The Washington Architectural Foundation (WAF) and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) present four Awards for Great People annually. The annual Fall Design Fête celebrates the contributions of individuals who make Washington better through their contributions as designers, advocates, and clients.
This award is the highest honor the Chapter can bestow upon a member. The recipient must be “an architect whose contributions span at least a decade of service to the Chapter, to the community, or to the profession.” It is not intended to be an award for excellence in architectural design. The jury may select up to three recipients in a given year, although to date only one award has been given in each of the previous twenty years. The jury may also choose not to give an award during a given year. The jury may consider any member previously nominated and may make additional nominations of its own. Posthumous awards may be given, though again, this has never happened.
Congratulations to Hany Hassan, FAIA, recipient of the 2019 Centennial Medal.
Previous Centennial Medal Winners
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
The Washington Chapter of the AIA and the Washington Architectural Foundation are pleased to cosponsor the Glenn Brown Award to honor 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.
The award will be given annually by a jury including at least two members of the Chapter and two members of the Foundation who shall be appointed by the Presidents of these organizations. Both Boards of Directors will ratify jurors. The award will be presented at the AIA Gala.
Nominations for the Glenn Brown Award may be submitted by any person having sufficient knowledge of the nominee's qualifications. Each nomination shall present the background and justification for consideration of the nominee, clearly citing the nominee's qualifications for receiving the award. The nominees are not required to be architects. The submission shall identify the nominee and nominator as requested. Nominators and references are requested not to contact potential nominees for information about their qualifications or for permission to place their names in nomination.
Each submission must be supplemented by three reference letters and may be accompanied by other relevant material that supports and amplifies the nomination. The entire submission is not to exceed 20 pages. The nomination statement shall not exceed three pages and reference letters shall not exceed one page. All material shall be typed on 8.5 x 11‐inch pages using 11‐point type or larger with at least one inch margins on all edges.
Generally one a award will be given per year, although the Chapter and Foundation reserve the right to give more than one award if the jury finds merit in more than one or defer an award in any year if the jury determines there is no suitable nomination. The award may not be given posthumously.
Congratulations to Robert P. Kogod, recipient of the 2019 Glenn Brown Award.
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
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of John “Wieb” Wiebenson on September 28, 2003. Wieb was widely recognized 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, Wieb was a champion of great design.
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.
To describe his work, Wieb said that what he and partner Kendall Dorman try to do is “bring some spirit, light and good cheer to these projects and try to save our clients some money.” On the day he died, he was working on another project for Martha’s Table, a client he had worked with for more than 20 years. With Wieb’s design guidance, Martha’s Table expanded from one building to occupy every building on the west side of 2100 block of 14th Street. By expanding its floor space, it also expanded its services to the community, helping to feed and clothe many more low‐income and homeless children, families and individuals.
Architects who work in the public interest have grateful clients but few opportunities to be recognized by their profession. The Washington Architectural Foundation believes that the late John ‘Wieb’ Wiebenson’s extensive pro bono work provides such a profound example of the public spirit of architecture that it created the John “Wieb” Wiebenson Award for Architecture in the Public Interest. This award is given to an architect who, throughout his or her career, has made a difference in the Washington community through work in the public interest.
Celebrating the community spirit of architects is especially important to the Foundation because, for the last 27 years, it has provided pro bono design services to other nonprofits through its Community Design Services program. Wieb’s passing reminds us that we need to remember those practitioners who make careers out of projects taken on not for pay but just for the sake of doing good. We hope that by giving this award annually, we can all be reminded of the spirit, creativity, and great humor Wieb brought to his work, which has enriched the city for all of us.
Congratulations to Gina Volpicelli, AIA, recipient of the 2019 John ‘Wieb’ Wiebenson Award.
2004 John Wiebenson
2005 Robert Schwartz, FAIA
2006 Mary Kay Lanzillotta, FAIA
2007 Kent Cooper, FAIA
2008 Todd Ray, AIA
2009 Dave Shove-Brown, AIA
2010 Darrel Rippeteau, AIA
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
The AIA|DC 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. There is no fee for this submission.
Eligibility: Members of AIA|DC within the first ten (10) years of professional experience may be nominated for this award. Candidates do not need to be licensed, but they must have graduated from a NAAB‐Accredited program within the last 10 years.
Nomination Process: The nominator must fully explain the contributions of the nominee and submit relevant exhibits and letter of recommendation to support the nomination. Self‐nominations are encouraged but must include all required information listed below.
- Nomination letter: a one‐page summary of the nominee’s achievements and contributions to the field. Letter can be written by the submitter or an individual who knows the candidate.
- Candidate biography: 2‐page maximum
- Supporting exhibits: Include materials (clippings, drawings, articles, citations, etc.) that best demonstrate the outstanding accomplishments of the nominee. This information should not exceed 10 pages. Proper credit for the material presented and accuracy of the material is the responsibility of the nominator.
- Recommendations: Up to three (3) one‐page letters of support by those who know the quality of the nominee’s work or service; letters should contain specific reasons for support.
- Candidate photograph: jpeg; no larger than 300 dpi and 1MG.
The jury may select one or more recipients for this award in a given year. The jury may also choose not to give an award in a given year. The jury may consider any member previously nominated (as long as they still meet the eligibility requirements) and make additional nominations of its own.
Congratulations to Douglas Crawford, AIA, recipient of the 2019 Emerging Architect Award.
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