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Palm Springs Modern Committee | 2013 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

From its founding 13 years ago by a group of passionate people who joined together to save a 1955 Albert Frey building from demolition, the Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) has launched a local volunteer nonprofit movement dedicated to maintaining the heritage of modern architecture and historic neighborhoods in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley area. This group was initially operated by a small board of volunteers who rallied the general membership into action for political advocacy and public awareness of the value and importance of architectural preservation. Its founding members foresaw the cultural and economic benefits of saving mid-century modern buildings and turning Palm Springs into a mecca for architectural tourism.

In 2009, an effort was made to increase the size of the board and improve outreach and effectiveness through the work of active board committees. The leaders and volunteers of this group give their time to build education exhibits, conduct tours, open their homes to architecture enthusiasts, and assist property owners who want to restore or upgrade their historic buildings. PS ModCom has had a tremendous impact on architectural preservation in Palm Springs. It continues to work alongside local and state organizations to preserve the area’s modern heritage. This work enriches the community as well as the economy and conveys the message that architecture of excellence is worth discussing, saving, and appreciating.

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Jury Comments

This organization is a superb example for the rest of the country of how a small group of passionate people can make a big difference. Their work has cultivated a serious appreciation for design and preservation and provides a singular model for a younger generation of students.

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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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