanderson Trophy.

A NATIONAL trophy for excellence in design using plywood and laminated veneer lumber captured the imagination of architects and specifiers at the recent Australian Timber Design Awards in Melbourne.

“This is a great honour and I am pleased to be recognised among the plaques on the trophy that list architects who have won the award over the years,” said Fremantle, WA, designer Andrea Quagliola of MORQ Architecture who won the trophy presented by the Engineered Wood Products Association of Australasia.

EWPAA general manager Simon Dorries said the perpetual Geoffrey Sanderson Trophy recognised the service given to the industry by “a true entrepreneur and a real innovator” who was president of the Plywood Association of Australasia (PAA) in 1988-89 and 1998-2003. Master wood craftsman Robert Dunlop was commissioned to create the $2500 trophy; his work reflects every aspect of the beauty, strength and versatility of certified plywood and LVL.

“It tells tell the plywood story,” Mr Dunlop said. “The trophy is a solid piece of work displaying all the qualities and colours of different plywoods – a darker piece here, a lighter piece there – that will entice questions about this wonderful material.”

The dramatic globe piece of the trophy, resting on an LVL base, has a length of 6 mm laminated veneer running right through it to highlight what can be achieved with plywood laminates.

Plaques on the trophy announce the winners since the award was first presented in 2007: MORQ, Fremantle (2013), Paul Haar, Thornbury, Vic (2012), Morrison Breytenbach Architects, Hobart (2011), Bates Smart Architects, Sydney (2010), Vos Construction and Joinery, Hobart (2009), Birrelli Architects, Launceston (2008), Wright Feldhusen Architects, Subiaco, WA (2007).

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