Winning teams from Cyprus, Qatar, Mexico, and the U.S. were recognized for showcasing brick in sustainable new design in Potomac Valley Brick's first Brick-Stainable 2009 sustainable architectural design competition. A total of 95 contestants from 17 nations submitted designs.
Winners were selected in December and honored at a banquet at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. in January. The panel of jurors included Vivian Loftness, Carnegie Mellon architecture professor; Garth Rockcastle, dean and professor at the University of Maryland School of Architecture; Kara Johnson, IDEO practice lead and material scientist; and Martin Vachon, AXIM director of marketing.
Entries addressed issues of net-zero energy, material innovation, using brick as a primary thermal material, and the design challenges of creating a diplomatic campus. The jury awarded three winners in the two categories: technical design and whole building design.
However, because no entries completely met all criteria of the competition, no one was selected as the grand prize winner. Instead, the $10,000 grand prize will be rolled over and awarded to the winner of the Brick-Stainable 2010 competition later this year. Winners were flown to Washington, D.C., and each received $2000.
The winners were:
Whole Building Design