LONDON -  The World Architecture Festival (WAF), the largest festival and live awards program for the global architecture community, has announced the addition of the Wood Excellence Prize, sponsored by the American Hardwood Export Council.

"Wood, as a renewable resource material, is indispensable in architecture and design," says architect and designer Matteo Thun. "Our daily challenge is to achieve projects and products that are sustainable, of timeless beauty, pure and simple, but at the same time technically and environmentally innovative."

Thun will chair the jury for the Wood Excellence Prize.

David Venables, European Director of the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC),  says AHEC is looking forward to utilizing the creativity and inspiration of the international design community in realizing the full potential of wood as a sustainable material.

The festival will take place on Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on October 1- 3, with events including conferences, keynote lectures, educational seminars and the WAF awards program, which allows architects to compete in 28 categories.

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