Masonry Institute of Iowa

6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266
Phone: 515-252-0637


Call for Entries - Architectural Design Awards

Submission deadline has been extended thru Friday, July 21!

Click here to download the Call for Entries brochure.

To submit an entry online, click here.
To submit payment for your entry online, click here.

To download the Photo Consent and Submittal Form, click here.

Iowa licensed architects with AIA, Iowa, membership may submit projects.  All submissions must be predominantly masonry completed within the last six years in Iowa.  Commercial, residential, extended use and restoration projects will be considered.  Past award winning projects are not eligible although past entries are encouraged to submit again.

All entries will be recognized at the AIA, Iowa Annual Convention on Friday, September 29, 2017. Prior to the awards ceremony, entries will be notified if they will be receiving an award.

As in past years, the Masonry Institute of Iowa will award the following:
 •   Grand Award
 •   Award of Merit with Distinction
 •   Award with Merit
 •   Honorable Mentions

The Masonry Institute of Iowa is also introducing several new awards for 2017:
•  Best specific use of a masonry material
•  Interior use of masonry
•  Restoration projects
•  People’s choice

Each project submitted must provide photos and/or drawings to illustrate the masonry design, workmanship and installation details.  Entries can be submitted on CD, flash drive or zip attachment emailed to jstephenson@masonryinstituteofiowa.org.  **NEW THIS YEAR** Upload your files and submit the entry fee online (links are listed above).

Photos and drawings should include, at a minimum:
 •   One view of each of the four exposed sides or elevations of the project
 •   At least six close-up views of masonry details (the detail photos should clearly show the type of masonry system used)
 •   One view of the project's immediate environment
 •   One view of the wall section

Entrants may submit more than the minimum photos required and are encouraged to submit plan details.

Mail or digitally submit the attached Photo Consent and Submittal Form with $50 payment per entry to Masonry Institute of Iowa.  A confirmation email will be sent for all entries. Entries will be reviewed by the committee to validate entry prior to judging. Entry deadline is July 17th, 2017.

Questions about your entry? Please contact Jenny Stephenson at 515-979-8235 or jstephenson@masonryinstituteofiowa.org.

All entries are judged by architects from outside Iowa.  Projects are evaluated independently, not in competition with other entries, and will focus on the excellence of each individual project.  Judging will be based on the following criteria:

 •  Creative use of masonry
 •  Structural and architectural design
 •  Proper masonry installation by a mason contractor
 •  Technical innovations and their influence on design selection
 •  Suitability of design to its environment

Don't forget, join MII as a Design Partner for $100/year and receive up to three design award entries! Click here to learn more.

2016 Winners

Grand Award - Great Rivers Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Expansion, West Burlington
Architect: INIVISION Architecture

Award of Merit With Distinction - St. Patrick Catholic Church Narthex Addition, Cedar Falls
Architect: AHTS

Question? Please contact Association Director Jenny Stephenson at jstephenson@masonryinstituteofiowa.org or 515-979-8235.

2015 Winners

Grand Award Award of Merit with DistinctionAward of Merit 
Allen Hospital
 Indianola Specialty Clinic Mitchellville Elementary
INVISION Architecture  SVPA Architects Design Alliance
Honorable Mention  Honorable Mention

University of Iowa Health Care – Iowa River Landing

  Cedar Valley SportsPlex

Neumann Monson Architects

  INVISION Architecture 

Masonry Institute of Iowa
6919 Vista Drive
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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