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The Winner

The winner has a solution, product or project that has uniquely triggered a positive change in these sectors.

Their solution has elevated and impacted the AEC industry, whether by creating the latest robotics or digital tools, finding new sustainable/eco-friendly materials, helping tackle the climate emergency, promoting gender and racial equality, or trying to solve the housing crisis.

The Prize

  • Global exposure on the world’s largest, most subscribed-to construction and built environment channel
  • An extended interview and documentary with The B1M's Founder and MD Fred Mills which will be shared on our Build In Brief YouTube channel and across The B1M’s social platforms
  • A short video showcasing their solution for 12 months, shared across The B1M’s platforms
  • The opportunity to be introduced to leading construction firms
  • A feature article published on and Built: The Bluebeam Blog
  • A trophy to display proudly on their mantlepiece
  • Opportunities to be invited to speak at our digital and live events
  • A year’s VIP access to The B1M’s events

The B1M will create a short video for each of the top three finalists, showcasing their work to the world. Our audience's reaction to these videos will help to inform our judges' final decision! 

Who Can Enter

You can nominate yourself or someone you know who meets the criteria. We’re accepting entries from individuals and small project teams that have promoted positive change in the AEC industry over the past 12 months. Please note that the entry must have commenced after 1 July 2020.

Key Dates



This Design Studio Created Open-Sourced COVID-19 Facilities

WTA Architecture and Design Studio in the Philippines created COVID-19 quarantine facilities that could be built from scratch and ready to use in five days.

The project delivered more than 3,500 additional beds in the Philippines alone and was made open source so that it could be shared online to anyone around the world, allowing doctors and nurses to save countless lives.

Find out more about our winner and their life-saving structures here.


Rural Studio

These Architecture Students Are Building Real Affordable Homes

Architecture students in Alabama are designing and building real affordable homes, and then giving them away to those in the community who need them the most. Rural Studio, part of Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, has been running an off-campus programme for architecture students to design and build community projects and affordable homes for their rural neighbours.

To learn more about these community-changing projects watch our short video.

Kenya Brick

This Woman Recycles Plastic Waste Into Bricks That Are Stronger Than Concrete

Nairobi-based Nzambi Matee used her skills as an engineer to create a machine that recycles plastic waste into bricks that are stronger than concrete.

Her company, Gjenge Makers, makes on average more than 1,500 affordable plastic bricks every day and has created 112 job opportunities for garbage collectors, women and youth groups.

To learn more about this ingenious idea watch our short video.

Judging Criteria

Community Connection and Impact

We're interested in projects that address an underserved or unmet need; working on an issue, or with a community that has not received sufficient attention, support, or resources, for example. 

This could mean working on a project that is very specific, such as providing access to clean water in a certain geographic area or community. It could be working on the latest robotics or digital technologies to drive the AEC industry forward. It could mean creating an LGBT+ space where there was none before, or using innovative materials to build sustainable housing. It might even be collaborating and communicating with other people in the AEC sector, to enact change.

You should be able to demonstrate a strong connection to your community that is helping you define a problem and develop a solution. Impact can also be defined in several ways: either by how deeply a small group of people may be affected or how many people across a broad spectrum could benefit from your project (including the potential to scale your innovation). 

The judges are all passionate about the industry and want to be inspired by your story!


The project or solution must be viable with proven traction - this needs to be real and at the very least have some strong early results. 

It could be in its initial stages, part-way through or completed. If in the prototype or pilot stage, we'll want to see evidence that you have begun to test your idea and that it’s grounded in reality. We want to see that your work can result in a tangible benefit for a particular group or community. To demonstrate the feasibility of your project, you should describe the groundwork already done, note whom you are working with to implement the project, and show that you have the right combination of skills among your team to make the project possible. 

