Henry Adams Medal Program
For more than a century, the AIA has provided a medal of excellence to the top graduating students in National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) or Canadian Architectural Certification Board (CACB) accredited degrees, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Architecture, or Doctor of Architecture. The award is named in honor of Henry Adams (1838-1918), a historian, author, and scholar who donated his book, Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres, and eventually the royalties from his book, to the AIA.
In 2018, a new medal and process was announced that aligns with the original 1914 resolution that established this award. Schools may submit the name of one graduate of a BArch, MArch, or DArch program, who displays "general excellence" throughout his or her academic career for this medal and certificate. Please note that a BS, BA, MS, or MA architecture degree (not accredited by NAAB) is not eligible for this award.
The Henry Adams Medal program is now administered by the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of AIA.
2021 Program Year announcement
As a result of AIA’s commitment to equity and justice in the built environment, AIA is currently assessing all awards programs. The assessment will review all honors and awards processes, including the naming of awards like the Henry Adams Medal. As such, medal delivery for 2021 honorees will be delayed. The audit is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021 and will follow with specific recommendations to the AIA Board of Directors. We appreciate your patience as AIA assesses its awards programs.
Submit your school's top graduate in your NAAB-accredited or CACB-accredited professional degrees for 2021. Please note that there is no runner-up certificate. This is for BArch, MArch or DArch degrees only.
Schools may submit the name of one graduate of a BArch, MArch, or DArch program, who displays "general excellence" throughout their academic career for this medal and certificate. The Certificate of Merit for the second-ranked student has been discontinued. Please also note that a BS, BA, MS, or MA architecture degree (not accredited by NAAB) are not eligible for this award.
The annual submission period is open from February through September.
- Make sure all spelling is correct for the student's name, official school name and the mailing address for the school.
- Allow 6 weeks for delivery and submit as early as possible to get your student his or her medal for award and graduation ceremonies.