The Holcim Awards 2023 competition is now open for entries

Financial support: The non-profit organization Holcim Foundation’s awards program invites designers and architects to submit sustainable design projects that “exemplify the most innovative practice in sustainable construction”.

The 2023 Holcim Awards are calling on design industry professionals to submit real projects that are pioneering in promoting a sustainably built environment by March 30, 2023.

Independent experts evaluate the submitted projects based on the Holcim Foundation’s sustainability goals, which the organization believes are driving change.

The jury chairs include Founder and Director of the African Futures Institute, Lesley Lokko; founding partner at Snøhetta, Craig Dykers; founding partner at Morphogenesis, Manit Rastogi; Founder of Ecosistema Urbano, Belinda Tato; and founder of Tatiana Bilbao Studio, Tatiana Bilbao.

The award aims to accelerate sustainable change in the built environment

Applicants can apply to the competition in five regional sections: Europe, Middle East, Africa, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific. Projects must be supported by the customer, commissioned for development and should have reached the detailed design stage.

Industry professionals judging the Latin America category include Carlos Cubillos, director of Gensler; CEO of Holcim Colombia, Marco Maccarelli; and Founder of MMBB Architecture, Marta Moreira.

Some of the professionals judging the Asia Pacific category are Founding Director of Desire Lines Sarah Ichioka and Founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia Maria Atkinson.

A photo of previous winners of the Holcim Awards
The award program has been running for two decades

Judges in the European category include Head of Anupama Kundoo Architecture, Anupama Kundoo, and Founding Partner of Snøhetta, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen.

The judges in the Africa category include cmDesign Atelier principal architect Tosin Oshinowo and Aziza Chaouni Projects director Aziza Chaouni.

Judges accessing North American projects include HKS principal and director of integration Julie Hiromoto and partner in the lateral office Lola Sheppard.

Representation of an office building full of plants and bushes
Independent experts evaluate the submitted projects based on the sustainability goals of the Holcim Foundation

With the competition, the Holcim Foundation wants to raise awareness of the urgency to accelerate systematic changes in the construction industry to “ensure a future built environment in which both people and the planet can thrive”.

The foundation believes the industry needs to make sweeping changes to make rapid progress on issues such as climate change, the global housing crisis and ecosystem restoration.

The competition offers $1 million in prize money across the five regions, with $200,000 available in each region for gold, silver, bronze and recognition awards.

Rendering of a glass tower at night
The award program invites architects to submit sustainable design and construction projects

“This is your chance to be recognized as a leader in sustainable design and building and to inspire others to follow in your footsteps,” said the Holcim Foundation.

“The Holcim Awards Sustainable Building Competition is a global platform that provides architects, engineers and urban planners with the opportunity to share how they are putting their innovative ideas into practice,” said Laura Viscovich, executive director of the Holcim Foundation.

“We look forward to receiving submissions from around the world and seeing how these projects will contribute to a more sustainable built environment.”

City landscape from a bird's eye view
The competition runs until March 30th

The Holcim Awards have been presented for two decades and previous winners have included architects Diébédo Francis Kéré, Alejandro Aravena and Wang Shu.

The competition can be submitted until March 30, 2023, and the winners will be announced in person during an event on November 18, 2023 at the 18th Venice International Architecture Biennale: The Laboratory of the Future.

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This article was written by Dezeen for the Holcim Foundation as part of a partnership. Find out more about the contents of the Dezeen partnership here.

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