We are delighted to invite you to submit your examples of aerogel use in architecture, construction, refurbishment and monument preservation as built solutions or student projects. We are searching for the top realized projects internationally to showcase the best projects of architects, civil engineers or top project ideas of students from these fields. The best projects selected by our jury will be shortlisted for our Aerogel Architecture Awards ceremony hosted near Zurich at NEST Empa campus, which will give broad recognition to the projects. The projects will be published in relevant international magazines and portals. The award celebrates the best examples with regards to energy efficiency, unconventional solutions, translucent daylighting, high performing buildings solutions with use of super insulating aerogel materials.

REALIZED SOLUTIONS / architects, civil engineers and their studios
STUDENT DESIGNS / architecture and civil engineering students

January 20, 2024 – Competition announcement and registration opens
June 14, 2024 – Project submission deadline (23:59 hours Zurich time)
July 12, 2024, 15:30 – Winners’ announcement event, Nest building, Empa Duebendorf (on-site and public stream)

Ralf Kilian // Fraunhofer IBP / Preservation of Historic Monuments and Preventive Conservation / Ger-many
Beat Kämpfen // Kämpfen Zinke + Partner / Switzerland
Volker Herzog // Herzog-architektur / Germany
Manfred Wehdorn // Wehdorn architekten / Austria
Michael O´Connor // Advapor / Advanced porous material consortium / France


Architectural and civil engineering studios can submit realized projects of renovation, refurbishment or new buildings located in any country and place. Students of architecture and civil engineering can submit their proposals and design studio projects with use of aerogel based materials. The award is communicated in English. Projects should be no older than three years. Highly encouraged are submissions of realized projects of renovation of protected buildings, refurbished buildings and new buildings where the energy efficiency was improved using aerogel insulation materials or translucency of silica aerogels is used. Winners of Realized solutions category will be invited to Switzerland for the announcement event, which will take place at the NEST building at the Empa campus in Duebendorf (Zurich). The winners of this category will receive a memorial trophy and will be invited to introduce shortly their project within ca. 10 minutes to broader audience. Student category will be invited to present their project via video presentation.


cash prize award: $ 3,760.00 USD