Docomomo US is pleased to announce nine winners of the 2017 Modernism in America Awards program. These exemplary projects represent the highest level of preservation efforts and the growing trend to not only preserve but to document and share those findings with the public.


The projects recognized for the Modernism in America Awards highlight the diversity of important modern buildings and sites – not only the iconic but also those that are regionally significant - and the increasing importance of regional forces and development.


Bell Works and other projects emphasize the importance of partnerships between owners, architects and the community coming together to save and reinvigorate architecture that at one point faced demolition. They highlight the best of preservation practices where preservation often comes with complex financial viability and the need to adapt or add to a project in order for the whole to remain viable.


As modern architecture continues to age and face threats of demolition or insensitive restoration, it is paramount to recognize that these projects can be preserved in a meaningful and productive ways that enhances their presence and value in their respective communities.


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2017 Jury

Chaired by Frances Halsband, FAIA the jury includes architectural critic Justin Davidson and architects and leading educators Barbara Campagna, FAIA, Mark Pasnik, AIA, Robert Nauman, Ph.D, Theodore Prudon, FAIA, and Jack Pyburn, FAIA.

Barbara Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BC+C, has worked for the past 30 years as an architect, planner and historian – reinventing and restoring historic and existing buildings. She is the recipient of the National AIA Young Architect of the Year Award 2002 and was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2009 as “the leading national architect and policymaker for the integration of preservation values into green building practices.” She was the President of APT International from 2005-2007 and served on the APT executive committee for 10 years. During her presidency, APT started their Technical Committee on Modern Heritage. She is the author of two books, Changing Places: ReMaking Institutional Buildings and New York State County Fairs: A History and Architectural Survey, many articles on the integration of preservation, modernism and green building practices, and a popular blog entitled True Green Cities.

Barbara grew up in Buffalo, received an Architecture degree from SUNY at Buffalo and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. She was the first Executive Director of the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier in Buffalo, ran her own architecture firm for many years in NYC, served as the Regional Historic Preservation Officer for the Northwest Region of the General Services Administration and from 2006-2011 was the Chief Architect for the 29 historic sites operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she oversaw modern icons such as Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.

Barbara started her firm in 2011, BAC/A+P, which brings together all of her experiences – as both a consultant and client – to create a firm that occupies a unique niche in both the historic preservation, modern heritage and green building fields. She teaches graduate seminars in preservation and sustainability at the University at Buffalo and FIT in New York City including a seminar on “Preserving Modern Heritage.

Robert Nauman, Ph.D, received dual Masters Degrees in music and fine arts before completing his PhD in Art and Architectural History at the University of New Mexico. He currently teaches in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where his research focuses on art and architectural history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Nauman also has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and was co-chair for their annual conference in Denver, on the Publications Committee for Exposure magazine (published by the Society of Photographic Educators), and for 7 years coordinated the reading of the Advanced Placement Art History exam and served on the Test Development Committee for that exam.

His book On the Wings of Modernism: the United States Air Force Academy dealt with issues of American modernism and architecture during the Cold War, a topic he has pursued in subsequent publications that have addressed the work of architects Walter Netsch and Gertrude Kerbis. He has worked as a team member with architectural firms that have included SOM and RNL Design on a variety of projects at the Air Force Academy, including serving as an advisor for the architect selection for the Center for Character and Leadership Development, working on an architectural inventory report for the entire site, and contributing to the 2016 Cadet Area Development Plan. He has written on preservation issues at the Academy for Columbia University’s FutureAnterior (a Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory and Criticism).

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Docomomo US invites submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards. The awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and re-use of modern buildings, structures and landscapes built in the United States or on U.S. territory. The Awards recognize those building owners, design teams, advocacy and preservation organizations that have made significant efforts to retain, restore and advocate for the aesthetic and cultural value of such places.

Award Categories  


This juried award recognizes informed, thoughtful and creative design efforts to preserve, restore or adapt a modern building, structure or landscape of local, regional or national significance, securing its presence for future generations. In the Design category the areas of consideration include: Residential, Commercial and Institutional or Civic architecture.


This juried award recognizes exceptional efforts to document, inventory and/or create a preservation plan for one or more modern buildings, structures or landscapes of local, regional or national significance.


