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Announcing the Modernism in America Awards

October 26, 2013

Committed to the principle that Modern Movement design merits the same attention to preservation currently received by earlier periods of architecture, DOCOMOMO US invites submissions for the first annual “Modernism in America Awards.” The Awards celebrate the documentation, preservation and use 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. Categories include design, inventory/planning and advocacy. DOCOMOMO US is pleased to announce the “Modernism in America” jury will be chaired by James Polshek, FAIA.

One award will be presented in each of the following 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.

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.
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.


Full details are available on the DOCOMOMO US website awards page or by downloading the brief and application here.