Think Brick launches Open Face Award

Apr 14, 2011
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Think Brick is offering a return trip to the Venice Biennale in 2012 as part of a new award in its annual awards program.

Open to all architects and designers, the Open Face Award is a conceptual design competition asking entrants to re-imagine the suburban home in the face of greater density. The winning concept in the Open Face Award is a return business class airfare to the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

This year’s About Face Student Award challenges students to design a suburban home using half the number of bricks used in the average suburban bungalow, on a typical quarter acre lot. The winning student will also travel to the 2012 Venice Biennale, with three commendations with a cash prize of $500 on offer.

The invitation-only About Face Award will this year see six firms propose their concept for the best suburban house within the context of greater density. This year’s About Face architects are Ian McDougall of ARM, Olivia Hyde of BVN Architecture, LAVA’s Chris Bosse, Trent Woods and Jennie Officer from Officer Woods, Adrian Spence from Richards & Spence, and Thomas Bailey, Nathan Crump, Aaron Roberts and James Wilson of Room11.

Think Brick’s Horbury Hunt Award also returns this year, celebrating brick craftsmanship in completed projects. Entries to the Horbury Hunt award close on 31 May 2011 – to enter, go to

For more information about the Think Brick awards program, visit

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