(McLean, VA) ─ Entries are now open for the 2020 North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards. Architects, designers, and sheet metal contractors are invited to submit their building projects for consideration through January 31, 2020. Now in its 13th year, the program recognizes and promotes architectural copper and copper alloys structures in North America.
For over a decade, the NACIA program has been North America’s premier award program in the field of copper architecture, craftsmanship, and design. Since its launch in 2008, the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) have recognized over 130 innovative copper projects.
NACIA award-winning projects demonstrate a wide range of variety, including government buildings, libraries, museums, firehouses, private homes, places of worship, commercial buildings, healthcare buildings, and more – all of which can be found on CDA’s website. A few notable projects from the last 2-3 years include:
The American Copper Buildings
New York, New York
New Construction – Wall Cladding
Architect: SHoP Architects
The Hidden Path House
Shelter Island, New York
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Roofing/Copper Siding Contractor:
The Gap Cove House
Architect: Ruhl Studio Architects
Sheet Metal Contractor: Paul John and Son
Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C
New Construction – Wall Cladding
Exterior Envelope Sub-contractor: Kovach Building Enclosures
West Block Rehabilitation Project Parliamentary Hill
Restoration – Roofing
Architect: Arcop/Fournier Gersovitz Moss Drolet Architects in Joint Venture
Sheet Metal Contractor: Heather and Little Ltd.
Gap Cove House. Photo: Chris Becker
In order to meet requirements for eligibility, the projects must be located in the United States or Canada, feature a significant application of architectural copper alloys, and have been completed between 2017 and 2020. Listed below is additional information required for eligibility:
Official project name
Architect of Record & Location
Consulting Architect(s) & Location
General Contractor & Location
Roofing and/or Sheet Metal Contractor & Location
Copper Manufacturer & Location
Description of Building highlighting the copper system
Up to 10 High-resolution Photographs of the project and copper system
Agreement to Awards Submission Rules
Winning projects are chosen by a panel of experts and professionals in the copper industry, and judgments are based on the following items:
Sustainable copper solutions
Green copper strategies
Copper system design
Integration of copper alloys with the overall building design
Craftsmanship of installation
Excellence in innovation or restoration
Groups or individuals who submit an award-winning project will receive a custom copper plaque featuring an etching of their award-winning project, receive recognition on CDA’s website and promotion in various publications.
Visit the NACIA’s Call for Entries Page to submit your project.
The Copper Development Association Inc. is the market development, engineering and information services arm of the copper industry, chartered to enhance and expand markets for copper and its alloys in North America.
Membership in CDA is open to copper producers worldwide and to brass mill, wire mill and foundry fabricators of copper and copper alloys with production facilities in the USA.
Membership provides the opportunity to be part of an industrywide market development and technical service program so large and diverse that no one company would be prepared to undertake it alone.
Hidden Path Residence. Photo: Peter Aaron Architectural Photography