How to participate in the Brick Award

The submission period for Brick Award 22 takes place between January 11 and April 8, 2021 online.  Submitters can be architects, international architecture critics and journalists. The 50 nominated projects will be revealed on this website as well as on Instagram and Facebook starting fall 2021. The winners will be communicated at the Brick Award ceremony in late spring 2022.

Brick Award Nominees
© Marc Hehn

Submission process

Submission via online template

The online platform is open for Brick Award 22 submissions starting January 11, 2021. Submission period ends on April 8, 2021. The submission is free of charge.

Participants are asked to fill out an online template comprising of basic project data, a short informative text describing the project, as well as uploading pictures and plans of the building. By submitting, participants consent to the submission and having this  published at a later stage.

 

 

Casa Jacaranda; Brick Award 2020 Nominee Category "Feeling at Home"; Architects: Jose Francisco Garcia-Sanchez, Photo:  Antonio Luis Martinez Cano
© Antonio Luis Martinez Cano

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 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, Great Britain, Switzerland and in 2020 to Poland!


 

Site Apostolinnen; Brick Award 2020 Category "Living Together"; Architects: dmvA architects; Photo:  Bart Gosselin
© Bart Gosselin

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 can be subject to slight changes depending on the year and the development of trends and current topics.


Utopia – Library and Academy for Performing Arts; Brick Award 2020 Category  "Sharing Public Spaces"; Architects: KAAN Architecten, Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti

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 2018 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


Prototype Village House; Brick Award 2020 Category "Living Together"; Architects: MIT Rwanda Workshop Team, Photo: Rafi Segal, Monica Hutton, Andrew Brose
© Rafi Segal, Monica Hutton, Andrew Brose

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.


Iturbide Studio; Brick Award 2020 Category "Feeling at Home"; Architects: Taller Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo, Photo:  Rafael Gamo

These are the winners of the
Brick Award 20

Congratulations!