Award of Excellence
An Inventory/Survey Award of Excellence is given for the innovative Modern Survey Pittsburgh project. This ongoing initiative provides accessible print and digital maps that document Greater Pittsburgh's 20th-century Modern and Postmodern architecture, design, and public art, making it a valuable educational resource. Each map focuses on a specific walkable neighborhood area, showcasing around 20 significant structures, including corporate buildings, schools, churches, residential spaces, and more, dating from 1945 to 1990. These maps aim to engage users of all architectural knowledge levels by highlighting the diversity of Pittsburgh's design landscape in the second half of the 20th century. Each pamphlet provides historical context and when appropriate highlights sites that have undergone significant modifications or relocations to acknowledge the changing dynamics of neighborhoods. Printed maps are distributed at local bookshops and events, while digital versions are accessible on the Pittsburgh Modern Committee's website and Instagram. The project, made possible by dedicated volunteers and generous donations, has gained substantial engagement and positive feedback, fostering awareness and appreciation of Pittsburgh's Modern architectural heritage.
“These are user-friendly and accessible. I would love to see the next edition include some Modern landscapes.”
- Ann Komara, 2023 Jury member
“If I visited Pittsburgh I would want these. Every city should have them.”
Pittsburgh Modern Committee and Preservation Pittsburgh (Producers); Brittany Reilly (Committee Chair, Project Manager, Photographer) with Pittsburgh Modern Committee members and network (Research & Review Team); Nina Zagorscak (Graphic Designer); Tri-State Signs & Reprographics, Inc (Printer)
Carnegie Mellon University Architecture Archives; Pittsburgh City Archives; Detre Library & Archives at Heinz History Center; University of Pittsburgh Archives & Special Collections