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.


Submit your school's top graduate in your NAAB-accredited or CACB-accredited professional degrees for 2020. Please note that there is no runner-up certificate. This is for BArch, MArch or DArch degrees only.

  • 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.

Submissions open February 12, 2020 >

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