Durable, beautiful, natural, and renewable—these words can be used to describe many species of wood. But they are particularly applicable to the wood of thuja plicata, or western red cedar, when it plays a starring role in the design of a building.

To celebrate the wood’s versatility, the Vancouver, British Columbia–based Western Red Cedar Lumber Association (WRCLA) holds an annual architectural design competition recognizing high-quality projects that creatively and prominently employ western red cedar.

A jury of three architects selected six projects as the winners of the 2010 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards. Jury members were: Katherine Chia, AIA, partner at Desai/Chia Architecture in New York; Martin Finio, AIA, partner at New York–based Christoff:Finio Architecture; and Alfred Zollinger, principal at Matter Practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jurors commended the winners for their diverse applications of western red cedar.

The winners of the 2010 Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Awards are:

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