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DC Preservation League | 2013 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

Throughout its history the DC Preservation League (DCPL), often in partnership with government, industry, and community groups, has presented education programs, lectures, conferences, and tours. These programs have focused on architecture, adaptive use of historic buildings, urban planning, and the nexus between historic preservation and economic development. In addition, in cooperation with the city’s historic preservation office, DCPL has produced a series of brochures that describe the social, cultural, and architectural history of Washington’s historic districts.

DCPL has worked tirelessly to preserve Washington’s sense of place and the unique features that define the capital city. Washington’s historic character is one of its greatest assets and a vital component of local economic development efforts. The league has advanced the study, the law, and the public acceptance of historic buildings, helping to inform the cause of historic architecture and architects throughout the country. Most recently, DCPL has addressed the issue of mid-20th-century resources through educational programs such as DC Modern: Inventory, Issues, Impact and DC MModern: Washington Inside, which for the first time brought together architects, designers, property owners, and an interested audience to highlight the role of modernism in the shaping of post–World War II Washington. The league has won the respect of and established deep ties with key constituencies in the development process by facilitating individual development projects throughout the community as well as by engaging the public about the value of preservation. In support of its mission to promote preservation and design excellence, the league has also provided a forum for reviewing design proposals involving historic buildings or historic districts before they are formally submitted for statutory review by the city. These early collaborative sessions have most often resulted in an improvement of the overall quality of both preservation and design.

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Jury Comments

Architectural history is a major part of the ethos of Washington, and the DC Preservation League has been a staunch and devoted steward of that history. The city’s appearance today owes a great deal to DCPL’s efforts in promoting solid preservation, architectural, and urban design principles.

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2013 Collaborative Achievement Jury

  • Steven Spurlock, FAIA, Chair
  • Wnuck Spurlock Architecture
  • Washington, DC
  • James Binkley, FAIA
  • Reston, Virginia
  • Brian F. Cavanaugh, AIA
  • Architecture Building Culture LLC
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Aisha Densmore-Bey, Assoc. AIA
  • Aisha Densmore-Bey, Designer
  • Boston
  • Lonnie Hoogeboom, AIA
  • Houston Downtown Management District
  • Houston

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