The North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program, organized by the Copper Development Association and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association, recognizes and promotes building projects in the United States and Canada for their outstanding use of architectural copper and copper alloys. The annual awards program showcases a wide range of projects, all of which highlight craftsmanship, attention to detail, and architectural vision.
The 2019 winners display a great balance of innovative wall cladding structures and historical restoration projects, which is very indicative of the architectural trends seen across North America. The two winners in the West are: Arizona State University, Biodesign Institute C in Tempe, Arizona, for its wall cladding, designed by ZGF Portland, Oregon, and installed by Kovach Building Enclosures, Chandler, Arizona; and Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, for its wall cladding, designed by Formline Architecture, West Vancouver, British Columbia.
Since its launch in 2008, the NACIA awards program has awarded 144 projects across three categories: new construction, restoration, and ornamental applications. All submissions are judged and reviewed by a panel of copper and architectural experts based on building design, use of copper and technique throughout the project, copper installation, and when applicable, historic renovation.