Our Judges

Yewande Akinola MBE
Engineering Designer and Innovator

Yewande is a chartered engineer, innovator and speaker. Her engineering experience includes the design and construction, innovation and manufacture of buildings and systems in the built environment. She's worked on projects in the UK, Africa, the Middle East and East Asia and has been named the UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. She has also been awarded the Exceptional Achiever Award from the Association for BAME Engineers and the Association of Consultancy and Engineering, UK (ACE). She is passionate about STEM communication and has presented Engineering programmes for Television. In the 2020 New Year Honours list, Yewande was awarded an MBE for services to engineering innovation and diversity in STEM. She has recently been appointed the UK's Innovation agency (Innovate UK) Ambassador for Clean Growth and Infrastructure.

Salla Eckhardt
Director of Transformation Services, Microsoft

Salla is an industry pioneer and an innovation leader focusing on emerging technology and digital transformation. With the digital building lifecycle framework, she's continuing to support building up people's skills and organisational wisdom to respond to the requirements of the next generation built environment industry. To balance her work, she's actively volunteering in professional networks and leadership communities to learn and share experiences.

Xavier De Kestelier
Principal / Head of Design Technology and Innovation, Hassell Studio

Xavier leads Hassell Studio's global design technology and innovation team, setting strategy and advising on the tools and knowledge it needs to succeed. Both an architect and technologist, Xavier harnesses technology to create more powerful, future focused design solutions. That means he’s responsible for overseeing work in computational design, building information modelling, visualisation and virtual reality worldwide. Over the past decade he’s forged a reputation as an industry leader in the exploration and adoption of parametric design and digital fabrication. Most recently, he was behind Hassell's concept for a ‘home’ on Mars – part of NASA’s 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. A TED talker and regular speaker at major design and tech events, Xavier is also a director of Smartgeometry, a non-profit, global educational network for computational and digital design specialists.

Sara Luchian
Director of Passenger Experience, Virgin Hyperloop

Sara leads the Passenger Experience function at Virgin Hyperloop. She established this function to drive research and design decisions that improve the safety, comfort, accessibility, and convenience of the hyperloop experience. Her prior experience at VH spanned initiatives related to business model definition, market research, product development planning, investor engagement, and strategic communications. On November 8, 2020, Sara made history as one of the first people ever to ride in a hyperloop. She has spoken at CES 2021, lectured at Harvard Business School, and been featured by The Today Show, NPR, The New York Times, BBC, Cheddar, and others. Prior to joining Virgin Hyperloop, Sara was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in New York City, where she advised both Fortune 500 and early stage companies on corporate strategy. 

Don Jacob
Founding Team Member of Bluebeam and VP, Technology and Innovation, Build and Construct Division, Nemetschek

Don Jacob is VP of Technology and Innovation for the Build Division at the Nemetschek Group and guest member of the Georg Nemetschek Institute of Artificial Intelligence for the Built World’s Scientific Advisory Board. He leverages decades of experience in technological innovation to achieve Nemetschek’s strategic goals. After more than a decade working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Deep Space Network and in the Mechanical Engineering Division, and following the development of’s e-commerce capabilities, Don was a founding team member of Bluebeam Inc., leading developer of solutions and services for architecture, engineering and construction professionals worldwide, in 2002. At Bluebeam he served as CTO for 17 years before moving into the Chief Innovation Officer role.

Fred Mills
Founder and MD, The B1M

Having worked with a leading UK contractor, Fred founded The B1M to focus on sharing "the best of construction" - improving the industry while helping to attract more people to come and work in it. Fred has since grown The B1M into the world’s largest and most subscribed-to video channel for construction with over 1 million YouTube subscribers and 18 million viewers each month. It now employs an 11-strong team from its London headquarters. In September 2020, The B1M was named by The Times as one of the 20 best educational YouTube channels in the world. From interviewing Sir Richard Branson to filming inside London's Big Ben, Fred’s videos have amassed hundreds of millions of views making him a global figure in video publishing and a role model to millions of people interested or already working in construction. Fred’s mission is to fundamentally change the perception of construction on planet Earth.