Registration Deadline: April 9, 2025

2025 Concrete Masonry Competition

Fire Station


April 9, 2025

Registration Deadline

June 4, 2025

Submission Deadline

Summer 2025

Jury Convenes

Fall 2025

Winners Announced


Fire Station

The design competition asks students to use concrete masonry products as the primary material in the design of a state-of-the-art Fire Station. The fire station needs to accommodate diverse functions, including equipment and vehicle storage, maintenance, gender inclusive housing accommodations, recreation, administration, training, community education and civic events. Concrete masonry is a flexible, resilient and durable material, and provides vast opportunities for form, function and expression.

“Fire Stations are extremely complicated buildings technically and they are one of the few commercial building types that are open for business 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There is also the challenge of integrating commercial uses with immediate adjacency to residential uses so that the building can maintain the duality of its purpose by providing a home to the people that live there while serving the greater public at large (people actually walking into a station for help). You have to consider that fire stations are civic buildings that are placed in residential environments, and that while these buildings need to fulfill many perceptions from the public at large, more specifically they need to address the perception of the community they serve. This could mean breaking the components of the building into smaller units and selecting materials so that the station fits into its neighborhood. It could also mean adjusting the architectural features to create a heightened sense of civic pride and stability.”
-Bob Borson, Architect

About the Competition

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) is pleased to announce the Concrete Masonry Design Competition for the 2024-2025 academic year. The competition is a partnership with the Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association (CMHA). The competition will challenge students, working individually or in teams, to explore a variety of design issues related masonry construction on a Fire Station with an emphasis on local civic engagement.

Awards + Recognition

Jurors will select First, Second, and Third prize winners, in addition to a selected number of honorable mentions, all at the discretion of the jury. A total of $20,000 USD is distributed by ACSA, in the following manner to the winners:


Faculty Sponsor(s)

First Place

$8,000 USD

$3,000 USD

Second Place

$4,000 USD

$2,000 USD

Third Place

$2,000 USD

$1,000 USD


in cash prizes

Because the support of CMHA is largely derived from masonry companies whose markets are mainly in the U.S. and Canada, the ACSA/CMHA Student Competition is open to students and/or student teams from ACSA Full and Candidate Member Schools, as well as ACSA Affiliate Members Schools from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico only.

Criteria for Judging

Submissions must clearly address the specific issues of the design challenge, submissions must clearly demonstrate the design solution’s response to the following requirements:

  • A clear understanding of concrete masonry units–deployed with maximum innovative potential
  • A strong conceptual strategy translated into a coherent integrated design proposal
  • An articulate mastery of formal concepts and aesthetic values
  • A compelling response to the physical and cultural context of the scheme
  • A mature awareness of and an innovative approach to sustainability as a convergence of social, economic, and environmental issues
  • A thorough appreciation of human needs and social responsibilities
Competition Organizers & Sponsors

Edwin Hernández-Ventura
Programs Coordinator

Eric W. Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs