Submission Deadline: September 25, 2024

Brick Education Prize

Brick Industry Association and ACSA announce
a competitive call for Brick in Architectural Education.

Call for Proposals


Submission Deadline: September 25, 2024

The Brick in Architecture Education Prize features the most innovative and sustainable ways to design with clay brick. Special consideration is given to proposals that include methods and themes that innovate and promote sustainable design.

For centuries, clay brick has provided unbeatable protection against the elements with unmatched durability, even working to absorb exterior noise. Unlike other building materials, the brick color won’t fade over time and does not require a maintenance schedule for upkeep. It is sustainability sourced and manufactured from earth’s natural and abundant materials. Clay brick is also 100% recyclable and can be reused on new builds, renovations or mulched for landscaping. Clay brick has been used for centuries. It has been molded by the hands of laborers across the southern United States, employed to articulate shadow and texture by famed architects of the 20th century, and is used on a range of building typologies across the globe today.

To this end, the Brick Education Prize seeks to recognize effective, innovative proposals and curricula that create a stimulating environment for learning about brick. These proposals should equip students with the knowledge and design skills to achieve sustainable design goals in a range of project types. From seminars and design studios to building technology tutorials and lessons, the proposals for incorporating brick into your courses and offered at schools of architecture are endless.


May 2024

Call for Proposals

September 25, 2024

Submission Deadline

December 2024

Selected Proposal Notification


Up to three proposals will be selected by the jury for five thousand dollars in cash prizes. Additionally, travel support for the course and students to visit a manufacturing facility and/or guest speaks for the class. Funding provided by Brick Industry Association (BIA). To receive the cash prize and support, winners must demonstrate viability for the proposal at their host institution within two years of the prize’s distribution via a letter from their program’s head administrator. Developed syllabi of winning proposals will be published on the ACSA website as well as the BIA website.


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Submissions will be accepted through an online interface and must be received by September 25, 2024. The final submission upload must contain the following in a single PDF file:

  • Proposal (three pages)—The proposal should consist of a title, description, a list of selected readings or other sources, and a work plan for development and implementation.
  • Faculty Bio—If multiple faculty are involved, include all (entire bio submission not to exceed two pages).
  • Letter of Support—A letter from the head administrator of the architecture program (one page) that shows support for the proposal to be included in a future academic year.

All material should be submitted in PDF format, with no more than six 8.5” x 11” pages total.


The Brick Prize is open to all faculty at ACSA Member Schools around the world.

Review Process

A three-person jury of educators will review the submissions and determine Prize winners. Special Consideration is given to proposals that include methods and themes that innovate and promote sustainable design.


Edwin Hernández
Programs Coordinator

Eric Wayne Ellis
Senior Director of Operations and Programs