USGlass Magazine’s Second Annual Design Competition is Now Open

After an impressive debut in 2019, USGlass Magazine is excited to announce the second Design Awards competition, which was created to recognize excellence in the use of architectural glass and glazing. The awards will highlight exemplary uses of glass and glazing in both interior and exterior applications across several categories, with the winning projects being those that push the proverbial envelope of what’s possible in architecture and design.

Whether high- or low-rise, interior or specialty construction, glass and glazing products are being used as the dominant design element in projects around the world. It’s time to once again show us your best. The USGlass Magazine Design Awards are open to all members of the architectural glazing industry, including contract glaziers, glass and metal fabricators and suppliers, architects, developers, owners and building envelope/façade

Rules and Eligibility

• Project submissions must have been completed since January 2019;
• Projects located throughout the world are eligible for entry;
• Submissions must feature architectural glazing prominently within the design;
• Submissions must include up to five high-resolution (300 dpi; 1200 x 2400 pixels max) images. Please include a close-up to illustrate level of difficulty, as well as images of the finished job;
• Submissions, including all images, must be approved for publication by project owner, and you must have the rights to use the images for editorial purposes;
• To maintain anonymity in judging, the names of entrants or collaborating parties will not appear on any submission materials provided to judges.
• Entry forms must be completed in their entirety.


Low- to Mid-Rise Construction (under 75 feet)
High-Rise Construction (more than 75 feet)
Commercial Interiors (podium, lobby spaces, etc.)
Specialty Construction (staircases, floors, railings, etc.)

To Enter

The entry form is available online at and is due by September 23, 2020. If you have questions about the awards, please contact Ellen Rogers at or call 540/602-3249.


Submissions should illustrate the following:
• Design innovation;
• Aesthetic achievements;
• Technical difficulty.


Winning projects will be featured in the January 2021 issue of USGlass magazine. The winning project in each category will also be featured on select covers of the January issue.


Submissions will be due by September 23, 2020 and announced in the January 2021 issue of USGlass magazine. Entry Fee: $55.


Adrian Betanzos

Innovation Team, Tech Company, Cupertino, Calif.; Guest Lecturer,
UC Berkeley Department of Architecture

Adrian Betanzos is a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley Department of Architecture, and also works at the innovation team of a known technology company in Cupertino, Calif., where he is in charge of developing new architectural materials, with a stronger focus on glass and its structural application. He has worked as a glass consultant for Vitro in Mexico City, a project manager for Permasteelisa North America and as a façade consultant at Front Inc. He has been an adjunct professor for the City University of New York and NYU, and lectured at many universities, including Columbia, as well as global façade events.

Richard Green

Principal/Owner, Green Facades LLC

Richard Green has been a global façade specialist for more than 30 years. He is the technical chair for the ASTM Structural Glass Committee and has an advisory role to Eurocode EC11. He is a member of the ASTM E1300 technical committee and was formally a member of the Australian Standard AS1288, Glass in Buildings technical working group. He is a professional engineer registered in the states of Washington, New York, Texas and Colorado and is a Chartered Professional Engineer in Australia, where he’s also a registered building practitioner in the State of Victoria. He is a returning USGlass Design Awards judge.

Mic Patterson

Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration, Facade Tectonics Institute

Mic Patterson, founder, officer and board member of the Facade Tectonics Institute, is a designer, researcher, educator, futurist, author, photographer and entrepreneur. He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced façade technology and sustainable building practices. He is also a lecturer at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, and is a former member of the Advisor Group for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures (Wiley), and is a returning USGlass Design Awards judge.

Ben Tranel

Principal, Gensler

Over his 14 years in Gensler’s San Francisco office, Ben Tranel has grown the firm’s practice, refined its working methods, and strengthened its relationships, both locally and abroad. His portfolio spans mixed use, residential, office, hospitality, civic, and cultural projects. Highlights include the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, multiple developments in the Bay Area, and the recently completed headquarters building for Alexandria Real Estate in Pasadena, Calif. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Inaugural Winners of the USGlass Design Awards

The USGlass Magazine Design Awards were launched in 2019 to recognize excellence in the use of architectural glass. Here’s a look back at the four winning projects from the inaugural competition.

High-Rise Construction: 181 Fremont, submitted by Vitro Architectural Glass
Low- to Mid-Rise Construction: Nike House of Innovation 000, submitted by Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers
Specialty Construction: Amazon Spheres, submitted by Vitro Architectural Glass
Commercial Interiors: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, submitted by Standard Bent Glass

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