Nominations are now being accepted for the 2021 Modernism in America Awards.


Now in its eighth year, the 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.

View the award categories and and eligibility guidelines below. Please contact awards@docomomo-us.org with any questions.


Deadline

Early nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on April 29, 2021

All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern on June 2, 2021


Award Categories

Design

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

Inventory/Survey

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.

Advocacy

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

Join us for the 2021 Modernism in America Awards Ceremony

 

 

The Awards Ceremony is tentatively planned to be a virtual ceremony taking place Thursday November 11, 2021 at 8 pm EDT. The date may change if it becomes possible to hold an in-person event.

2021 Jury

The Modernism in America Awards jury is chaired by Marcel Quimby, FAIA, principal of Quimby Preservation Studio, a Dallas, Texas consulting firm specializing in preservation architecture and planning.

Michael K. Chen, AIA

Based in New York City, Michael leads a team of architects and designers who are engaged in producing exceptionally refined and conceptually rich design at a broad range of scales, from buildings to interiors to furniture to urbanism; and with a commitment to research and experimentation in materials, technology, and manufacturing. Michael and MKCA’s growing body of work regularly appears in international exhibitions and media including the Venice Biennale, Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, Domus, Dwell, Interior Design, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, and T Magazine, and has been recognized with numerous awards for design and research. In March of 2020 he co-founded Design Advocates, a network of independent architecture and design firms collaborating on pro-bono projects for small businesses, institutions, and organizations that serve disadvantaged communities to help them adapt their spaces and operations to COVID-19 and beyond. Michael studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and at Columbia University. He teaches at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and has taught previously at UC Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, and Parsons School of Design. He is the recipient of grants for independent research from the Graham Foundation, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Van Alen Institute, and was the 2004 John Dinkeloo Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is a registered architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

John T. Reddick

John T. Reddick is an architectural preservationist, historian, and Harlem resident. Currently, he serves as Director of Community Engagement Projects for the Central Park Conservancy and is a Columbia University Community Scholar, researching a book on Harlem's Black and Jewish Music Culture 1890-1930. He has served as the president of Cityscape Institute, a public planning and implementation initiative and worked with several Harlem-based organizations including Abyssinian Development Corporation and the Apollo Theater. His knowledge of Harlem’s culture and architecture have served to advance several public art and open space projects which include the Ralph Ellison Memorial, Harriet Tubman Square and Frederick Douglass Circle in that community, and New York’s LGBT Memorial and Monument recently unveiled in Hudson River Park. He served as curator and discussion leader for the Smithsonian’s, Cooper-Hewitt Design Center’s ten part Harlem Focus Series, which explored innovative contemporary design found in Harlem or executed by its design professionals. Reddick's love of architecture, African American culture, and history have been conveyed through tours, articles and lectures he’s provided for the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Modern Art, the New-York Historical Society, The Whitney Museum and other institutions. Reddick received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ohio State University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

 

2021 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, Tonia Moy, and Gregory Ibañez.

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About


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