Nominations for the Modernism in America Awards are now closed

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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 sub-categories:

  • 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. 

Students who have been involved in research or advocacy are encouraged to nominate their projects in the appropriate category.


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. If you would like to nominate a building or site that falls outside of these parameters, please email awards@docomomo-us.org.
  • Preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, inventories, surveys, advocacy, and student projects must have been completed between January 1, 2015 and May 29, 2020, with an allowance for advocacy that is on-going.
  • 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 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.

Design and Inventory/Survey Submissions

  • 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, 2015 and May 29, 2020 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.

Materials Needed

A nomination is considered complete once the below materials and the submission fee are received.

1. Project Detail form

Name(s) and contact information of the nominator(s), design team(s), client, and owner. 

Project Detail Form

2. Narrative (up to 1000 words) 

The narrative should address the significance of the building(s), structure(s) or landscape(s), and the character-defining features that influenced the content or design of the project. For Design projects, please exclude the name of the firm or design team responsible for the project from the narrative description.

You must submit the narrative as a Word document.

Design projects

Describe the team's design process and approach; considerations, challenges or opportunities that influenced the project; as well as the treatment of materials, assemblies, finishes and interventions related to the preservation of the integrity of the historic fabric. The narrative should also include a clear description, illustrated by corresponding images, of the defining features and materials of the original design, additions (if applicable), and current design. Projects featuring lesser-known or regional architects or designers (original design team) should include a minimal amount of biographic background information.

 

Inventory/Survey projects

Describe 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.


Advocacy projects

Describe 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.

3. Photo Release Form

A photo release form and project detail form are required for a complete nomination.

Photo Release Form

4. Images

  • Minimum of six (6) images of the project subject, project itself, or a combination of the two. Image size must be at least 1MB.
  • The first image is the project lead image. The lead image will be used by Docomomo US in all material related to the project. The image should be horizontal and at least 1MB.
  • It is strongly recommended that design submissions include photographs comparing the original design, modifications made over time, and the project's current state taken from the same vantage point. You may combine multiple images on one page.
  • It is strongly recommended that photographs of design submissions correspond with the description of the project in the narrative.
  • At least one image should be a relevant historic image.
  • Descriptions of the images and image credits should accompany the files as either as a Word document.
  • Floor plans
    • For design nominations, original and current floor plans where an addition or alteration has occurred are strongly recommended. A site plan and/or section drawings can be included if relevant.
  • Additional Images
    • A nomination may include more than the 6 images required below. 

5. Nomination Fee

The nomination fee can be sent online or by check. Checks should be made payable to Docomomo US and sent to PO Box 230977 New York, NY 10023. The name of the project must be included on the check. 
 
$100 - Early Nomination Fee (must be submitted by April 30, 2020)
$150 - Nomination Fee (must be submitted by May 29, 2020)


Nomination Checklist

The checklist below contains a list of the required components needed to submit a project.

REQUIRED
  • Category of nomination (design nominations should include the sub-category)
  • Project Narrative (up to 1000 words)
  • Project Detail Form
  • Description of Images and Image Credits
  • Signed Photo Release Form
  • At least 6 images:
    1. First Image should be the project lead image and should be horizontal and at least 1MB
    2. Images should compare the original design, modifications made over time, and the project's current state taken from the same vantage point. Before and after shots can be side by side and submitted as one file.
  • Nomination Fee

Payments can be made online or by check. Checks should be made payable to Docomomo US and sent to PO Box 230977 New York, NY 10023. The name of the project must be included on the check. 

 

NOT REQUIRED BUT ENCOURAGED
  • Original/Current floor plans, site plan, and section elevations
  • Additional images beyond the minimum six required

Nomination Checklist

Questions

Any questions about the Awards or submission process can be emailed to awards@docomomo-us.org.