Call for Entries: The International Masonry Institute’s (IMI’s) JBC Masonry Innovation Competition

The competition challenges current and budding designers to answer the question: what will masonry’s design and construction delivery experience look like in the future?

Recently featured in Archinect’s Weekly Wrap-Up of New Design Competitions Worth Checking Out, the Bricklayers & Allied Crafworkers Local 1 MD-VA-DC would like to invite your firm to enter the International Masonry Institute’s (IMI's) Joan B. Calambokidis (JBC) Masonry Innovation Competition.

The JBC Masonry Innovation Competition challenges architects, engineers, students, and firms to imagine the future of masonry design. Participants should rethink the innovative potential of masonry construction by exploring approaches to energy efficiency, resiliency, sustainability, and mass customization. Make sure to check out Harvard University Graduate School of Design article. 

The competition is named for former IMI President Joan B. Calambokidis, who retired in April 2017 after more than twenty years leading IMI. During her tenure, Calambokidis strived to foster collaboration between craftworkers, contractors, and designers to improve building design and construction. The competition honors Calambokidis’ legacy of innovation and her commitment to the future of masonry design.

To encourage freedom to innovate, the scale, size, program, and location, if applicable, are left open to the participant. Participants should model their solutions using BIM technology, and are encouraged to make use of BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) software plugins and tools.

The final solution can be an imagined, proposed, or completed structure or system. Submissions should clearly illustrate how masonry can transform or enhance its role in the building industry and how this process advances design and construction opportunities in the future.

Prize per Entry Category:

·         $10,000 A/E Firms, Individual Architects/Engineers & Cross-Category;

·          $10,000 Young Architects/Engineers (Under 40); and

·          $5,000 Students (an additional $5,000 will be awarded to the specific school program in which the student is enrolled).

In addition to monetary prizes, winners may receive special publication and promotion opportunities and will be honored during an awards ceremony in Florida, with travel and accommodations covered by IMI.


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