MCLEAN, Va. — The North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Awards committee invites architects, designers, and sheet metal contractors to submit projects featuring copper architectural elements for consideration.

The NACIA Awards program honors exceptional use of architectural copper in both new construction and in restorations. Architects and contractors should submit projects that demonstrate copper’s versatility and beauty when used in building projects. Projects completed within the past three years in the United States or Canada may be submitted.

“Copper is a building material that has stood the test of time and continues to excel because of its durability, sustainability and adaptability,” said Stephen Knapp, director of the Strip, Sheet, and Plate program at the Copper Development Association. “Since the award program launched in 2008, we have seen very innovative and impressing projects — we are excited to carry on that tradition in 2021.”

Past NACIA winners include new construction, and restorations of educational facilities, historic government buildings, museums, private residential homes, and religious structures, incorporating ornaments, roofing, panels and screens and other applications.

Judges will evaluate all submissions based on system design, integration of copper alloys, craftsmanship of installation, and excellence in innovation or restoration.  A new judging criterion this year will increase focus on green and sustainable building strategies using copper. Winning projects will receive a citation and copper plaque and will feature in media outreach, promotional materials and showcases within the copper industry.

To learn more about the NACIA awards program, visit the Copper in Architecture Awards Page on