2016 Brick in Architecture Awards Competition Opens

Words: Dan Kamys

[caption id="attachment_12244" align="alignnone" width="600"]The Maryland House was the 2015 Best In Class Brick in Architecture Award winner in the Commercial category. The Maryland House was the 2015 Best In Class Brick in Architecture Award winner in the Commercial category.[/caption] Since 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs — the Brick in Architecture Awards. The Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick. Architectural and design firms from around the country can enter their best material to be judged by a jury of their peers. Any work of architecture completed since January 1, 2011, in which new clay brick products comprise the predominant exterior building or paving material (over 50 percent), is eligible. These include face or hollow brick, building brick, thin brick, paving brick, glazed brick, structural glazed facing tile, new clay brick products in special shapes and/or a combination of any of these aforementioned units. An entrant may submit more than one project for consideration, and previously submitted projects can be entered once again as long as they were completed since 2011. The competitions are conducted entirely online. For ease and convenience, this includes all aspects of registration and entry submission. Entrants are able to revise and enhance their submissions at any point until the competition's closing date. A firm may submit multiple entries if desired, either within the same category or among multiple categories. The Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best work in clay face and paving brick from architects across the country in the following categories:
  • Commercial
  • Education - K-12
  • Education - Colleges & Universities (Higher Education)*
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Municipal / Government
  • Houses of Worship
  • Residential – Single Family
  • Residential – Multi-Family
  • Paving & Landscape Projects
  • Renovation (Additions)** / Restoration (Restoring)
* Includes residence halls & academic/administrative buildings **Additions must use at least 50 percent new clay brick products on the building. Restoration must include at least 50% new clay brick products, which must be new clay brick placed in the wall. Best in Class winners will receive national recognition through a special Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2016 issue of Architect Magazine! Other winners will be listed in the insert as well as in Brick News Online. All entrants will be featured on BIA’s online Brick Photo Gallery. All entries must be complete and submitted by April 30, 2016. Judging will take place in May 2016 with winners announced in June 2016. For complete details, including contest rules and to submit an entry, visit the Awards page of the Brick Industry Association.
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