Vancouver architect Marie-Odile Marceau and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George, designed by the firm Michael Green Architecture, were among the big winners at the 11th annual Wood WORKS B.C. Wood Design Awards, handed out in a ceremony this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Marceau, a principal at the firm McFarland Marceau Architects, was named winner of the Wood Champion Award for a “long and distinguished career,” championing the use of wood in a portfolio of projects that includes many schools in First Nation communities.

WIDC factored into a few honours, one as part of the portfolio that earned Eric Karsh — the firm Equilibrium Consulting Inc. — the Engineer Award and architect Michael Green the Architect Award for his eponymous firm. It also helped Green capture the Wood Innovation Award.

Wood has become the material of choice in mid-rise residential and commercial construction, said Wood WORKS! executive director Lynn Embury-Williams, and B.C. designers and builders are “leading the way.”

“This is a paradigm shift, and it’s encouraging as our cities want a more sustainable and healthier built environment,” Embury-Williams said.