Designing With Clay Brick

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. With endless patterns, colors, and sizes to choose from, clay brick will elevate your designs to stand out from the rest.

Unlimited Design Potential

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Brick In Architecture Awards

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Educational Resources For Architects

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. 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.

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Technical Notes

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 document 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. Click here to view BIA’s CAD Details on the AEC Info Website.

Technical Notes

Brick Masonry Techniques for Architects Video Series

For architects who want a quick overview on a specific topic, BIA's master mason has developed 20 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” for more information.

Videos For Architects


Project Highlights


Roth Estate Winery Cave

Learn how this winery cave was affordably transformed with thin brick.

Thin Brick Wine Cave


This Chicago student housing project uses grey thin brick in alternating thicknesses in a vertically stacked pattern to achieve a unique look.

Thin Brick Student Housing


The Jax

The Jax showcases the brilliant use of thin brick to achieve the same look and benefits of full brick.

Thin Brick Building Exterior

brick building facade with arches


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.

brick locator

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Check out our project gallery to step up your design game!

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Award winning brick build

Brick in Architecture Awards

Award-winning projects you don't want to miss!

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Award winning brick interior design

Thin Brick

Learn why more architects are designing with thin brick


Gorgeous Thin Brick Ceiling

Brick Benefits

No other cladding can compete with the benefits brick provides.

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Award winning brick fireplace

Technical Resources

Leverage BIA's free technical notes and resources

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Beautiful brick accent wall

Where To Buy Brick

Use our map to find showrooms near you!


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Additional Educational Opportunities

BIA is proud to offer extensive resources and educational opportunities to industry professionals.

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