Beauty, Durability Focus of James Hardie Building Products’ HardieDesign Contest Winners

Top Architects Showcase Projects Using James Hardie® Siding in Innovative Ways

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 27, 2017) — James Hardie Building Products, the leader in fiber cement siding, announced today the winner of the 2017 HardieDesign Contest. David Sharff Architect, P.C. of Medfield, Mass. earned top honors for the James Ord Block, which used HardiePlank® lap siding with ColorPlus® Technology.
The HardieDesign contest gave architectural firms the opportunity to showcase their top multi-family and commercial projects featuring James Hardie® fiber cement siding and panel products. More than 170 entries were submitted between Jan. 19 and Feb. 4, 2017.
The winner – announced today at the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’17) - will receive a grand prize package worth more than $25,000, including a full-page ad in Dwell magazine and a custom video shoot.
Five projects were selected as finalists by an internal judging committee based on their projects’ classical beauty and original use of James Hardie fiber cement siding products. Architects and other trade professionals then voted for the winner on to decide the grand prize winner. The four runners-up were Davis Square Architects of Somerville, Mass., The Architects Collective of Inglewood, Calif., Dwell Design Studio, Alpharetta, Ga., and Baylis Architects, Bellevue, Wash.
“We were thrilled to see how creatively architects and designers use our fiber cement products in both modern and traditional designs and we wanted to recognize that talent, said Jeff Kemerley, Multi-Family / Commercial Business Manager at James Hardie. “With the simple yet elegant traditional design of the James Ord Block, David Sharff exemplifies the versatility that James Hardie products can provide architects.”
The functional and aesthetic integrity of James Hardie siding and trim is an ideal combination for architects. James Hardie offers a diverse portfolio of products that allow design professionals to bring their unique visions to life. As America's No. 1 brand of siding, James Hardie continues to set the standard in premium, high performance exterior cladding. To learn more about the winners and see photos from other entrants, visit


About James Hardie Building Products Inc.
James Hardie is the global leader in fiber cement technology, and has been furthering founder James Hardie’s innovative, entrepreneurial legacy around the world for more than 125 years. It invented fiber cement siding products in the early 1980s as a durable, lower-maintenance alternative to wood and vinyl. Its products combine innovation and versatility to offer a variety of design possibilities, matched with specific performance attributes relative to the climate where the product is being used. Currently installed on more than 5.5 million homes in North America, James Hardie has earned a favorable reputation within the industry and has been specified in some of the country’s most prestigious projects. For more information about James Hardie, visit