Modernism in America Awards

Docomomo US is pleased to announce ten winners of the 2016 Modernism in America Awards program. These projects are exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States continues to expand.

Award of Excellence

Citation of Merit

Citation of Technical Achievement 

Rauh Residence | Cincinnati
Michigan Modern | Michigan
Tower of Hope | Garden Grove
The projects recognized for the Modernism in America Awards (#ModernismAwards) highlight the diversity of important modern buildings and sites, and a new desirability by the public to live, work and celebrate the richness of midcentury architecture and design. While often at the center of intense preservation efforts, they deserve and can be preserved in a meaningful and productive way that enhances their presence and value in their respective communities.  
Docomomo US is proud to announce Design Within Reach as the first program sponsor for the Docomomo US Modernism in America Awards. The 2016 Modernism in America Awards will be awarded on the night of Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Design Within Reach Studio in New York City.




Tickets to the Modernism in America Awards 2016 can be purchased here through September 15th. 


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2016 Award of Excellence 

Photo Credit: © Ed Massery 2014 for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.
Design Award of Excellence | Civic Institutional
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Photo Credit: Paul Turang
Design Award of Excellence | Commercial 
Los Angeles, California
Photo Credit: Cincinnati Preservation Association
Design Award of Excellence | Residential
Cinncinati, Ohio
Photo Credit: Cover of the book Michigan Modern. Photographer: James Haefner.
Advocacy Award of Excellence
Michigan State


2016 Citation of Merit

Photo Credit: © Jeffrey Totaro, courtesy of k YODER design
Design Citation of Merit | Residential
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo Credit: Peter Aaron
Design Citation of Merit | Civic/Institutional 
New York, New York
Photo Credti: Nic Lehoux
Design Citation of Merit | Commercial
Phoenix, Arizona
Photo: Rocio Carlon. Catalog Design: Jeffrey Liao
Citation of Merit | Survey/Inventory
Houston, Texas

2016 Citation of Technical Achievement

Heintges & Associates (left); Woodruff / Brown Architectural Photography (right)
Citation of Technical Achievement
New York, NY
Photo Credit: © Christian Costea Photography, Inc.
Citation of Technical Achievement
Garden Grove City, CA

2016 Modernism in America Jury 

The design and survey prize jury was chaired by Frederick A. Bland, FAIA, AICP has provided design leadership for more than 40 years on a wide range of projects both in the United States and abroad, including mixed-use, retail, residential, and cultural facilities. He joined Beyer Blinder Belle in 1972, became the first non-founding partner in 1978, and Managing Partner in 2004. Renowned architects, authors, educators and speakers also on the jury included: Joan Blumenfeld, FAIA, FIIDA, LEED, ID+C is a design principal and the firm-wide Design Director for Interiors for the firm Perkins+Will. Her work has been published in multiple publications and won over 60 design awards in the past few years alone. Michelangelo Sabatino is an architect and historian whose research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. Sabatino is professor and director of the doctoral program at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture in Chicago. Deborah Dietsch is an award-winning journalist who writes about architecture, art and design. She is frequent contributor to The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Home and Design magazine and other publications. Deborah was the editor-in-chief of Architecture magazine before working as the art and architecture critic for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Washington Times. Jack Pyburn, FAIA, partner of Lord Aeck Sargent and adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. Theodore Prudon, FAIA, FAPT, FoIFI, BNADr is a leading expert on the preservation of modern architecture and a practicing architect in New York City and is the current President of Docomomo US.
The Docomomo US Modernism in America Advocacy Award was awarded by the Docomomo US Board of DirectorsThe Awards will be awarded on September 21, 2016 during a ceremony hosted by the 2016 Awards sponsor Design Within Reach in New York City.


The Modernism in America Awards is the only national program that celebrates the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design.  

The awards acknowledge the substantial contribution preservation in general and the postwar heritage in particular makes to the economic and cultural life of our cities and towns and their respective communities. The awards also set a standard as to what can be accomplished with the productive preservation of these projects. 

Design Within Reach


Design Within Reach makes authentic modern design accessible. When the company was founded in 1998, the classics were very difficult to find. DWR changed that, making innovative works by iconic designers accessible for the first time and continuing to offer the best in modern design – past, present and future – ever since.



2016 Awards Press

June 21, 2016 | Curbed 
Docomomo Announces Winners of 2016 Modernism in America Awards: Buildings in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and other cities were honored
Docomomo US announces the winners of 2016 Modernism in America Awards
June 23, 2016 | ARCHITECT Magazine
Docomomo Names its Modernism in America Awards: The US sector of the international nonprofit dedicated to documenting and conserving modern built environments announced 10 projects as commendable examples of restored postwar designs.
June 25, 2016 | ArchDaily
The Winners for The 2016 Modernism in America Awards Have Been Announced
June 27, 2016 | Dwell 
Greatness Restored: The 2016 Modernism in America Awards
June 30, 2016 | The Monocle Minute
Modern conservation

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Previous Winners


Visit the Modernism in America Awards page for more information about submission guidelines.


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