19 March 2020

TRADA bursary awarded for Woodland Heritage's Woodland to Workshop course

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TRADA is collaborating with Woodland Heritage to encourage our future construction professionals and their lecturers to gain first-hand experience of forestry, milling and timber usage by offering bursaries towards the cost of places at a ‘Woodland to Workshop’ course. When setting up the entry criteria, we did not think to include researchers – a point we have put right by awarding our first bursary to Antiopi Koronaki, researcher at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Digital Built Britain.


TRADA believes that research is essential to taking the timber industry forward and is keen to foster better research projects and encourage relevant collaboration. Tabitha Binding, TRADA’s University Engagement Manager, said: 'Too many times I have seen research which, although well-meaning, has not included relevant sectors of the timber supply chain nor linked to professionals, nor even used the right equipment. TRADA is here to help address these problems and we are pleased to award the first bursary to a researcher who will benefit from learning first-hand how tree species are selected, grown and managed in the UK from Woodland Heritage professionals’.


Asked how her taking part in the Woodland to Workshop course would benefit the timber industry, Antiopi responded: 'This workshop provides a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience on the first steps of timber processing chain and gain an insight into the challenges and opportunities of forestry in the UK.'


Antiopi Koronaki is an architect engineer working as a Research Assistant in the University of Cambridge's Centre for Natural Material Innovation on the project Precision engineered timber: Digital design and delivery of healthier schools. This research programme aims to unlock the potential of timber for use in off-site manufactured large-scale school buildings. By integrating design, technology, engineering and fabrication through research, it will:

  • develop a range of school designs and the digital means of fabricating them;
  • develop the basis for manufacturing that can take design input using research from multiple architects, engineers, and contractors; and
  • influence policymakers and procurement to ensure the adoption of timber more broadly.


Antiopi’s work focuses on the development of an automated, digital design and fabrication workflow for precision engineered timber on large-scale applications. During her PhD studies at the University of Bath, her research focused on the optimisation of freeform space-frame structures for fabrication. Through a thorough analysis and correlation of geometrical complexity, scale and advanced manufacturing processes, she developed a computational tool for the reduction of the construction cost of complex space-frames, in compliance with fabrication requirements. Her research interests lie at the intersection of computational design, complex geometry, novel material systems and advanced fabrication techniques. She gained an MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design (Dist.) from the Architectural Association, London, and a Master in Architecture-Engineering from N.T.U.A., Athens.


TRADA bursaries are still available for the September Woodland to Workshop course

There are three bursaries available for the course which runs 28–30 September: one student at £500; one lecturer at £250; and one part-time lecturer at £250 to students or lecturers from the disciplines of architecture, architectural technology, engineering or carpentry / joinery at UK universities or colleges.


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