Architects & Designers

Think of who has used brick on key projects: Thomas Jefferson, Henry Hobson Richardson, Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Michael Graves and many more. But brick doesn’t have to be on a landmark to show significance. Perhaps you grew up in a town with new brick schools, or a mid-century brick fire station, or lived in a vintage apartment building clad with brick.

Brick In Architecture

biaawardsStarting with our Brick and Tile publication that focused on Camp Lejeune in the early 1940s, the Brick In Architecture insert has been published regularly for over 70 years and is now inserted in the official publication of AIA, Architect magazine. You can download some of our most recent issues by going here

Brick In Architecture Awards

biabrochureSince 1989, the Brick Industry Association has sponsored one of the country's most prestigious architectural award programs - the Brick in Architecture Awards. As the only national association to represent both manufacturers and distributors, BIA is the authority in the clay brick industry. As such, the Brick in Architecture Awards has become the nation's premiere architectural award featuring clay brick.

Affordability and Cost Comparisons

APA CM CreditsNo other material provides as much aesthetic, protective and long-lasting value as genuine clay brick. Whether it is a starter home or a suburban school, RS Means® data confirms that brick costs less than one may think.  With so much going for it and the significance that cladding has on the entire building project, it makes sense to view as an investment rather than a cost.

Sustainability

architects-greenUnlike fake materials that are engineered and altered to look like something it’s not, brick is made from some of earth’s most abundant and natural materials. Coupled with a long service life and incredible durability, brick is the ultimate sustainable material.

Technical Notes on Brick Construction

Architects, designers, engineers and of course members of the brick industry have depended on BIA’s Technical Notes since we first published the series in 1950. Each one of these documents is written so that the user will certainly – and frequently exceed – the stipulations outlined in their building code. This series is what BIA is best known for, and they are updated on a regular basis.

To view BIA’s CAD Details on the AEC Info Website, please visit this link

AIA Continuing Education

Because brick has been used so frequently for so long, BIA offers architects and designers a variety of courses and learning venues where they can learn about our product. Quick snapshots can be viewed on our Youtube channel. We also offer online courses through Hanley Wood University and AEC Daily, our own courses that can be taken online, and a series of “live” courses that can be delivered by BIA staff or BIA members who hold the Certified Brick Specialist (CBS) designation.

Online Videos

For architects who want a quick overview on a specific topic, BIA has 12 videos on our youtube channel that are specifically geared towards architects.  Lasting up to a minute and a half apiece, they can be accessed from any device with an internet browser at anytime. See the series “Brick Masonry Techniques for Architects” right here.

Find Your Brick Resource

BIA members manufacture brick, distribute clay brick or provide products and services to the industry. Since many manufacturers and distributors have more than one location, you can find one closest to you through BIA’s database.