Hany Hassan, FAIA, recipient of the 2019 Centennial Medal
The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) are proud to present Awards for Great People. Each year, our Fall Design Fête celebrates these individuals and their work in making Washington better through their contributions as architects, advocates, educators, clients and partners.
Glenn Brown Award
John 'Wieb' Wiebenson Award
Emerging Architects Award
Architectural Educator Award - New in 2020
Public Service Award - New in 2020
Partnership for the Planet Award - New in 2020
Laureates are selected annually by the Awards for Great People Jury, comprised of at least two members of AIA|DC and two members of WAF who shall be appointed by the Presidents of both organizations. The jury may select more than one laureate, or no laureates, per award in a given year and may consider nominations from prior years and nominations of its own.
Steven Spurlock, FAIA
Steven Spurlock, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has an impressive record of service to the Chapter, the AIA and the profession. He is renowned for his extensive pro bono organizational and leadership efforts for non-profit community groups; his service to the profession as a member of the national AIA Board of Directors; and his service and leadership roles for AIA|DC, the Washington Architectural Foundation, and now with the AIA|DC Fellows Committees. He has continually utilized his skills, knowledge, and ability for the betterment of Washington and the profession. Embodying the idea of the “citizen architect”, his pro bono projects continue to make a difference, both for the intended beneficiaries and within the overall context of the built environment. Examples include the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud House, an internationally recognized prototype residence for HIV-positive children; a new facility for the Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo; and the District Architecture Center (DAC).
A native Washingtonian, Steven Spurlock has been a respected member of the Washington DC architectural community since graduating with distinction from Virginia Tech in 1978. Early in his career, he formed a partnership with Joseph Wnuk, forming WNUK SPURLOCK, an award-winning design firm that later merged with Quinn Evans Architects. Examples of Mr. Spurlock’s work include the renovation of the Embassy of Cameroon, the de la Cruz Gallery of Art at Georgetown University, a studio renovation for internationally acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam, the Luso American Wave sculpture in Lisbon, Portugal, a new sanctuary for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockville MD, and the First Tee Building in College Park MD.
The Centennial Medal is the highest honor AIA|DC can bestow upon a member. The laureate must be “an architect whose contributions span at least a decade of service to the Chapter, to the community, or to the profession”. The Centennial Medal is not intended to be an award for excellence in architectural design.
Centennial Medal Laureates
1989 Chloethiel Woodard Smith, FAIA
1990 Edwin Wiehe, AIA
1991 Leon Brown, FAIA
1992 David H. Condon, FAIA
1993 Charles H. Atherton, FAIA
1994 Arthur M. Keyes, Jr., FAIA
1995 Louis E. Fry, Sr., FAIA
1996 Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA
1997 Joe Miller, FAIA
1998 Joe Reid, AIA
1999 Isham Baker, FAIA
2000 Colden Florance, FAIA
2001 Frank Schlesinger, FAIA
2002 Joe Passonneau, FAIA
2003 Harry Robinson, FAIA
2004 Don Myer, FAIA
2005 George Hartman, FAIA
2006 Warren Cox, FAIA
2007 Mary Oehrlein, FAIA
2009 David Cox, FAIA
2010 George Dove, FAIA
2011 Dave Metzger, FAIA
2012 David Daileda, FAIA
2013 Marshall E. Purnell, FAIA
2014 Suman Sorg, FAIA
2015 Shalom Baranes, FAIA
2016 Graham Davidson, FAIA
2017 Hal Davis, FAIA
2018 Mary Katherine Lanzillotta, FAIA
2019 Hany Hassan, FAIA
Earl Alexander “Rusty” Powell, III
Earl A. Powell III served as the director of the National Gallery of Art from 1992 to 2019. Previously, he was a professor of art history at the University of Texas at Austin from 1974 to 1976. Between 1976 and 1980 he held curatorial posts at the National Gallery. From 1980 to 1992, Mr. Powell was director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which he transformed, according to Art in America magazine, "from a local institution to a museum of international stature." But it is for his service to the city and country as Chairman of the US Commission of Fine Art — a position he has held since 2005, that he is honored with this award.
