Great masonry buildings deserve to be honored, both to recognize quality design and construction and to inspire excellence among others in the profession. Masonry Construction will select the world's best projects in eleven categories, plus we will choose a single project as the 2012 "Project of the Year."


    Projects that make significant use of masonry (brick, block, stone, glass, adobe, etc.). The building doesn't have to be entirely masonry, but there must be prominent masonry components.

  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2009.
  • There is no geographical restriction—projects can be anywhere in the world.
  • This is NOT a beauty contest. Although aesthetics is one consideration, this contest is focused on the involvement of the mason in innovative design, construction, or materials, cost-saving methods, and environmental considerations.


Projects will be judged in each of the categories listed below. There is some overlap between categories, so indicate which category you feel is most appropriate. The judges reserve the right to place your entry into a different category or subdivide categories if the number of entries warrant. At their discretion, they may decide to withhold the award in a given category.

All categories are for new buildings, except Repair & Rehabilitation Projects and Historic Restoration Projects.

  • Residential buildings: one and two-family structures.
  • Multi-family housing: any primarily residential building with more than two units.
  • Fireplaces: custom-built masonry fireplaces and chimneys.
  • Landscaping: outdoor flatwork, retaining walls, noise barriers, and other free-standing walls.
  • Industrial: any structure used for manufacturing operations, including buildings, furnaces, and chimneys.
  • High-rise buildings: over five stories tall, including hotels, apartment buildings, and office buildings.
  • Commercial buildings: office buildings, warehouses, hospitals, big-box stores, and strip malls.
  • Institutional buildings: schools, churches, and transportation facilities.
  • Municipal buildings: courthouses, libraries, recreation centers, performance halls, police stations, prisons, and other state and federal government facilities.
  • Repair & rehabilitation: rehabilitation implies work on an entire building system, while repair is to a single building element. Entries in this category must focus on the work to the masonry portion of the structure.
  • Historic restoration: restoration implies returning a building to its original condition. Facilities entered in this category must be listed as a historic building or be eligible for such status, and the entry must describe what efforts were made to maintain the building's historic significance.
  • One project, from any of the categories above, will be selected as Masonry Construction's "Project of the Year."

    A panel of independent industry experts will select the winners. Its decisions are final.


    Entry materials are due by October 15, 2012, including the following:

    Project entry fee ($50 per project), submitted via SignUp4.com. You will receive a confirmation number.

  • Complete the online entry form or e-mail your materials to mcpoy@hanleywood.com. Only one entry per project category.
  • SignUp4 Confirmation Number – assigned once your payment is received.
  • Project Information – project name, category, and contact information.
  • Description – in 500 words or less, detail how masonry was used and why the project is special. What was the mason's unique role? Projects will be selected based on such factors as innovative construction techniques, use of innovative materials or products, cost-saving methods, innovative engineering design, workmanship, environmental considerations, creativity, and aesthetics.
  • Project Participantsinclude some or all of the following: owner, architect, structural engineer, landscape architect, general contractor, masonry contractor, masonry suppliers, and masonry accessories suppliers.
  • Photo Release Form – including photo credit and photographer's signature (or electronicconsent via online entry form).
  • Send photos and/or drawings
  • Photos – submit up to 10 digital photos of the project. Photos must show at least one overall view of the project, one shot taken during construction (if available), and one of the completed project. Copies or printouts of photos must be included in clear presentation pages. Photos should be high resolution JPEG or TIF files (at least 300 dpi). They can be submitted online, sent on CD, or posted on Hanley Wood's FTP site. (For FTP information, e-mail mcpoy@hanleywood.com.)
  • Drawings (optional) up to four drawings (maximum size 8 1/2 x 14 inches) showing interesting design details.

If you prefer to mail your entry, please email mcpoy@hanleywood.com to request the forms and send materials to:
Masonry Construction's "Project of the Year"
8725 W. Higgins Road
Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60631

All materials submitted to Masonry Construction's "Project of the Year" become the property of Masonry Construction and will not be returned. Keep a copy of all entry materials for your records. Do not send original photography. Masonry Construction / Hanley Wood retains the right to consider non-winning entries for future publication.

All questions should be referred to mcpoy@hanleywood.com or 773-824-2506.


Winners will be recognized at World of Masonry/World of Concrete 2013 and at www.masonryconstruction.com.

Past Contests: