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Alum Wins Big

Ginger Krieg-Dosier, 2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Einner

APLA would like to congratulate alumnus Ginger Krieg-Dosier (BArch / ARIA’00) for winning multiple global design challenges through the invention of an innovative sustainable building material that she calls, “my brick.”!press/c3oe

On September 16, 2013, Krieg-Dosier and bioMASON [] were announced as the winners of the 2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. Named “the largest annual worldwide competition for entrepreneurs,” the Challenge was created to instigate change and discover new products or services that combine sustainability with change. Krieg, and company bioMASON, was awarded a €500,000 prize.

Two months later, on November 15, 2013, Krieg-Dosier and bioMASON were named the winners of the inaugural Cradle to Cradle Innovation Challenge with a first place prize of $125, 000. The Challenge was organized to “to inspire innovators to recreate and retool the way products are designed manufactured and consumed. The goal of the contest is to identify and reward highly creative and innovative product concepts for healthy, sustainable, affordable housing. The competition is aimed at manufacturers who seek to design and manufacture with superior standards as outlined in the Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCMProducts Program.”

Krieg-Dosierand her company bioMASON were selected as winners to these design challenges for a remarkable re-imagined common construction material- a sustainable brick that is “grown” using bacteria. By mixing a friendly bacteria, urea, sand and calcium into formwork, the bacteria gain the ability to induce the formation of crystals in between the grains of sand and have a final strength equal to traditionally fired brick. Unlike current brick production, with a manufacturing process that releases large amounts of greenhouse gases, bioMason’s brick production process is CO2 free.

Krieg-Dosier’s future plans for bioMASON include investing the winnings in the company, “to achieve significant results faster and launch our sustainable bricks on a large scale.”

In addition to her dual degrees from Auburn,  Krieg-Dosierreceived a Master of Architecture degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Krieg-Dosierfounded bioMASON following several years spent teaching, first at North Carolina State University, and then the American University of Sharjah in Abu Dahbi, UAE.

Krieg-Dosier was also one of APLA’s alumni abroad featured in the winter issue of StudioAPLA, and you can read about her at: