Excellence in Masonry

In Conjunction with the AIA Wisconsin Convention

The Wisconsin Masonry Alliance (WMA) is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of masonry construction through the dissemination of technology, practice, products, and design. A highlight of our promotional efforts is the Excellence in Masonry Awards presented in recognition of masonry projects exemplifying great design, inspiring material usage, and quality construction. Showcase your masonry masterpiece by entering today. There is no cost to enter.


2019 Wisconsin Masonry Alliance Excellence in Masonry Awards Breakfast 


Information coming soon!


Any individual involved in the design, supply or construction of a masonry building may participate and enter a project.  Entries must adhere to the following:

1. A minimum of 50% of the project’s exterior must consist of masonry. The exterior masonry requirement may be reduced to 25%, if interior applications feature 50% exposed masonry.
2. The project must be constructed in Wisconsin utilizing masonry products produced or supplied by a Wisconsin Masonry Alliance member.
3. The project’s occupancy date must be no longer than five years from the date of submission.
4. Any project that has previously won a Wisconsin Masonry Alliance award may not be re-entered.


All entries will be judged on:

1. Design creativity – uniqueness of project.
2. Visual impact and acceptance – impression, relationship to site, pedestrian connection. 
3. Inspiring material usage – details, features, or solutional elements.
4. Masonry utilization – the material’s relationship in establishing the character and fulfilling the function of the structure.


Winning projects will be exhibited and awards will be presented at the Annual Excellence in Masonry Breakfast at the 2018 AIA-Wisconsin Convention for the following commercial, residential, public, and industrial categories:

1. Best of Show in Excellence in Masonry Award Program – Project exemplifying masonry at its finest.
2. Best of Clay Masonry – Deemed best project utilizing clay masonry.
3. Merit in Clay Award – Exemplary project utilizing clay masonry.
4. Best of Concrete Masonry – Deemed best project utilizing concrete masonry.
5. Merit in Concrete – Exemplary project utilizing concrete masonry.
6. Best of Natural Stone – Deemed best project utilizing natural stone masonry.
7. Merit in Natural Stone – Exemplary project utilizing natural stone masonry.
8. E2 Award – Masonry project purposed for energy & environmental preservation.
9. Restoration - Exemplary masonry utilization in a restoration showing before and after.
10. Dennis Wilichowski Award - Excellence in overall aesthetic and craftsmanship of masonry.

*Based on submittals, all categories may not be awarded.


Each entry must include:

1. Online Submission - (www.wma-online.org) or a signed official Entry Form (Entry Form may be duplicated)
2. Minimum (5), maximum (10) digital images of project on CD-ROM or submitted online.  Two versions of each image: 300 dpi (minimum 4x6 inches) and 72 dpi.  
3. A minimum 250-word description of the project including utilization of masonry.
4. Minimum (2), maximum (4); PDF images of drawing plan, elevation, or section. (2) of the (10) photos must be detail views (full or partial) showing masonry components, structure, interfaces, etc.
5. No entry fee is required.