Chusid Associates wins Awards for Construction Writing and Photography

Chusid Associates won two awards in the field of construction journalism, in a competition sponsored by the Construction Writers Association (CWA). The association presented Michael Chusid, principal of Chusid Associates, the award for "superior journalistic and writing skills" as demonstrated by articles he had published in construction industry magazines and journals during the past year. The award was based upon a sample of four articles about innovations in concrete construction and sustainable construction practices. The articles appeared in The Construction Specifier, Precast Solutions, and CE News.

Sharing the award as co-author was Steven H. Miller, a freelance writer and photojournalist, and frequent collaborator with Chusid. Miller was also honored in another category by the CWA, receiving the Gordon Wright Photography Award for his series of photographs depicting the installation of a new type of wall system. The photos were commissioned by Chusid Associates to accompany an article written by Chusid and Miller.

The judges offered the following praise for Chusid's and Miller's writing:

"Well written and clear; almost literary."

"Factually, the most dense articles I read. (That's good; they contained the most factual information.)"

"I was convinced that this is a guy who really appreciates concrete."

"He's almost like a priest talking about his religion."

"Chusid is the 'Dalai Lama' of concrete."

More than 40 nominations were received for CWA's journalism awards competition this year. The panel of judges for the awards consisted of Dick Reavis - professor of journalism at North Carolina State University, Mandy Hoyle - construction reporter for the Triangle Business Journal, Kati Knowland - editor of NC Magazine, a business publication, and Judy Kienle - a business writer and president of Kienle Communications.

Chusid has written more than 200 published articles about construction materials, techniques, innovations, and building product marketing. He is a Registered Architect, a Certified Construction Specifier, and a Fellow of the Construction Specifications Institute. His company, Chusid Associates. now in its 20th year, provides marketing and technical consulting services to building product manufacturers and other construction industry organizations.

Miller has over 30 years experience in journalism, public relations, advertising and marketing. He has won numerous honors for his work including the CLIO, the One Show Silver Pencil, The Art Directors of Los Angeles award, and the Hollywood Reporter Key Art award.

CWA is a non-profit, non-partisan, international organization for professional journalists, writers, editors, and publicists serving the information needs of the construction industry. The group strives to provide educational benefits to its members and to promote high standards in construction communication. The group celebrated its 50th Anniversary at its recent convention.

The award-winning articles and photographs can be seen at