Now in its ninth year, the Modernism in America Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and reuse 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.

Nominations are now closed for the 2022 Awards.

The 2022 winners will be announced in September. Nominations for 2023 will open in March.

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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. Design Awards are recognized in the following subcategories:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Institutional/Civic



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. Nominations may be submitted in the form of a website, book, publication, or exhibition.


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.

Mark your calendars

Save the date for the 2022 Modernism in America Awards Ceremony


The Awards Ceremony will take place in-person the first week of November from 6:30-9:00 pm ET in New York City.

2022 Jury

The Modernism in America Awards jury is chaired by Henry Moss, AIA principal of Bruner/Cott & Associates, a Boston, Massachusetts architecture firm dedicated to enhancing quality of life, economic vigor, and sense of community through thoughtful and sustainable design.


Angel Ayón is the Principal of AYON Studio Architecture • Preservation, P.C. (AYON Studio) in New York City, which provides integrated professional services in the fields of Architecture and Historic Preservation. He has more than twenty five years of experience working with historic buildings. Trained in his native Havana, Cuba, Washington, D.C., and New York City, his expertise ranges from building-envelope evaluation and repair to full-scale rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic properties. His experience with Modern architecture includes the rehabilitation and exterior enhancement of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, for which he was the project architect between 2004 and 2008 (prior to founding AYON Studio). In 2015, he was awarded the James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Fellowship to undertake research on interventions on Modern glazed enclosures. This research led to the publication of Reglazing Modernism - Intervention Strategies for 20th-Century Icons, published by Birkhäuser in 2019. The book was the recipient of the 2021 Lee Nelson Book Award bestowed by the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) to "the most outstanding and influential book-length work on preservation technology." Mr. Ayón currently serves as Vice-President of Save Harlem Now! in NYC. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Historic Districts Council, the Historic Preservation Committee of The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Preservation League of the NY State, and member of the Board of Directors of the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation. He is also an active member of Columbia University Preservation Alumni, as well as the AIA, NCARB, nycoba/NOMA, USGBC, APTi, APT Northeast, US/ICOMOS, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/New York Tri-State. Mr. Ayón holds a professional degree as an Architect and a M.Sc. in Conservation and Rehabilitation of the Built Heritage from the Higher Polytechnic Institute “José Antonio Echeverría” in his native Havana, Cuba, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Archaeological Sites from Columbia University in New York.

Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA

Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA is Co-Founder and Principal of PUSH studio in Washington, DC.   He has built an urbanism-centered career inspired by the intersection of landscape and architecture for forty years.  As managing creative partner at PUSH studio, he leads design efforts based on the philosophy of revealing the intrinsic value of sites, inspiring creative team collaboration, and shaping sculptural landscape environments.  The firm is actively engaged in cultural landscape, urban design, monument / memorial design, and landscape design projects. Smith has served as Chairman of graduate landscape architecture programs at Morgan State University and Florida A&M University (HBCUs) as well as teaching positions at City College of New York, University of Michigan, Columbia University, and Rutgers University.  He is founder and former President of the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN), a nonprofit organization established to provide support to Black students and professionals.  He is a past recipient of the 2020 ASLA Distinguished Service Award and is the 2022 Distinguished Fellow of Landscape Architecture - Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Smith holds an MLA degree from The University of Michigan and a BLA degree from Mississippi State University. He is also a Loeb Fellow, ’97 - Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).  Currently Smith is a spring 2022 Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

2022 Awards Committee

The Awards Committee helps shape the annual program by reviewing nomination and eligibility guidelines, selecting jury members, and providing guidance on submissions on a case by case basis. A sincere thank you to this year's committee, Theodore Prudon, Meredith Bzdak, Hannah Simonson, and Gary Wolf.

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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 while acknowledging the substantial contribution preservation in general and the postwar heritage in particular makes to the economic and cultural life of our communities.


Past Modernism in America Award Winners