05 April 2019

Win a free student or lecturer place at Studio in the Woods 2019

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TRADA is collaborating with Scottish Forestry to encourage our future professionals to gain firsthand experience of forestry, milling and timber usage by sponsoring places at a ‘making’ workshop.


We are thrilled to share that four free places are up for grabs for this year's Studio in the Woods 2019 workshop. These places are open to students or lecturers from the disciplines of Architecture, Architectural Technology or Engineering at UK universities. In addition, applicants must:



Studio in the Woods will begin at 16:00 on 11 July and finish at 14:00 on 14 July 2019, and will be held at St George's Farm, within the 150-acre woodland of Wyre Forest, Worcestershire. Founded and convened by Piers Taylor with Kate Darby, Meredith Bowles and Gianni Botsford, it was first established in 2005 and continues as an ongoing education and research project. Each year, Taylor, Darby, Bowles and Botsford are joined by other practitioners and academics to lead workshops with students over 2-4 days. At its heart, the workshop has two goals: to test ideas through making at 1:1, and to encourage learning outside the framework of conventional academic institutions.


Those attending will have a choice of workshops to participate in, each led by a renowned architect, engineer or professional, including:

  • Kate Darby, Kate Darby Architects
  • Meredith Bowles, Mole Architects
  • Je Ahn, Studio Weave
  • Lee Ivett, Baxendale
  • Gianni Botsford, Gianni Botsford Architects
  • Lynton Pepper, Architecture 00
  • Laura Mark
  • Charley Brentnall, Carpenter Oak
  • Zoe Berman, Studio Berman
  • Piers Taylor, Invisible Studio
  • Susanne Tutsch & Barbara Kaucky, Erect
  • Hannah Durham, Cullinan Studio
  • Guan Lee, Grymsdyke Farm


Tabitha Binding, University Engagement Manager, said: 'Opportunities to design and make are hugely important, especially for our students. You wouldn't expect someone to become a master chair designer without making a chair, or handling the materials they use. It is through hands-on experience that students of Architecture and Engineering can begin to understand timber as a material and which questions they need to ask themselves when designing and engineering with it – the opportunity to learn while experimenting alongside some of "today’s timber talent" is outstanding.'


'TRADA is always supportive of these much needed opportunities and we hope this year's Studio in the Woods is as informative and illuminating as past years! We are delighted that Scottish Forestry opted to collaborate with us to provide this wonderful opportunity.'


Scottish Forestry is the Scottish Government agency responsible for forestry policy, support and regulation. Andy Leitch, Timber Development Policy Advisor, added: 'With the objective of increasing the contribution of forests and woodlands to Scotland’s sustainable and inclusive economic growth, we are pleased to support the furthering of knowledge amongst our future construction professionals and those that teach them.'


There are 3 student places and 1 lecturer place available. Submit your entry by 17 May 2019 to be considered. Winners will be announced on 31 May 2019.


You will need to arrange and be responsible for your own transport, accommodation and breakfast. However, lunch, dinner, and all studio materials will be provided. Free camping is also available on site.


Contact Tabitha Binding on tbinding@trada.co.uk for an application form 



To attend, click here


For information on last year's event, click here  


Our University Engagement Manager Tabitha Binding attended Studio in the Woods 2018. You can read her round-up of the event online here 


As a full University member of TRADA, we can provide you with all the information on timber that you need through:

  • Hundreds of free online publications, including books
  • Free telephone advice on anything related to wood
  • Discounts on a wide range of resources published by TRADA and others


To discuss full University membership, contact our membership administrator Kathryn Macneil on 01494 569603 or kmacneil@trada.co.uk