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JBC Masonry Innovation Competition

The International Masonry Institute wants to see your bold new concepts that show how masonry can better our built environment and new ideas that have the potential to change the way we design and build with masonry and create growth opportunities for our industry.

Whether you have a great idea that addresses how infrastructure like schools and healthcare facilities will change in a post-pandemic world, thoughts on how to address the climate crisis, insights on improving equity, or another innovative plan, IMI wants to hear from you. Solutions can also explore innovations in materials, the construction process, new business models, or simply show a unique aesthetic and functional use of masonry.

Whatever direction you decide to take, your innovative solution should add value, usefulness, appreciation, and relevance to masonry design and construction. It can be either an improvement of an existing system or a groundbreaking proposal.

Imagined, proposed, and completed structures and systems are welcomed. The scale, size, program, and location are left up to your imagination, but your concepts should be both clear and constructible. We encourage you to model your solution in BIM and use BIM for Masonry (BIM-M) plugins and tools to make the most of your design.

Submission Requirements

  • Two digital presentation boards in landscape format 24″ x 36″ (JPEG, 150 dpi, RGB). Include plans, sections, details, BIM images, 3D images, and any other information needed to explain your design solution.
  • A project statement (1200 words max.) that explains how your concept rethinks the innovative potential of masonry and addresses program requirements outlined in the competition brief.
  • Technology used in your solution, as requested on the entry form.
  • Contact information, as requested on the entry form.
  • For Student Category Entrants Only: Proof of current enrollment in a design, architecture, or engineering program.

Eligibility

There are 3 entry categories:

  • Students: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited design, architecture, or engineering school.
  • Young Architects/Engineers: Any architects or engineers under the age of 40.
  • A/E Firms, Individual Architects/Engineers, & Cross-Category: Architecture/engineering firms, architects and engineers age 40 and over, and cross-category teams.

Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged in all categories to help facilitate a well-conceived solution, but individual entries are also permitted. There are no restrictions on team size. Each team or individual may only submit one entry.

Prizes

Monetary awards will be provided to 1st place winners in each of the 3 entry categories. In addition to monetary prizes, winners will receive special publicity opportunities, including the opportunity to present their designs on IMI’s popular webinar series, which regularly draws hundreds of attendees across the country.

  • Students: $5000 awarded to competitor and $5000 granted to award winner’s school/program
  • Young Architects/Engineers: $10000
  • A/E Firms, Individual Architects/Engineers, & Cross-Category: $10000

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