Architectural Woodwork Standards

The Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS) is the guide for the specification, construction, and installation of interior architectural woodwork.

The AWS is a definitive reference manual designed to simplify and clarify guidelines, information and principles required for fabrication, finishing, and installation of architectural woodwork. It provides design professionals with a logical and simple means of comprehensively specifying woodwork elements.

Standards Compliance,
Woodwork Inspections, and Reporting

The AWI Quality Certification Program (QCP) is a valuable quality assurance organization that aids in the delivery of fine interior architectural woodwork. QCP is endorsed by the American Subcontractors Association (ASA).
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Woodwork compliance inspections can be obtained by the AWI Quality Certification Corporation’s network of independent expert inspectors. The only requirement for a compliance inspection is that the Architectural Woodwork Standards must have been incorporated into project’s construction documents. Contact Randy Estabrook for inspection information at or by phone at 571-364-7319.

Technical Assistance

As a member-only benefit, AWI members always receive priority responses to technical help questions. AWI members may contact the AWI National Testing Center by phone 229-389-2544 or email

Non-member technical assistance is available only by e-mail inquiry. Send your inquiries to and you will be answered in a timely manner.
General Note: AWI does not render opinions related to standards compliance based on your description or photographs submitted. AWI does not recommend one company member over another.

Standards Development

The links below are resources for the development of the Architectural Woodwork Institute's next generation of architectural woodwork standards.
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Laboratory Testing Services

Laboratory Testing Services

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AWI Canvass Community

Register and login through this site to review, comment, and vote on AWI standards going through the ANSI process.


The main website of the Architectural Woodwork Institute.


ANSI/AWI Approved Procedures

These procedures constitute the Architectural Woodwork Institute’s (AWI) method of developing evidence of consensus for the approval, reaffirmation, revision, or withdrawal of American National Standards.



The online glossary is a working draft and may not reflect the most current revisions. This site is for standards development purposes only.



The online index of figures and illustrations is a work in progress and may not reflect the most current revisions. This site is currently for standards development purposes only.


ANSI/AWI Procedures, Illustrated

Infographic illustrating the ANSI Canvass process as outlined in AWI’s Procedures for ANSI-Approved Standards (2014)


Installation Guidelines, Casework Wall Anchorage

Whitepaper guidelines for the installation of wall-anchored casework.

Technical Bulletin

AWI Technical Bulletin 001

August 14, 2018