Wood Champion 2008
Lubor Trubka of Lubor Trubka Architects Associates Ltd.
This year’s Wood Champion is well known in the design industry for his commitment to designing with wood. He has an exemplary track record for designing with wood, and his passion for wood is second to none.
For years this wood champion has stood up as an advocate for wood, and long before sustainability was in vogue, he extolled woods environmental benefits. Over the years this architect’s designs have demonstrated the sustainability, durability and beauty of wood. Our 2008 Architect has demonstrated a confidence in wood as a building material and his confidence has never wavered. So committed is he to designing with wood that he extols the virtues of wood in his company’s web page introduction.
“Iron and concrete are strong but wood can be stronger if used in the right way, at the same time being environmentally friendly”, he writes.
Not only does he design beautiful, sustainable and practical buildings with wood, this architect works tirelessly on behalf of the wood product industry, extolling the benefits of wood to other designers. He willingly travels to communities, large and small, to teach and inspire others in the art of designing with wood. He has served on the Wood WORKS! BC steering committee, faithfully participating in forums, meetings and seminars.
His work has been recognized over the years, and some of his many awards include:
- 2006 Gold Medal Winner Project of the Year, Czech Republic, for Liberec Sport and Recreation Complex Design & Master Plan
- 2000 Winner of an invited International Competition – Master Plan and Design of Sport Complex of Facilities for 2004 World Hockey Championship and 2007 World Championship in Classical Nordic Winter Sports Disciplines, Czech Republic
- 1999 Winner of an International Competition – Design of a New Township for population of 15,000, India
- 1997 National Award – Canadian Airlines International Expansion Program
- 1997 Winner of an Invited International Competition – Design of Youth Hockey Training Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia