Buffalo's Willert Park Courts to receive Modernism in America Advocacy Award of Excellence

Willert Park Courts, the first housing complex for African Americans in Buffalo and an early example of International Style design, will receive the Docomomo US 2020 Modernism in America Advocacy Award of Excellence. The organization's top advocacy prize honors the work of Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation, who for over 15 years have maintained their stance that the complex is “one of the single most historic places in the City of Buffalo.” The organizations have dedicated countless hours and resources to the preservation battle for this culturally, socially and architecturally significant resource. 

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Join us for the 2020 Modernism in America Awards Ceremony



For the first time ever, the awards will be free to attend and will be presented during a live virtual ceremony on Thursday November 12, 2020 at 8 pm EDT. Along with Willert Park Courts, all of the 2020 Modernism in America Award winners will be announced during the live ceremony. The ceremony is free to attend but registration is required. 


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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.

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Beyer Blinder Belle was founded in 1968, in the wake of the urban renewal movement in the United States, when the social fabric of cities, communities, and buildings was compromised by the prevailing attitudes about planning and architecture. We pioneered and defined a different approach to the design of the built environment that focused on architecture empowering people — their interaction with each other on streets and in neighborhoods, their pleasure in moving through the city, and their connections to the surrounding physical fabric.

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We are architects, planners, and conservators who believe in the value that history adds to modern life.

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ARO is a New York City firm dedicated to architecture that unites strategy and intelligence with beauty and form. ARO’s diverse body of work—spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design— has earned the firm over a hundred design awards including the 2020 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and the Smithsonian Cooper‐Hewitt National Design Award.

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2020 Jury

The Modernism in America Awards jury is chaired by Kim Yao, AIA, Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a New York City firm dedicated to architecture that unites strategy and intelligence with beauty and form.

Hazel R. Edwards

Hazel R. Edwards has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering and Architecture at Howard University since July 2016. Dr. Edwards’ unique career has combined place-based research with planning and urban design practice. Her research interests in livability are framed within urban design contexts while focused primarily on historic campus environments. Of note is a planning study that culminated in a book that she co-authored entitled, The Long Walk: The Placemaking Legacy of Howard University (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, 1996), which traced the 127-year history of the physical development of the campus.  That project has led to funded research and published work on placemaking at other historically black colleges and universities in the United States. She holds the Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University, the Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University, and the Ph.D. in regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and was elected to their College of Fellows (FAICP). She has been a member of several American Institute of Architects and American Planning Association volunteer teams focused on developing alternatives to complex urban design (UDAT), planning (PAT), community planning (CPAT), and sustainable design assessment (SDAT) challenges. Prior to joining Howard University, she taught in the graduate architecture and city planning programs at Morgan State University's Institute of Architecture (1999 to 2007) and at The Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning (2007 to 2016), where she served as director of the Master of City and Regional Planning program.

Robert Hruby

Robert Hruby has shared leadership and design direction with Kevin Campion at Campion Hruby Landscape Architects since 2011. His extensive experience in the profession spans 25 years, working at national and regional firms. As a Senior Associate at Oehme, Van Sweden & Associates, Robert managed the overall design and implementation projects that ranged in type and scale from private residences and mixed-use communities to retail centers and botanic gardens. His award winning residential designs range from large estates to intimate urban gardens. Robert’s projects have been recognized as being in scale and proportion to their surrounding context, elegantly detailed and ecologically grounded. Robert’s interest in private garden design is both practical and scholarly. During graduate school at the University of Massachusetts he was a research assistant for the James Rose Landscape Research Center, where he documented Rose’s groundbreaking residential works. He is a recipient of many residential design awards, including a 2008 National Honor Award in Residential Design from the American Society of Landscape Architects and several from the Maryland and Potomac Chapters of the ASLA. Robert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Massachusetts. He is a registered landscape architect in the state of Maryland and an active member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.


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 while acknowledging the substantial contribution preservation in general and the postwar heritage in particular makes to the economic and cultural life of our communities.


Past Modernism in America Award Winners