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The Glass Magazine Awards Return in 2021

 Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, California. Exterior glass was fabricated by 2019 Glass Magazine Award winners Pulp Studio and Kuraray America.

Last year, in recognition of the ongoing struggle and disruption to the glass industry caused by the pandemic, Glass Magazine suspended its traditional awards program to recognize the special achievements made by companies dealing with an unprecedented crisis. This year, the Glass Magazine Awards are returning to its traditional format, and recognizing the best of what glass can do in the built environment.

Make sure your company is represented for its standout products and projects this year. Award winners will be recognized in a Glass Magazine feature spread, as well as a video presentation at GlassBuild America, also returning in September 2021.

The Process

Review the categories below, and then complete the survey, providing information related to the category prompt. Complete nominations by June 11 to be considered. 

  1. Submitters are limited to two nominations total. Complete a separate form for each nomination.
  2. To be eligible, projects must have been completed, and products must have been released, after September 2019.
  3. Do not submit the same project/product nomination for inclusion in multiple categories.
  4. Incomplete entries may be removed from consideration.
  5. Editors reserve the right to reallocate submissions to different categories as appropriate.
  6. By submitting images to the Glass Magazine Awards, you agree that you/your company are the originator or copyright owner of the work, and that you grant Glass Magazine and its parent, the National Glass Association, permission to use your submitted work in publications and related materials.

5 Tips to a Winning Nomination

Winning projects and products:

  1. Include high-quality photography (over 1 MB, 300 dpi)
  2. Clearly state why the project/product stands out from the rest
  3. Meet eligibility requirements
  4. Provide all requested information within the word limit
  5. Minimize marketing language ("This ground-breaking project...") 

The Project Categories

Project entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts.

Go to the nomination form

Best Decorative Glass Application

This category highlights stand-out decorative glass projects. Previous winners have featured large-scale architectural applications, decorative glass for signage and public art displays, innovative retail storefront and more. 

Best Feat of Engineering

This category recognizes amazing applications of glass and glazing that stretched the design and engineering team. Tell us about your structural glass walls, your glass floors, your façade systems with complex geometries, your seismic-rated curtain walls and more. 

Best Green Project  

This category recognizes high-performance, sustainable glass and glazing projects. Projects should demonstrate how glass is a key component in meeting green project performance goals. 

Best Glass Interior   

Glass is taking over the interior. Tell us about your innovative interior stairs, rails, walls and more. Describe the benefits of the interior application, from acoustic performance to daylighting. Note: projects with decorative glass should be submitted in the Best Decorative Glass Application category.

Best Jumbo Glass Project  

Go big or go home with this category, which recognizes impressive oversized glass applications for the interior or exterior.  

Best Project Team   

This category recognizes collaborative design and construction on a project with innovative glass and glazing. Entries should highlight a design-assist or design-build project that brought glass and glazing industry players into a project early on and required frequent collaboration throughout the process.   

Best Protective Glazing Project 

This category highlights the glass and glazing products and installations designed to protect occupants and save lives. Applications can include any type of protective glazing, from fire-rated to hurricane impact to intruder-resistant, to glazing with anti-microbial technology, and more.

The Product Categories

Product entries will be awarded through a public voting to begin in June.

Go to the nomination form

Best Innovation for the Factory

This category recognizes any products, tools or equipment designed to benefit industry manufacturers.  

Best Innovation for Installers

This category recognizes any products, tools or equipment designed to benefit installers, providing cost, labor and time savings. Submissions could include equipment, tools, software, installer-friendly end-products and more that help installers cope with labor concerns, save time and money.

Best Glass or Glass Component Product

This category recognizes glass and glass components products (glasses, coatings, spacers, etc.). Submissions should be judged on a product’s ability to advance the industry and meet customer demands.

Best Framing System or Component

This category looks at the frame. Tell us about your complete metal systems, profiles, component parts and more. Submissions should be judged on a product’s ability to advance the industry and meet customer demands.

Best Hardware Product or System

This category highlights innovations in glazing hardware. Applicable products include hardware for doors, windows, bath enclosures, railings and more.

R&D Award

This category highlights the impressive research and development efforts that go into the creation of a new product. It is all about the process of creating solutions to the industry's top challenges. Entries should highlight concepts for new products that have or have not launched. Submissions should detail the design and development process.