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BIA Opens Entries for 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards

RESTON, Va. – The Brick Industry Association encourages entries for its 2016 Brick in Architecture Awards through April 30.

BIA’s annual design competition honors outstanding, innovative and sustainable architecture in 10 categories that incorporate clay brick products as the predominant exterior building or paving material.

Entries will be conducted entirely online at, and the winners will be announced in June. Projects will be judged by a jury of peers.

“The annual Brick in Architecture Awards showcase the best clay brick projects in the country,” said Ray Leonhard, BIA president & CEO. “Architects demonstrate fired clay brick’s aesthetic flexibility, and as a material made from abundant natural resources, it’s a perfect strategy in sustainable design.”

Architectural and design firms may enter their best projects completed since January 1, 2011, in which new clay brick products comprise the predominant exterior building or paving material (over 50 percent). 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.

Entries must be submitted online in one or more of the below categories:

  • Commercial
  • Education – K-12
  • Education – Colleges & Universities (Higher Education)*
  • Healthcare 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 percent clay brick products, which must be new brick placed in the wall.

All entrants will be featured in BIA’s online photo gallery.

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Posted March 10, 2016

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