FIBRA AWARD 18: Call for Proposals

       « Bio-based materials are indispensable to sustainable architecture and contribute notably to ecological and societal transition. »
Dominique Gauzin-Müller
Coordinator FIBRA Award / TERRA Award


Issues and Objectives

The commitments entered into by States to slow down climate change, at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, call for a significant reduction of the environmental footprint of existing and future buildings. The use of fast-growing plant-based materials meets this requirement and would provide a great opportunity to store, from now on, large amounts of carbon and fight against global warming.

The thousands of buildings made of bamboo, reed, straw and other plant fibers that are cropping up all over the world have aroused the curiosity of the media and professionals. To highlight the use of bio-based materials in the construction field, amàco (atelier matières à construire) launched the FIBRA Award with the scientific support of the Zurich Institute of Technology (ETH), the know-how of BioBuild Concept and the collaboration of the Agence MUSEO for biological and cultural diversity.

The purpose of the FIBRA Award, first World Prize for Contemporary Plant Fiber-Based Architecture, is to showcase the aesthetic properties, the construction advantages and the environmental benefits of bio-based buildings.
The FIBRA Award wishes to pay tribute to the courage of clients who chose to use bio-based materials, to the creativity of architects and engineers, and to the skills of craftsmen and contractors. Sharing these inspiring experiences will also strengthen relations between actors and invigorate the dynamics of the local sector.


Your Application

Are you a client, contractor or architect? Have you constructed or renovated buildings on any continent using a significant amount of plant fiber and were these buildings commissioned after January 2008?

Let us discover your work and help it gain international renown through your participation in the FIBRA Award!

Applications must be submitted before September 15, 2018 at


Selection Process

Anna Heringer, earth and bio-based architecture specialist, is the Honorary President of the FIBRA Award.

The selection process of the submitted projects will be conducted in 2 steps:

  • on October 1, 2018, the pre-selection jury will identify the top 40 projects which will be featured in a traveling exhibition and in a book published at the éditions MUSEO ;
  • in the fall of 2019, the jury chaired by Anna Heringer will select a winning project in each of the 5 categories.


The Impacts

The top 40 projects will be unveiled at FIBRA Innovation, an international conference on bio-based materials for professionals and researchers, to be organized on October 3 and 4, 2018 in Paris by BioBuild Concept. By presenting them in a traveling exhibition and a large well-illustrated book, they will be guaranteed international visibility.

Prizes will be awarded to the 5 winning teams at the Sommet mondial des territoires sur la construction biosourcée (World Summit of Territories on Bio-based Construction), scheduled to be organized by the Île-de-France Region in the fall of 2019 in Paris.

The FIBRA Award team is at your disposal should you require further information:


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