A multilevel house featuring suites for diplomats and their families in Mexico; a center for visiting dignitaries in Maryland; a self-supporting scheme for interlocking bricks that would not require mortar; and a brick featuring an outer leaf panel designed to produce curvilinear shapes were among the six winning schemes in the inaugural Brick-Stainable competition. Launched by Potomac Valley Brick (PVB) as a means of recognizing sustainable design using brick, “Brick-Stainable: Re-Thinking Brick” tasked entrants with creating innovative solutions using clay masonry units—brick—as a primary material, with a focus on creating a diplomatic campus. Participants also were asked to address net zero energy, material innovation, and the use of brick as the primary thermal material.

A jury including 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 chose six honorable mentions in two categories: technical design and whole building design.

Each winner received a $2,000 prize presented during an awards ceremony on Jan. 27 in Washington, D.C. However, no winner was awarded the $10,000 grand prize, which has been rolled over into the next competition. Now, if a winner is chosen in the 2010 competition, he or she will receive $20,000. For more information on the competition, visit www.brick-stable.com