The Commission was established by Congress in 1910 as a permanent body to advise the federal government on matters pertaining to the arts and national symbols and to guide the architectural development of Washington, D.C. Originally appointed by President George W. Bush, he was reappointed by President Obama in 2012.
Mr. Powell serves as a trustee of the American Federation of the Arts, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House Historical Association, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, among others. He is a member of numerous arts organizations, including the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Portrait Gallery Commission, and the American Philosophical Society. Mr. Powell's awards include Norway's King Olav Medal, and the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from France.
The Glen Brown Award honors an individual who has raised public awareness of architecture and its benefits to society and who has improved the quality of life in Washington, DC.
Glenn Brown was the founder of the Washington Chapter of the AIA and the quiet force behind the resurrection of the L’Enfant Plan and the development of the McMillan Plan in 1900. Author, scholar, presidential advisor and most of all, civic activist, Brown began a strong legacy of architectural involvement in city affairs.
Glenn Brown Award Laureates
2001 Sarah Booth Conroy
2002 Robert Lautman
2003 Robert Peck
2004 The Honorable Daniel Patrick Moynihan
2005 The Honorable Jim Graham
2006 Ben Forgey
2007 Richard and Sabine Yanul
2008 James Goode
2009 Martin Moeller, Assoc. AIA
2010 Doug Fruehling, Editor of Washington Business Journal
2011 David Maloney, DC SHPO
2012 Ginnie Cooper, DC Chief Librarian
2013 William B. Alsup, III
2013 Mayor Anthony Williams
2014 Allen Y. Lew
2015 Gerald R. Sigal
2016 Kojo Nnamdi
2017 Elinor Bacon
2018 Tommy Wells
2019 Robert P. Kogod
Ruben Quesada, Assoc. AIA
Ruben Quesada, Assoc. AIA, is an Associate at ZGF. He is a member of the 2018 Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program and was later appointed as a program Advisor, exemplifying his dedication to mentorship and peer engagement. As a member and former co-chair of ZGF’s Policy Advisory Committee, he has led a variety of initiatives to enhance employee benefits and quality of life, while mobilizing volunteer teams and resources to serve the DC community. He is noted for his dedication to positive change, which is evidenced by his leading efforts to support community organizations such as DC Central Kitchen and So Others Might Eat Young (SOME), the latter of which he serves on the Board.
The Wieb Award honors an architect who, throughout his or her career, has made a difference in the Washington community through work in the public interest.
Named in honor of the late John “Wieb” Wiebenson who passed away in 2003, the Wieb Award recognizes the profound impact of the pubic spirit of architecture and those practitioners who make careers out of projects taken on not for pay, but just for the sake of doing good. Wieb was widely recognized as a champion of great design and for his work for nonprofits throughout the city, from founding Don’t Tear it Down (now the DC Preservation League) to designing cheerful spaces for places like Bread for the City and Martha’s Table. He began his career in Boston working with Walter Gropius at the Architects Collaborative and later with Charles Moore, designer of California’s famous Sea Ranch, who taught him that architecture should be fun. Wieb’s portfolio includes private homes, schools, restaurants and nonprofits. When not designing buildings that have been described by the Washington Post as “at once creative and sensible,” Wieb drew Archihorse, a comic strip focused on urban design and architecture, which was published for many years by the Progressive Review. Wieb was also a prolific map maker.
The first Wieb award was given posthumously to John Wiebenson. We are reminded of the spirit, creativity, and great humor he brought to his work which has enriched the city for all people.
Wieb Award Laureates
2004 John Wiebenson
2005 Robert Schwartz, FAIA
2006 Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA
2007 Todd Ray, FAIA
2008 Dave Shove-Brown, AIA
2009 Darrel Rippeteau, AIA
2010 Steven Spurlock, FAIA
2011 Stephen Vanze, FAIA
2012 Barbara G. Laurie, AIA
2013 Roger K. Lewis, FAIA
2014 Susan Piedmont-Palladino
2015 Lam Vuong, AIA
2016 Janet Bloomberg, AIA
2017 Joanna Schmickel, AIA
2018 Greg Kearley, AIA
2019 Gina Volpicelli, AIA
Alison Pavilonis, AIA
Alison Pavilonis, AIA, has shown remarkable leadership and initiative as an early-career architect in service to the professional community. A scholar of the 2018 Christopher Kelly Leadership Development Program, she later served as Communications Advisor. Her invaluable presence as a member of the AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee began in 2017, with a leading role in planning a long list of successful social events that have strengthened our community. She later became EAC Via Chair and later, Chair in 2019. Alison is a member of the DAC Leadership Series Steering Committee and will be the incoming Chair in 2021.
