The 2021 Brick in Architecture Awards Celebrate Design That Delivers


49 Winners Include Philadelphia Craft Award

RESTON, Virginia, March 04, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has awarded the 2021 Brick in Architecture Awards, the world’s premier design competition featuring clay brick.

Winners include 49 projects out of 138 entries, nearly double the amount from the past three years, with eight Best in Class winners featured in this video. Best in Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners include projects in the United States, Australia, Canada and Mexico.

“These awards demonstrate the endless design versatility of clay brick derived from a myriad of available never-fading colors, textures and installation options. The natural beauty of brick along with its unparalleled durability , its protection against fire and windblown debris, its energy efficiency and its low or no maintenance are some of the qualities that make clay brick the best wall covering available,” said Ray Leonhard, President and CEO of BIA.

Best in Class 2021 winners include:

Farm Credit Services of America – West Building
Omaha, Nebraska
Architect: Clark & ​​Enersen
Masonry Contractor: Jeff MacTaggart Masonry LLC
Photo credit: Tom Kessler

This office building is the third addition to a corporate campus connected via a walkway and features red, buff and pink brick in varying pattern depths.

Educational (higher education)
Fitts-Woolard Hall – NCSU
Raleigh, North Carolina
Architect: Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering
Brick manufacturer: Sioux City Brick (subsidiary of Glen-Gery)
Brick Distributor: Custom Brick & Supply Co.
Mason Contractor: Brodie Contractors
Photo credit: Mark Herboth

Throughout this four-story facility featuring traditional red and gray flashed brickwork, high degrees of transparency create a bright and dynamic academic and research environment.

Educational (K-12)
Thomas J. Waters Elementary School North Annex
Chicago, Ill.
Architect: Bailey Edward Design
Brickmaker: The Belden Brick Company
Brick Distributor: Brickworks Supply LLC
Mason contractor: MPZ masonry
Photo credit: Darris Lee Harris

This new elementary school addition in Chicago’s historic Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood features red brick that matches the original building but with a contemporary look.

Historical renovation
City of Galveston 30and St. Water and Electric Light Station
Galveston, TX
Architect: Le Groupe Architectural LaBiche Inc.
Brick manufacturer: Acme Brick Company
Mason contractor: Marsh Waterproofing Inc.
Photo credit: Angie LaBiche

This iconic 1904 building serves as a meeting, party and wedding venue, with a red brick exterior that has been completely pointed and replaced bricks harvested from the building’s originals.

Bangalley House
Sydney, Australia
Architect: Casey Brown Architecture
Brick manufacturer: Austral Bricks
Brick Distributor: Brickworks Building Products
Photo credit: Michael Nicholson

This residence is molded into the landscape, with red and white bricks chosen for their sturdiness and durability.

Paving and landscaping
Capturing an Artist’s Vision: A Monumental Journey
Des Moines, Iowa
Architect: architecture of substance
Brick manufacturer: Endicott Clay Products Company
Mason contractor: Maçonnerie Seedorff Inc.
Photo credit: Corey Gaffer

Collaborating with a famous African-American artist to honor black lawyers, this radically geometric 30-foot-tall sculpture features modular gray brickwork.

Residential – Multifamily
40 Blecker Street
New York, New York
Architect: Rawlings architects pc
Brick manufacturer: Acme Brick Company
Brick Distributor: Belden Tri-State Building Materials
Masonry contractor: Milestone Masonry Corp.
Photo credit: Alexandre Séverin

This 61-unit luxury apartment building in Manhattan’s NOHO neighborhood features a brick facade in custom light colors chosen for the historic district with clean, modern details.

Residential – Single Family
Neighborhood cottage
Mountain Stream, Alabama
Architect: Taylor Plosser Davis Architecture + Design
Brick manufacturer: Endicott Clay Products Company
Brick Distributor: Acme Brick Company
Mason contractor: Fry Construction Inc.
Photo credit: Laurey Glenn

This new home in an old suburban neighborhood respects its Tudor Revival neighbors in both material and scale, featuring Artisan brick with a reflective finish.

craftsmanship awards
Recognize an individual mason or team of masons for an artistic or unique brick installation
Filigrane House – Residential-Single-Family Category
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Architect: Moto Designshop
Brick manufacturer: General Shale
Distributor of bricks: Diener Brick Company
Mason contractor: Masonry Brandon Reiss
Photo credit: Halkin Mason Photography

2021 judges include Jason Cole, LEED® AP, BD+C – Ballinger; Robert Mercer, AIA-Chapman Sisson Architects and Robert Ramirez, AIA, NOMA – WRA Architects.

See the BIA website for the list of all winners, all competition entries in the photo gallery at and the full video.

BIA is the nationally recognized authority on clay brick construction, representing national clay brick distributors and manufacturers and suppliers of related products.

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