15 Buildings that Show Innovative Architectural Design

15 Buildings that Show Innovative Architectural Design
04 May 2017

By Stephen Knapp, Director of Sheet, Strip and Plate for CDA

It’s amazing to see the innovative ways copper continues to be applied to buildings across North America. Last week, the Copper Development Association (CDA) and the Canadian Copper & Brass Development Association (CCBDA) awarded the architects and contractors who worked on 15 stunning structures utilizing copper.

Among the projects selected this year for a North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) Award were four residential buildings, government buildings and a religious temple, just to name a few. The buildings were judged by a panel of architectural and copper industry experts and were evaluated based upon overall design, integration of copper, craft of copper installation and excellence in innovation or historic restoration. To see a list of the project winners, click here.

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2017 marked a special occasion – we celebrated a decade of architectural copper building projects from across the United States and Canada. To commemorate the milestone, we hosted a ceremony in Orlando on April 27 to award the 2017 NACIA winners and 10 top NACIA projects from the last decade.

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The evening began with a cocktail reception consisting of an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres and beverages, followed by a formal awards presentation where we called up the representatives for each project to accept their award.


Copper’s natural beauty, durability, long service life and sustainability make it a superior building material that can be utilized for a wide variety of cutting-edge applications. It’s these qualities that continue to produce award worthy copper projects.

To learn more about the NACIA awards program and for more information about the different types of copper applications, visit www.copper.org.



  1. Wow, that’s an impressive list! Besides being a great material for construction, it just looks great. We don’t see copper used much in HI but when it is, it’s on some of the beautiful old churches, adds so much character.

  2. Very cool article. I think it would be amazing to work in these buildings every day, It would be inspirational to even walk into work.

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