The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading professional projects as well as bold ideas from the next generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence.
The sixth cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. The Awards offer a total of USD 2 million in prize money and foreground projects and concepts from the fields of architecture, engineering, urban planning, materials science, construction technology, and related industries.
Submissions in the LafargeHolcim Awards main category include sustainable construction projects at an advanced stage of design, with a high probability of realisation. Construction/fabrication must not have started before January 1, 2019.
The Next Generation category seeks visionary design concepts and bold ideas at a preliminary stage of design, including design studio and research work. To participate in this category, authors may not be over the age of 30. Students and young professionals are welcome to enter the main category with projects that have reached an advanced stage of design.
Independent expert juries in five geographical regions of the world evaluate submissions using the comprehensive “target issues” for sustainable construction of the LafargeHolcim Foundation. The criteria cover innovation and transferability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and compatibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact. The competition promotes circular thinking and the reduction of CO2 emissions across all disciplines. It identifies the ideas with the highest potential to tackle today’s challenges to increasing urbanisation and to improve quality of life.
Submitting entries in the competition is free and must be made in English using a web-based form to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images and/or illustrations. A step-by-step guide explains the process in detail and shows how to prepare an entry at lafargeholcim-awards.org.
Since 2003, the LafargeHolcim Foundation advances the discourse on sustainable construction, mainly through its Awards, the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design. The Foundation is an initiative of LafargeHolcim, the global leader in building materials and solutions.