2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners

Docomomo US has the pleasure to announce eleven selected winners of the 2015 Modernism in America Award program. These exceptional projects are emblematic of the work going on all over the country and represent buildings and building typologies of postwar society in the United States. The winners include:

Awards of Excellence
TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport
(New York)
Ingalls Hockey Rink Restoration and Expansion (Connecticut)
Palm Springs Art Museum (California)
Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House (California)
Survey of Modern Architecture in New Haven (Connecticut)
Save the Dome: Public Education Effort for the Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome) (Houston)

Citations of Merit
Cummins Irwin Conference Center & Office Building (Indiana)
Opa – Locka Airport Hangar 102 (Florida)
National Gallery of Art East Building Exterior Stone Repair (Washington D.C.)
McGregor Reflecting Pool (Michigan)
Lewis and Clark Branch Library (Missouri)

The projects recognized for the Modernism in America Awards (#ModernismAwards) highlight the importance of such modern typologies as transportation centers, sports arenas, banks, schools, libraries and landscapes. While often at the center of intense preservation efforts, they deserve and can be preserved in a meaningful and productive way that enhances their presence and value in their respective communities.  

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2015 Award of Excellence 

Photo Credit: The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Photographer: John Bartelstone
Design Award of Excellence | Commercial
Queens, New York
Photo Credit: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Advocacy Award of Excellence 
Houston, Texas


Photo Credit: Johnellisphoto.com, 2014
Design Award of Excellence | Residential
Long Beach, California
Photo Credit: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, LLC
Design Award of Excellence | Civic/Institutional
New Haven, Connecticut


Photo Credit: David Glomb
Design Award of Excellence | Civic/Institutional
Palm Springs, California
Survey Award of Excellence 
New Haven, Connecticut


2015 Citation of Merit

Photo Credit: Hadley Fruits, 2014
Design Citation of Merit | Commercial
Columbus, Indiana
Photo Credit: Robin Hill
Design Citation of Merit | Commercial 
Miami, Florida
Photo Credit: James Haefner Photography, Troy, Michigan
Design Citation of Merit | Civic/Institutional
Detroit, Michigan
Photo Credit: Lindsey Derrington, 2014
Advocacy Citation of Merit 
St. Louis, Missouri
Photo Credit: National Gallery of Art
Design Citation of Merit | Civic/Institutional
Washington, D.C.

2015 Modernism in America Jury 





The independent design and survey prize jury was chaired by Michael Mills, FAIA, who is a founding partner of the architecture firm Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC and an expert in the preservation of historic architecture. Renowned modern architecture authors, educators and speakers on the jury included:  Gretchen Pfaehler, AIA is the President of the Association for Preservation Technology International and a leader in the Architecture and Preservation fields with over two decades of experience in the preservation, restoration and renovation of historic buildings and landscapes globally. Dietrich Neumann is professor of the History of Modern Architecture and Urbanism at Brown University whose research concentrates on European and American architecture from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Jack Pyburn, FAIA is an architect and partner of Lord Aeck Sargent and adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. Theodore Prudon, FAIA, FAPT is a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture and a practicing architect in New York City and the President of Docomomo US. 
The Docomomo US Modernism in America Advocacy Awards were awarded by the Docomomo US Board of Directors.
The Awards will be awarded during the Docomomo US National Symposium on Friday, June 5, 2015 at the IDS Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
The Modernism in America Awards is the only national program that celebrates the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design. 
The awards acknowledge the substantial contribution preservation in general and the postwar heritage in particular makes to the economic and cultural life of our cities and towns and their respective communities. The awards also set a standard as to what can be accomplished with the productive preservation of these projects. 
The 2015 Modernism in America Awards is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors and supporters:
DSGN Associates                               
Keystone Preservation Group
Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC    
Prudon & Partners, LLC
Barry and Judith Solar
Gail Addiss
Donald Albrecht
Jennifer Ball
Deborah Berke & Partners Architects
Barry Bergdoll
Cary Bernstein Architect
Meredith Bzdak
Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Flora Chou
Jean-Louis Cohen
Carl Erickson Design
David Fixler, FAIA
Kenneth Frampton
Friends of the Upper East Side
Martin Gorman
Esley Hamilton
Harboe Architects, P.C.
H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC
Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc.
Brenda Levin
Barry Lewis
John Lura
Ken Lustbader
Ruth Lynford
Pauline Metcalf
Michael Mills, FAIA
Anna Mod
Edward Mohylowski
Henry Moss, AIA
Jack Murchie
Thomas Nissley
Alan Orenbuch
Hunter Palmer Wright
Edith Payne
Robert Pullum
Robina Ramsay
Kathleen Randall
Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee, P.C.
Saltaire Properties, Inc.
Susan Schwartz, Ph.D.
Robert Sharp
D’Juro Villaran-Rokovich
Lynnette Widder
Barbara Yanni
Penny Zaleta
 2014 Winners
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New York, NY 10023
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