From the Editor Summer 2021

Design Excellence

If there’s one thing we love at the Architects’ Guide to Glass & Metal magazine, it’s amazing architectural glazing projects. If you’re familiar with our sister publication USGlass magazine you probably know about our annual design awards, which we launched in 2019. This program has continued to grow and we’re excited to now be in our third year. Last year we received nearly double the entries compared to 2019, and were overwhelmed by the quality of projects submitted. I’m excited to see what 2021 will bring, and hope that you will take the time to enter your best work from the past year.

These awards will highlight design innovation, aesthetic achievements and technical difficulty of the project—all while incorporating glass and metal as dominant building materials. We’ve also expanded the number of categories to include:
• Low- to mid-rise construction (under 75 feet);
• Highrise construction (more than 75 feet);
• Commercial interiors (podium, lobby spaces, etc.);
• Façade retrofit/renovation (New!);
• Art glass (architectural glass used as a medium for artistic expression and integrated into a building or urban habitat) (New!);
• Structural glass – Facades (New!); and
• Structural glass – Floors, stairs, fins, beams, etc. (New!)

I must also take a moment to thank the individuals who have volunteered their time to serve as judges:
• Adrian Betanzos, Innovation Team, Tech Company, Cupertino, Calif.; Guest Lecturer, UC Berkeley Department of Architecture;
• Richard Green, Principal/Owner, Green Facades LLC;
• Mic Patterson, Ambassador of Innovation and Collaboration, Facade Tectonics Institute; and
• Christopher Payne, Associate, Gensler.

These judges are incredibly knowledgeable in their respective fields and will bring expertise in the glass, glazing and façade industry.

Entries are due by August 20, 2021 and will be recognized in the January 2022 issue and cover of USGlass magazine and will receive extensive coverage throughout the year. I look forward to seeing your great work!

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