BIA recognizes best clay brick designs

The University of the District of Columbia Student Center received the Best in Class (paving and landscaping) Brick Architecture Award from the Brick Industry Association (BIA). Photo © Sam Kittner. Photo courtesy BIA
The University of the District of Columbia Student Center received the Best in Class (paving and landscaping) Brick Architecture Award from the Brick Industry Association (BIA).
Photo © Sam Kittner. Photo courtesy BIA

Nineteen outstanding projects incorporating clay brick have been recognized with Brick Architecture Awards from the Brick Industry Association (BIA). Judged by a jury of independent design professionals, the association distributed Best in Class, Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards across five categories: commercial, higher education, K-12 educational, paving and landscaping, and multifamily residential.

South Carolina’s Fort Mill Welcome Center was named Best in Class in the commercial category. Designed by Charleston-based Liollio Architecture, the building features three brick colors, which reflect local clay pottery from the Catawba Indian tribes.

The Cambridge Seven-designed Dr. Nettie Stevens Science Center at Westfield State University in Massachusetts received Best in Class award in the higher education category. The facility was designed to match the surrounding midcentury buildings with a low-maintenance brick blend.

Dr. Nettie Stevens Science Center in Massachusetts won Best in Class in the higher education category.
Dr. Nettie Stevens Science Center in Massachusetts won Best in Class in the higher education category.

Robert J. Richardson Middle School in Chicago was named Best in Class in the category of K-12 educational. The school’s design (STR Partners) features colorful accent brick panels in red, orange, green, blue, and purple, which are laid in contrast with white brick walls.

Other Best in Class winners include:

  • University of the District of Columbia Student Center, Washington, D.C. (Cannon Design in collaboration with Marshall Moya Design; Lee and Associates)—paving and landscaping category; and
  • The Hine Project, Washington, D.C. (Weinstein Studio/Esocoff & Associates and Gensler)—multifamily residential.

“Fired-clay brick offers unlimited aesthetic flexibility, and is an integral part of any sustainable, low maintenance building strategy,” said Ray Leonhard, president of BIA.

To view a photo gallery of all the winning projects, click here.

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