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Call for Entries: North American Copper in Architecture Awards 2023

Jan. 9, 2023
The annual awards, open through March 31, celebrate distinctive copper building projects across the United States and Canada.

Copper has been used as a building material for thousands of years, and today, its recycling rate is higher than that of any other engineering metal. That's why for more than 15 years, the Copper Development Association (CDA) has presented The North American Copper in Architecture Awards, which are now open for submissions. The award program recognizes and promotes North American building projects for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys, showcasing a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail and architectural vision. 

Now, in its 16th year, the awards presented by the CDA celebrate distinctive copper building projects across the United States and Canada. Architects and contractors are invited to add their work to this distinguished portfolio of copper craftsmanship and innovation by March 31, 2023.

Eligibility and Judging Criteria

Projects of any size and type are eligible, so long as they feature architectural elements of copper, brass or bronze; were completed in the last three years; and are in the United States or Canada. Entrants only need to submit basic project details and photos for consideration by March 31, 2023. The streamlined process is available by visiting There is no cost to submit.

Last year’s winners included striking new copper installations, including a Montreal mega-hospital and an angular chapel in Utah. CDA also recognized accomplishments in historic renovations, such as the 202-year-old Court of Appeals in Washington, DC, and Chicago’s iconic Adler Planetarium dome.”

“Even after 11 centuries, architects and contractors are still finding ways to innovate with copper,” said Larry Peters, CDA’s project manager and architectural applications specialist. “This awards program is our opportunity showcase the craftsmanship of the men and women who continue to utilize copper’s natural beauty, workability, and resilience.”

Submissions are evaluated based on design, craftsmanship, integration of copper alloys, excellence in innovation or restoration, and sustainable building strategies. Winning projects receive an award, extensive exposure in architectural and construction magazines and other media, and recognition in CDA’s educational and industry outreach programs.

To learn more about the NACIA Awards and see photos and details from past winners, visit the Copper in Architecture Awards page at

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