Landscape Designers

Why do fake brick manufacturers refer to their pavers as “brick” even though they’re not?  Because they want designers and everyone else to be confused into thinking that the important thing about pavers is the shape – not the ingredients.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking that anything that looks like a brick is brick.  To get the rich color and authentic beauty one expects, fired clay pavers are the way to go. 

Brick In Action

Clay pavers are another type of clay brick that have been used in the United States since colonial times. Many of the clay pavers on Boston's Beacon Hill have been in use for 200 years. Charleston, West Virginia installed the world's first clay brick street in 1870. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway installed over three million clay pavers in 1910-1911, and they are still residing under the asphalt surface.

Today, genuine clay pavers are selected for garden pathways, driveways, sidewalks, patios, plazas and even roadways because of their natural beauty, superior color retention and low- maintenance requirements. Since the color of a clay unit is literally fired through the body of the unit, it does not fade or require sealers like concrete units do

 

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Brick In Architecture Awards

biaawardsSince 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, and there is a specific category for landscape design.

Brick In Architecture

biabrochureStarting 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, which includes a landscape project

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. Four of them focus on clay pavers.
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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.  Moreover, BIA staff is more than pleased to create custom courses that help landscape designers earn credit through the American Society of Landscape Architects. Contact BIA for more details.

Online Videos

For landscape architects, BIA has created two videos of interest.

Find Your Brick

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.