The BTES Book Award is a biennial award recognizing an outstanding new book that significantly contributes to building technology education in architecture. BTES advertises all awards and accepts nominations from November through mid-January prior to each BTES conference, every other year.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible titles must be published in English within 3 years of the January submission date and may take a variety of approaches to subjects considered within building technology in architecture and/or architectural education. They may be books, textbooks or other scholarly work on structures, environmental forces or systems, materials or assembly, fabrication, historical or contemporary case studies of building technology issues, reflections on critical thinking in building technology practice or education. Edited volumes featuring a compilation of essays from a various of authors are eligible if submitted by the editor(s). Current BTES Board members or Officers are not eligible for this award*. All nominees must be a current dues-paying member of the BTES, and may sign-up to be a member any time before award submission.

*Current BTES Board members who’s books will otherwise expire eligibility may submit their book at the first opportunity immediately following their term.

NOMINATION + DOCUMENTATION CRITERIA

The jury seeks interesting and informative submissions that clearly and effectively communicate building technology issues for architecture and engineering professionals, scholars, and students. The winning submission must demonstrate a scholarly level of professional expertise and insight, an innovative and thought-provoking approach to understanding building technology issues, a relevance of the content that shows impact and influence, and an effective level of communication strategies that clearly addresses the intended audience.

Each submission must mail the following to the committee chair (address to be provided with award announcement):

  •  Cover letter declaring your intent to submit the book for the award along with a statement confirming compliance of the terms of eligibility
  • Three (3) copies of your book. Electronic editions/submissions are encouraged.
  • There is no entry fee, but books will not be returned as they will be offered to the reviewers.

SELECTION & PRESENTATION:

A Jury of three distinguished BTES members will evaluate all submittals. Up to two books will receive this biennial award; repeat nominations are encouraged. The jury, in any year, may choose not to bestow the award. Winners will be recognized and expected to present their book at the conference. The BTES Book Award winner will receive a $1,000 stipend to help cover registration, travel, and lodging for attending the BTES biennial conference.

BTES BOOK AWARD WINNERS

2015
FIRST The Designer’s Field Guide to Collaboration by Caryn Brause
SECOND Materials for Design, Volume 2 by Victoria Ballard Bell and Patrick Rand
THIRD Introducing Architectural Tectonics: Exploring the Intersection of Design and Construction by Chad Schwartz

2015
FIRST          Diagrid Structures: Systems, Connections, Details by Terri Meyer Boake
SECOND      Performative Materials in Architecture and Design Edited by Rashida Ng and Sneha Patel
THIRD          Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies by Mark DeKay and G.Z. Brown