The Copper Development Association (CDA) awarded eight, innovative copper building projects in the United States and Canada as part of its annual North American Copper in Architecture (NACIA) awards program. With a newfound consideration for healthy design in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, designers are turning to the timeless metal for its sustainable and antimicrobial properties.

Launched in 2008, the NACIA awards program recognizes copper’s versatile use in building construction and promotes its innovative applications. Winning projects represent a wide variety of design styles and buildings including residential structures, government facilities, and museums – all of which were executed with remarkable detail, creativity, and craftsmanship.

“The future is bright for copper innovation,” said Stephen Knapp, the director of the Strip, Sheet, & Plate Council for CDA. “The 2020 winners demonstrate the versatility and great natural beauty of copper, and showcase the skill and vision of their installers and specifiers in bringing these designs to fruition.”

The eight winning projects were selected by leading experts in the use of copper in architecture. Judges make their selections based on the presence and use of copper and technique throughout the project, the quality of copper installation and function, and when applicable, the significance of the project at hand – whether historic, modern, or otherwise. A complete list of winners can be found below.

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Antiquarian Hall

Worcester, Massachusetts

Patina Artist: DLSS Manufacturing

Sheet Metal Contractor: Cold Hollow Contraction

Architect: Samuel Anderson Architects


Ballet Memphis

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Architect: Archimania

Manufacturer: Petersen Aluminum Corporation

General Contractor: Grinder, Taber, & Grinder, Inc.


Boat Barn

Bay Head, New Jersey

Architect: Brandes Maselli Architects

Roofing Contractor: Schuler Roofing

Point Pleasant, New Jersey


Cascade County Courthouse

Great Falls, Montana

General Contractor: Renaissance Roofing, Inc.

Architect: A&E Architects, PC.

Consulting Architect & Sheet Metal Contact: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.

Owner: Cascade County


Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Dallas, Texas

Architect: OMNIPLAN Architects

Sheet Metal Contractor: Baker Triangle

General Contractor: Austin Commercial

Structural Engineer: Datum Architects

Civil Engineer: Walter P Moore

Exterior Copper Manufacturer: Hussey Copper

Interior Copper Manufacturer: Arubis

Exhibit Designer: Berenbaum, Jacobs & Associates

MEP Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers


Ottawa Residence

Rockliffe Park, Ontario

Sheet Metal Contractor: Raymond Group

General Contractor: Roca Homes

Architect: Barry J. Hobin & Associates

Structural Engineer: WSP

Civil Enginer: D.B. Gray Engineering, Inc.

Interior Designer: Danielle Hannah

Landscape Designer: Sharanne Paquette


McGill University, Macdonald-Harrington Restoration

Montreal, Quebec

Architect: EVOQ Architecture, Inc.

General Contractor: Saint-Denis Thompson, Inc.

Sheet Metal Contractor: Les Couvertures Saint-Leonard.

Tinsmith: Perron et fils


Starbucks Reserve Roasterie

New York, New York

Sheet Metal Contractor: A. Zahner Company

Owner: Starbucks