In 2020, she joined the AIA|DC Board of Directors and has already made an impact through her thoughtful and creative input on high-level strategic discussions regarding the Chapter. She is an Architect at Gensler and a graduate of Penn State University.
The Emerging Architect Award recognizes individuals of all ages who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.
Emerging Architect Award Laureates
2008 Griz Dwight
2009 Joseph Fuentes
2009 Jay Wilson
2010 Phil Wessell
2011 Hiroshi Jacobs
2012 Melissa Daniel
2013 Marcy Giannunzio, AIA
2013 Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA
2014 Ryan McEnroe, AIA, ASLA
2015 Ricardo Rodriguez, Assoc. AIA
2016 Abigail Brown, AIA
2016 Luis Velez-Alvarez, AIA
2017 Leah Ijjas, AIA
2018 Nakita Reed, AIA
2019 Douglas Crawford, AIA
Lindsey May, AIA
Lindsey May, AIA, is an award-winning Registered Architect based in Washington D.C. In addition to contributing to the built environment through design projects, she is a Professional Track Faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In addition to contributing to the built environment through design projects, she is the Assistant Director and a Professional Track Faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where she is a noted campus advocate as a member of the Learning Outcomes Committee and the College Coordinators Committee as well as a founding faculty advisor for both See/Saw, the Architecture Program journal, and the Women in Architecture Group.
In her practice, Studio Mayd, Lindsey is committed to empowering and developing her staff designers but structuring time for her team to reflect and plan for both project, and career-long trajectories. Prior to founding her firm in 2017, Lindsey worked in architecture and fabrication studios including Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, SOFTlab, and Rafael Vinoly Architects. Lindsey holds a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.
The Architect Educator Award recognizes an organization or individual for excellence in the advancement of architectural education at all levels (K-12, University, and/or Post-Graduate) through teaching, design, scholarship, research, or service. May is its inaugural laureate.
Donald B. Myer, FAIA
The late Don Myer came to Washington, DC in the early 1960s to begin a career in historic preservation for the National Park Service. After playing a key role in the restoration of Union Station and the Washington Monument, he went on to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Commission of Fine Arts from the late ’60s until 1997. There, Myer was involved in the design of significant federal landmarks, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the National Air and Space Museum, and the Metro system. After retiring from the Commission of Fine Arts, Don remained a committed member of Washington's architecture community. He served as Clerk of the Works for the Washington National Cathedral, as a curator at Tudor Place, and on the faculty of The Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning. He also continued his active involvement with numerous community and professional organizations, among them D.C. Preservation League, the Adams Memorial Foundation, and on the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. He served as President of the Washington Architectural Foundation from 1998 to 2000 and was the 2004 recipient of the Centennial Medal, our chapter’s highest honor.
The Public Service Award recognizes an elected or appointed organization or individual, public administrator, or institutional leader who establishes and contributes to the development of laws, regulations, policies, or initiatives that promote excellence in architecture and design in Washington, D.C. Myer is its inaugural laureate and it has been renamed in his honor.
Hitt Contracting’s Co|Lab Project
Co|Lab serves as HITT Contracting’s designated space for the research, testing, and showcasing of emerging materials, approaches, and technology that seek to rapidly transform the construction and real estate industries. The ambitious project has demonstrated a dedication to setting new industry standards for productivity and efficiencies, elevating the profession, and engaging the next generation of builders with training in sustainable methods. The state-of-the-art, LEED v4 Platinum facility features elements such as a full mass timber structure, roof-mounted PV array, ultra-efficient MEP design, and the team is currently pursuing the International Living Future Institute’s rigorous Petal Certification as well.
In concert with the AIA’s Climate Action priority, the Partnership for the Planet Award recognizes an individual, firm, or team which has championed sustainable and/or resilient development in the Washington, DC region. This award goes to individuals, firms, or teams who are doing cutting edge work, going well beyond current requirements, and leading the way to a more sustainable city and region.