The Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism rewards reportorial or critical excellence in fostering a better public understanding of architecture and urbanism in Washington, DC. This prize is for professional journalists, and is funded by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC). It seeks to raise DC’s status as a design city by rewarding journalists and critics who write about the design of DC’s urban environment.

Prize amount: $5,000

About Sarah Booth Conroy
Sarah Booth Conroy (1928 - 2009) wrote on architecture and city history for the Washington Post for more than 30 years. Mrs. Conroy was the first winner of the Glenn Brown Award, an award given by the Chapter and the Washington Architectural Foundation to an individual who has improved the quality of life in DC and raised awareness of architecture and its benefits to society.

2019 Application

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Previous Winners

2018 - Lance Hosey, FAIA
Lance Hosey is an independent architecture critic and practicing designer. Since 2013 he has written a regular series on design for the Huffington Post, one of the top ten most-read websites. His essays on architecture have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company, Architectural Record, Metropolis, and other publications. He is the author of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), which was a finalist for 2014 Book of the Year in the National Urban Design Awards and won a 2013 New York Book Show award.
Selected works:
"Is Washington its own worst enemy for sustainable design?" Huffington Post
"The Space of Resistance" Huffington Post

2017 - Amanda Kolson Hurley
Amanda Kolson Hurley is a freelance journalist and former executive editor of Architect magazine. In recent years, she has written for The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The American Scholar, Curbed, and Wallpaper. In 2015, she began writing a column on design in DC called Concrete Details for the Washington City Paper.
Selected works:
"Why Painting the Union Station Metro Cheapens an Architectural MasterpieceWashington City Paper
"Grayed Expectations: What's With All the Gray Houses?Washington City Paper

2016 - Kriston Capps
Covering architecture and urbanism at CityLab, his work has appeared in the Atlantic, and has written for Washington City Paper for over 10 years. He was previously a senior editor at Architect magazine. His writing covers topics that include local design issues with long term implications on Washington, DC.
Selected works:
"Requiem for a Nightmare" CityLab
"Architect David Jameson knows D.C.'s buildings don't have to be ugly. Now he's trying to convince the rest of the world, too."  Washington City Paper