Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction

The Holcim Foundation was created in 2003 to promote thought leadership for a greener, smarter, circular, and more inclusive built environment. A growing number of actors across the construction value chain are stepping up to drive sustainable transformation and ensure a future built environment in which both people and planet can thrive.

The Holcim Foundation is an initiative of Holcim and expresses our commitment to accelerating our world’s transition to a net zero and inclusive future. The Foundation gathers and shares knowledge, recognizes and connects industry pioneers, and boosts the most innovative solutions.

We are convinced that a number of interdependent goals and guiding principles for sustainable construction must be understood, mainstreamed, and implemented to succeed in building a better world.

The Foundation exists to support the architecture, design and engineering innovators who want to change the way the world builds – and accelerate the transfer of ideas and best practices across regions and across generations.

Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

The Foundation conducts the Holcim Awards – the world’s most significant competition for sustainable design with total prize money per cycle of USD 1 million. 

Competition open for entries until March 30, 2023

The internationally renowned Holcim Awards are now open for entries. With a total prize pool of USD 1 million, the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction conducts the global competition to reward and shed light on real-world examples in practice that can accelerate the global movement for sustainable design.

Independent expert juries will evaluate entries using the Holcim Foundation’s goals for sustainable construction that serve as a framework to drive system change: uplifting places, a healthy planet, viable economics, and thriving communities.

The juries will be chaired by Tatiana Bilbao, Founder, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO (for region Latin America), Craig Dykers, Founding Partner, Snøhetta (North America), Lesley Lokko, Founder, African Futures Institute (Middle East Africa), Manit Rastogi, Founding Partner, Morphogenesis (Asia Pacific), and Belinda Tato, Founding member, Ecosistema Urbano (Europe).

With close to 30,000 entries received from 130 countries over the past two decades, the reach of the Holcim Awards is truly global. More importantly, the impact for the authors of the over 250 projects recognised to date is significant. From legitimacy to support project realisation on the ground to peer recognition at a global scale, the Holcim Awards play a key role in accelerating the best ideas and solutions for a more sustainable built environment.

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