Andersen Announces the First Annual Bright Ideas Design Awards in Collaboration with Dwell

BAYPORT, Minn., Aug. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In collaboration with Dwell magazine, Andersen Windows  announces the launch of its first annual “Bright Ideas” Awards, a contest recognizing architects for their submitted projects showcasing fenestration in transformational design with exceptional, solar-oriented configurations. 

“For over a century, Andersen has worked to create products that open homes to the world around them and enable design possibility,” said Grant Davis, senior vice president and general manager of Andersen’s residential and commercial pro business. “Our research finds, Andersen® is the most preferred, recommended and specified window and door brand by architects.* We value our relationship with the architect community and are excited to celebrate innovative designs and inspiring work through the Bright Ideas Awards.”

The Bright Ideas Awards will recognize the best new, completed projects submitted in two categories: single-family and multi-family. A third, honorary mention will recognize one unbuilt project of note.

Winners and runners up will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges:

“Our homes are our sanctuaries – the places where we express our truest self,” said Annie Zipfel, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Andersen Corporation. “We are inspired by the work of architects who design spaces designed for the way people live, with more opportunities for natural light and fresh air that welcome healthier, more sustainable living and bring the outdoors in.”

The contest is open to certified individual architects and firms anywhere in the U.S. Students pursuing architecture-related degrees and recent graduates are also encouraged to apply in the unbuilt category.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to highlight the winners of this thoughtful competition, focusing on the importance of daylighting in residential design,” says William Hanley, editor in chief at Dwell.

Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creative approach to fenestration and daylighting;
  • Environmentally responsibility in creating safe, healthy living spaces, and built with responsibly sourced materials;
  • Structural innovation (i.e. use of new shapes and forms); and
  • Contextualism (whether the project is responsive to the conditions that surround the building, i.e. being sympathetic to scale, materials, and the program).

The shortlist of nominees will be revealed on no later than September 30, and Dwell will announce the judges’ selection of winning projects on on October 4, in celebration of World Architecture Day. The projects will also be featured in the print magazine this winter.

Learn how to enter here. 

To learn more about the Andersen product portfolio, architect-focused resources and continuing education courses, visit 

Follow the award conversation and see projects as they are submitted on Instagram using the hashtag #andersenbrightideas.


Andersen was founded in 1903 on the philosophy of working “all together” to deliver on its promise to its customers. Andersen delivers products for the way people live, unmatched performance for the comfort and security homeowners desire, and endless design options to achieve any style.

Headquartered in Bayport, Minn., Andersen Corporation and its subsidiaries manufacture and market window and door products under the Andersen®, Renewal by Andersen®, EMCO®, Weiland®, MQ™ and Heritage™ brands. Andersen, a privately held company with more than 10,000 employees, operates manufacturing sites across North America and Europe. Andersen has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2021 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. Visit us at

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