Call for Submissions for Holcim Awards

The built environment shapes all our lives. It is also largely responsible for human-made alterations to our planet’s ecosystems. So, to allow all life on earth to be sustained, we must urgently transform the way we build – at pace and at scale. As a non-profit organization deeply committed to enabling this change, the Holcim Foundation has reshaped its flagship Holcim Awards competition to focus on bringing to light and rewarding real-world case studies that exemplify the most innovative practice in sustainable construction.

As the window of opportunity to secure a “livable future” narrows, the challenge of accelerating wide-scale system change needs leading-edge thinking to be identified and best practice solutions to be placed into the hands of everyone. Actors across the entire global construction value chain have the power and responsibility to undertake sustainable transformation and ensure a future built environment in which both people and planet can thrive. The industry must make wide-scale progress on issues including the global housing crisis, climate mitigation and climate adaptation, and ecosystem restoration and regeneration. 

Across its almost two-decades of history, the Holcim Awards competition has received more than 30,000 entries and developed an international reputation for identifying forward-thinking approaches with more than 250 prize-winning projects acknowledged across 70 countries. The Holcim Foundation is again calling on architects, urban planners, and engineers to submit sustainable design and construction projects that lead the way in transforming the building sector. The Holcim Awards 2023 competition is open for entries until March 30, 2023. Submissions for the five regional competitions must be client-supported and commissioned for real-world execution. The project must not have started construction before January 1, 2022 and should have at least reached the detailed design phase.

The juries will be chaired by Tatiana Bilbao, Founder, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO (for region Latin America), Craig Dykers, Founding Partner, Snøhetta (North America), Lesley Lokko, Founder, African Futures Institute (Middle East Africa), Manit Rastogi, Founding Partner, Morphogenesis (Asia Pacific), and Belinda Tato, Founding member, Ecosistema Urbano (Europe).