Kent State’s Center for Architecture and Environmental Design Receives Brick in Architecture “Best in Class” Award

The 2017 Brick in Architecture Awards named Kent State University’s Center for Architecture and Environmental Design as “Best in Class” for the Educational (Higher Education) category. The awards honored 35 winners for their incorporation of clay brick in their designs.

“From concept to material selection, color, special shapes, coursing and performance, the brick masonry of the Center for Architecture and Environmental Design receives straight As,” says Mark Mistur, dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design. “Perhaps the most compelling and creative of all is the special shape of fin bricks – matched to the asymmetry of the hand’s grip, giving the building a human, tactile dimension. We are thrilled to have our building recognized.”

Former “Best in Class” winners judge the Brick Industry Association’s (BIA) awards and separate nominees into Best in Class, Gold, Silver and Bronze for eight categories.

The eight categories are Commercial, Educational (Higher Education), Educational (K-12), Renovations (Additions)/Restoration (Restoring), Municipal/Government, Residential – Multifamily, Residential – Single Family, and Paving and Landscaping.

“Our ‘Best in Class’ winners received the highest score from the judges for that category,” says Tricia Mauer, vice president for membership and programs for Brick in Architecture.

Architectural and design firms were able to submit their entries through April 2017, and the winners were recently announced. Kent State and the other “Best in Class” winners will be featured in a Brick in Architecture insert in the December 2017 issue of Architect Magazine.

For more information on the awards, visit

POSTED: Thursday, October 5, 2017 03:26 PM
Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2022 11:27 PM
Kristin Slomiany