Recognizing the Best in Architectural Glass and Glazing

The USGlass Magazine Annual Design Awards debuted in 2019 to recognize excellence in the use of architectural glass and glazing. After two stellar years, the competition returns to once again highlight exemplary uses of glass and glazing. It has expanded to include projects in even more categories. Whether interior or exterior, lowrise or highrise, the  awards will recognize projects that push the proverbial envelope of what’s possible in architecture and design.

In today’s architecture, glass and glazing products are being used as the dominant design elements in projects around the world, and we want to see your best work. 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 consultants.

Rules and Eligibility

• Project submissions must have been completed between January 2020 and December 2020;
• Projects located throughout the world are eligible for entry;
• Submissions must feature architectural glazing prominently within the design, or show a unique, inaugural or innovative glazing 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 and provide 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.


Submissions will be due by August 20, 2021 and announced in the January 2022 issue of USGlass magazine. Entry Fee: $55


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


• Low- to mid-rise construction (under 75 feet)
• Highrise construction (more than 75 feet)
• Commercial interiors (podium, lobby spaces, etc.)
• Façade retrofit/renovation (New!)
• Art glass (architectural glass used as a medium for artistic expression and integrated into a building or urban habitat) (New!)
• Structural glass, facades (New!)
• Structural glass, stairs, fi ns, beams (New!)


Winning projects will be featured in the January 2022 issue of USGlass
magazine, and receive extensive publicity throughout the year.

To Enter

The entry form is available online at and is due by August 20, 2021. If you have questions about the awards, please contact Ellen Rogers at or call 540/602-3249


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. He 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 facade consultant at Front Inc. He has been an adjunct professor for the City University of New York and NYU, and lectured at various universities and other global technical façade gatherings.

Richard Green | Principal/Owner, Green Facades LLC

Richard Green has been a global façade specialist for more than 30 years, working with curtainwall, glass walls, tension structures and more. 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 magazine Design Awards competition judge.

Mic Patterson | Ambassador of Innovation and 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 facade 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). He is a returning USGlass magazine Design Awards competition judge.

Christopher Payne | Associate, Gensler

Chris Payne is a licensed architect with Gensler, where he leads project teams through the process of design and delivery of projects, with particular expertise in innovative and high-performance building facades. As the signature exterior expression of a building, he is inspired by the way facades reduce overall energy consumption, impact internal occupant comfort, and provide a canvas for contextual material exploration. His built portfolio includes academic, healthcare, cultural, office, and mixed-use projects, including New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. He is member of the Facade Tectonics Institute Special Advisory Council.

2020 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 2020 competition.
High-Rise Construction: Old Chicago Post Office, submitted by Vitro Architectural Glass
Low- to Mid-Rise Construction: Museum of Modern Art Expansion, submitted by Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers P.C.
Specialty Construction: Skyline College, Environmental Science Building B12, submitted by Sentech Architectural Systems
Commercial Interiors: Chicago Mercantile Exchange, submitted by Roschmann Steel & Glass

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