Amanda Kolson Hurley is 2017 recipient of Conroy Prize!

Congratulations Amanda Kolson Hurley, the second annual winner of The Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward reportorial or critical excellence in fostering a better public understanding of architecture and urbanism in Washington DC! Hurley writes a column on design in DC called Concrete Details for the Washington City Paper. She is also a contributing editor for Architect and a regular contributor to The Atlantic’s online publication CityLab. Hurley is the former executive editor of Architect magazine, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has written in recent years for publications that include The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The American Scholar, Curbed, and Wallpaper.

Hurley will be presented with the prize during Architecture Month in April, where she has been invited to speak at a public lecture. Her talk The Overlooked Architectural Opportunities of Suburbia, will take place on April 4 at the District Architecture Center, in which she will argue that the suburbs can and should be a realm of innovation.

The Conroy Prize jury, Shalom Baranes, FAIA; Claire Conroy, journalist, editor, and daughter of Sarah Booth Conroy; and Scott Frank, ARGO Communications, thought that Hurley’s submission stood out because of her witty and approachable writing style. Her prominent body of work looks at pertinent topics such as glass box architecture in “Ban the Box,” what the color of your house says about you in “Grayed Expectations,” and “Gallaudet University’s Brilliant, Surprising Architecture for the Deaf” about DeafSpace. Sign up for Hurley’s lecture and also go on a tour of the Gallaudet University master plan during Architecture Month. Learn more at


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