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Potomac Valley Brick Announced Winners of Sustainable Architectural Design Competition

Hoping to unearth innovative ideas to showcase brick in sustainable new design uses, Potomac Valley Brick (PVB) launched its first international sustainable architectural design competition. With an overwhelming response, 95 entries from over 17 countries around the world were submitted.

On December 11, 2009, Brick-Stainable winners were selected by a prestigious panel of jurors which included Carnegie Mellon Architecture Professor Vivian Loftness, University of Maryland School of Architecture Dean and Professor Garth Rockcastle, IDEO Practice Lead and Material Scientist Kara Johnson, and AXIM Director of Marketing Martin Vachon.

Impressed by the ambition of the competition which asked the participants to address issues of net-zero energy, material innovation, the use of brick as a primary thermal material and deal with the design challenges of creating a diplomatic campus, the panel unanimously decided to award six entries, three winners in each category.

The jurors note that sustainability involves complex systems design and thinking. While individual entries were very strong in some areas, they were less so in others. The selection of the three winners in each category recognizes the accomplishments of each while preserving the aspirations of the competition for the future. The jury stated that there is particular value in looking at the winners as a set, as each submission excels in different aspects of the design challenge.

“We anxiously awaited the process of selecting one grand prize winner and were surprised to see that no one completely met every aspect of the competition, we are pleased to announce that in maintaining the integrity of our competition the $10,000 grand prize amount will be rolled over into next year’s grand prize – awarding the winner of “Brick-Stainable” 2010 with $20,000,” exclaimed Potomac Valley Brick president Alan Richardson. “And because there was no grand prize winner we increased the perks and compensation of the six winning entries – PVB will fly each of the winners to Washington, DC to take part in our awards ceremony and give them each a cash prize of $2,000!”

Potomac Valley Brick proudly announces the winners of “Brick-Stainable” 2009, they are:

Flora Bougiatioti                               Cyprus              Technical Design
Maria Eftychi                                    Cyprus              Technical Design
Aimilios Michael                               Cyprus              Technical Design

Kenfield Griffith                                United States     Technical Design
Rizal Muslimin                                  United States     Technical Design

Arindam Bose                                  Qatar                 Whole Building Design
Minali Singh                                     Qatar                 Whole Building Design

Héctor Alejandro Módica de Caso   Mexico             Whole Building Design
Lourdes Ivonne Del Río Suárez         Mexico             Whole Building Design

Eric Haskins                                     United States     Whole Building Design
Gary Vincent                                    United States     Whole Building Design

Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony held at the National Building Museum on January 27, 2010, sustainability leader and founder of Terrapin Bright Green Bill Browning will deliver the keynote.


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