How to participate in the Brick Award

The submission period for the Brick Award 20 has already ended. The 50 nominated projects are now online. The winners have been communicated on September 23, 2020 during the online event as well as in the Brick 20 book that will be published in fall 2020. 

Villa Platan with clay blocks; Brick Award Nominee 2018; ADEPT; Photo: Jacob Lerche
© Jacob Lerche

Submission process

Submission via online template

Participants are asked to fill out an online template comprising of basic project data, a short informative text describing the project, as well as to upload pictures and plans of the building.  

The submission period for the Brick Award 20 has already ended. The submission template for Brick Award 22 will be available in time for the next submission period starting January 2021.



The Temple and the People, temple with clay blocks; Brick Award Nominee 2018; SEA - Studio for Environment and Architecture; Photo: Ujjwal Snnala, Akhila Rao
© Ujjwal Sannala, Akhila Rao

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria include innovative design and architecture concept, skillful and innovative use of bricks as well as architecture quality in terms of aesthetics, shape and configuration of the project. Special attention is also directed to the adequacy of the project in relation to its intended purpose, building type and cultural context, as well as to sustainability and energy efficiency aspects.

The winners of the Brick Award are announced biennially at an award ceremony and presented, along with the 50 nominations in the accompanying Brick Book. Winning projects are endowed with price money and can be found all over the world. The first Wienerberger Brick Award in 2004 was won by Josef Pleskot in Czech Republic with his beautiful solution for a pedestrian passage in a castle park. In the following years the grand prizes went to Hungary, Germany, Liechtenstein, South Africa, Thailand, Spain, Austria and 2018 to Great Britain and Switzerland!


Atlas House, single-family house with facing bricks, Brick Award 2018 Winner Categoy "Feeling at home", Monadnok, Photo: Stijn Bollaert
© Stijn Bollaert

Award categories

Categories for nomination

  • Feeling at home: single-family houses, semi-detached houses and small housing projects of high architectural quality that provide comfortable, healthy & sustainable living spaces

  • Living together:  multi-family houses: innovative residential solutions taking into account the trends & challenges of urbanisation such as scarcity of space, social challenges and new living concepts

  • Working together: comfortable, aesthetic and functional commercial buildings, offices and industrial buildings

  • Sharing public spaces: comfortable, aesthetic and functional public buildings for education, culture & healthcare, public places and infrastructure projects

  • Building outside the box: innovative concepts and ways of using brick, use of new construction technologies, special brickworks, custom-made bricks & new ornamentation

    The award categories that are subject to slight change depending on the year and the development of trends and current topics.

Lorette Convent - Apartments Drbstr with facing bricks, dmvA architecten, David Driesen, Tom Verschueren
© Bart Gosselin

Award Criteria

Criteria for participation

  • A significant part of the project must consist of clay building materials (clay blocks, facing bricks, clay pavers, clay roof tiles, clay façade panels etc.)
  • One of the nomination categories must apply to the project
  • The project was completed in 2016 or later
  • The project can comprise newly constructed, refurbished and converted buildings
  • The project can include new and reused bricks
  • Special attention will be directed to how the project combines functionality, sustainability and energy efficiency
  • The use of Wienerberger products is not a relevant factor for participation

artist working space "Terra Cotta Studio" in Dien Phuong/Vietnam
© Oki Hiroyuki

Award Prize

What awaits the winner

The award is endowed with prize money of 7.000 Euros for the Grand Prize Winner (incl. Category Winner) and 5.000 Euros for each of the remaining four Category Winners.

Maya Somaiya Library; Brick Award 2020 Category "Building Outside The Box"; Architects: Sameep Padora & Associates, Photo:  Edmund Sumner

These are the winners of the
Brick Award 20