TimberFever virtual competition announces 2020 winners

Architectural and civil engineering students from universities across Canada and the United States competed from September 24-27 in the sixth annual TimberFever Competition, presented by Moses Structural Engineers.

Rather than building on Toronto’s Gould Street on Ryerson’s campus – as has happened in previous editions of TimberFever –the format of the event was changed to an interactive 3D virtual village this year.

Using a virtual format, TimberFever was able to expand its reach and welcome students from across Canada and, for the first time, the United States. 17 teams of four or five people entered the competition. This year’s theme was “Timber Sculpture.” Students were asked to choose an issue relating to climate change to inspire their design.

During the four-day event, students used different software and tools such as Rhino to model their designs, and RSTAB to analyze their structure. Zoom and Slack were key for everyone to communicate and collaborate virtually throughout the event. Practicing architects, engineers, and members from the Carpenters Union Local 27 joined on Zoom to mentor the teams and provide guidance on their designs.

The first, second, and third place winners were selected by a panel of judges and announced during the TimberFever Virtual Awards Ceremony on October 7 via Zoom. The winner of the Public Vote Award was selected through online voting where polls closed with nearly 1,200 votes. All winners received a cash prize, trophy, and award certificate.

Here are the TimberFever Virtual Competition 2020 winners:

1st Place Winner: Rounded Cubed
2nd Place Winner: Cedar
3rd Place Winner: Chamber of 11 Secrets
Public Vote Award: It’s Elementary!