The American Institute of Architects established the Thomas Jefferson Awards for Public Architecture to recognize achievements in the following three categories:
Private-sector architects who have established a portfolio of accomplishment in the design of architecturally distinguished public facilities
Public-sector architects who manage or produce quality design within their agencies
Public officials or other individuals who by their role of advocacy have furthered the public's awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence.
The deadline for the 2013 program has passed.
The 2014 information will be posted in the summer of 2013. Until that time we encourage you to use the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Awards Walk Through as a guideline.
Thomas Jefferson demonstrated a commitment to excellence in architecture in order to improve the public's understanding of its own potential through various models of quality design. He pursued a more sensitive and responsible government as well as enhanced standards of living and learning for the general public.
The product of good public buildings, such as post offices, recreation centers, libraries, educational facilities, and infrastructure projects that impact a broad cross-section of a community structure, must be recognized for the significance of their lasting contribution to our enhanced quality of life.
Any AIA member, group of members, component, or knowledge community may nominate candidates for category one of the Thomas Jefferson Awards.
Architects licensed in the United States and practicing in the private sector who have made a significant contribution to the quality of public architecture and who have established a portfolio of accomplishment to that end are eligible to be nominated. The nominee shall have evidenced great depth, with a cumulative effect on the quality of public architecture.
Public architecture is defined as any work that is funded in part or wholly by public money.
This category recognizes achievements of those public-sector architects who, by their skill, professionalism, dedication, ability, and commitment, have consistently fostered quality in the public built environment and such quality is uniquely attributable to each recipient.
Any AIA member, group of members, component, or knowledge community may nominate candidates for category two of the Thomas Jefferson Awards.
Licensed architects employed in the United States public sector or governmental agencies who manage or produce quality public architecture within their jurisdiction are eligible to be nominated in this category.
Governmental agencies who, by their successful contribution as a whole have fostered quality in the public environment, may be nominated in this category.
This category recognizes the critical role of elected officials, public administrators, and institutional leaders who establish or contribute to the development of laws, regulations, and policies that affect the process and product of architecture as well as the public’s perception of such architecture as an important part of our environment, lives, and heritage. Of particular importance is recognition of their advocacy for design excellence as a critical issue in the formulation of such policies and the positive evolution of the public’s perception and demand for design quality.
Any AIA member, group of members, component, or knowledge community may nominate candidates for category three of the Thomas Jefferson Awards.
Public officials or individuals who by his or her role and advocacy have furthered the public’s awareness and/or appreciation of design excellence in public architecture are eligible to be nominated in this category.
The candidate may be a nonarchitect who by his or her support and actions has significantly influenced or contributed to the promotion of quality design in the public sector.
Steven Spurlock, FAIA, Chair
Wnuk Spurlock Architecture, Washington, DC
James Binkley, FAIA
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
Year Awarded: 2013
Submission Deadline: October 5, 2012
Award Category: Achievement
The American Institute of Architects