Nominations for the 2021 Modernism in America Awards will open on March 2, 2021.
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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 sub-categories:
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.
Students who have been involved in research or advocacy are encouraged to nominate their projects in the appropriate category.
Eligibility and Guidelines
All projects must have been completed between January 1, 2016 and June 2, 2021, with an allowance for advocacy efforts that are ongonig.
- 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. If you would like to nominate a building or site that falls outside of these parameters, please email email@example.com.
- Nominations must be the work of architectural design teams, preservation and/or advocacy organizations and persons located in the United States or its territories.
- All submissions must demonstrate significance if the site is 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.
- 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.
- Inventory/Survey projects can include, but are not limited to: inventories, surveys, historic structure reports, conservation plans, design guidelines, exhibitions, books, publications, student thesis projects, mapping projects, apps, documentaries, grassroots initiatives, and projects using other forms of media to document modern resources. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not sure if your project is eligible.
- 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.