Presented by the Docomomo US Board of Directors, this award recognizes outstanding efforts to preserve and advocate for threatened modern buildings, structures or landscapes of local, regional or national significance through advocacy efforts. This award seeks to recognize preservation and advocacy organizations and other groups (including Docomomo US chapters) who have gone above and beyond to work collectively and collaboratively to advocate for a modern site or structure. 

2017 Awards

Submissions now closed


Winners will be announced June 20, 2017, and the details of the 2017 Modernism in America Awards Ceremony will be announced in the following weeks.

Eligibility and Guidelines 

All Submissions

  • Buildings, structures and landscapes must be located in the United States or on U.S. territory and have originally been completed between 1940 and 1980. Please contact Docomomo US if you would like a building or site to be considered that falls outside of these parameters by emailing
  • Nominations must be the work of architectural design teams, preservation and/or advocacy organizations and persons located in the United States.
  • All submissions must demonstrate significance of the building or site if not listed on the National Register of Historic Places or recognized by local landmarking laws.
  • Submissions should have preservation as a core component of the treatment, design concept and/or strategy.
  • Special consideration will be given to submissions that showcase an informed, well-executed, thoughtful, creative and holistic approach to the preservation of modern architecture.

Design and Inventory/Survey Submissions

  • Preservation, restoration or rehabilitation of modern building(s), structure(s) or landscape(s) must have been completed between January 1, 2012 and April 14, 2017.
  • For design projects, original construction materials and/or design intent must have been retained and/or restored. A significant loss of such may cause a submission to be deemed void.
  • It is strongly recommended design submissions include before and after photographs taken from the same vantage point.
  • It is strongly recommended design submissions include before and after floor plans where an addition or alteration has occurred. A site plan and/or section drawings can be included if relevant.

Advocacy Submissions

  • Advocacy efforts should have been completed between January 1, 2012 and April 14, 2017 with an allowance for advocacy that is on-going.
  • The building(s), structure(s) or landscape(s) that are the focus of the advocacy initiative must have been threatened with demolition or significant alteration.
  • Advocacy efforts of multiple partners, persons or organizations that have gone above and beyond to work collectively and collaboratively are encouraged.

Nomination Procedure

All nominations are to be submitted online via the following submission form and must include:

  1. Project Details and Contact Information: Name(s) and contact information of the nominator(s), design team(s) or organization(s) responsible for the project and the project owner(s) or client(s). A photo release form and project detail form are required for a complete submission.
  2. Narrative (up to 1000 words) should address the significance of the building(s), structure(s) or landscape(s), and the character-defining features of the building(s), structure(s) or landscape(s) that influenced the content or design of the project.
  3. Design projects: how treatment of materials, assemblies, finishes and interventions related to the preservation of the integrity of the historic fabric.
  4. Inventory/Survey projects: how the project contributes to the advancement of knowledge and awareness of modern resources; the realized and potential impacts of the project in regards to furthering the understanding and awareness of the contributions of modern resources to history.
  5. Advocacy projects: the scope of the advocacy efforts, impact on the site and community and the result of the work. Advocacy efforts will be given equal consideration in the case of preservation, demolition and on-going efforts.


  • Minimum of six (6) images of the project subject, project itself, or a combination of the two.
  • Before and after photos taken from the same vantage point (for Design Award submissions) are strongly encouraged.
  • One image should be representative of the entire project or effort and suitable for publication.
  • One image should be a relevant historic image.
  • Descriptions of the images and image credits should accompany the files.

Floor plans/additional drawings

  • For design submissions, before and after floor plans where an addition or alteration has occurred. A site plan and/or section drawings can be included if relevant.

Submission Fee

  • A $150 processing fee per nomination (waived for Advocacy Award) for submissions received by April 14, 2017.
  • Nominations received on or before March 1, 2017 will be extended an early discounted processing fee of $100 per nomination.
  • Processing fees can be sent via Paypal or check payable to Docomomo US to PO Box 230977 New York, NY 10023.


Winners will be announced in June 2017. The Modernism in America awards ceremony will take place in the fall in New York City. Modernism in America projects are featured throughout the year in Docomomo US publications.




The Modernism in America Awards program seeks to acknowledge the substantial economic and cultural impact such projects had and continue to have on our local communities and to set a standard for how preserving modern architecture can be accomplished. Through the awards program, Docomomo US seeks to bring attention to the many successful local, regional and national projects and thereby elevate an appreciation for the value of modern architecture to our cultural and architectural history.