• 2019 National Preservation Awards Jury Announced

    September 6, 2019

    Each year, an independent jury of national and international thought leaders from many disciplines selects the recipients of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards. The jury members look for historic preservation projects of all sizes and scale that involve innovative approaches, inclusive community outreach, demonstrative economic impact, and comprehensive preservation plans and programs that can serve as inspiration to others in the field. The jury convenes to confer on finalists’ attributes and agree upon three award recipients that represent the “best of the best” in preservation projects.

    The 2019 jury includes these four distinguished jurors:

    Lucas Grindley

    Lucas Grindley
    Executive Director, Next City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Lucas Grindley is executive director for Next City, a nonprofit journalism organization that reports on solutions to the problems facing our cities. Since 2003, Next City has used the power of journalism to amplify change that results in greater economic, social, and environmental justice in cities.

    Grindley is the former President of Pride Media and oversaw leading LGBTQ brands Out magazine, The Advocate, PRIDE, Out Traveler, Chill magazine, and Plus magazine. Grindley was also editor in chief of The Advocate, the longest running LGBTQ magazine in the country.

    In both 2016 and 2018, NLGJA named Grindley as “LGBT Journalist of the Year" with its Sarah Pettit Memorial Award. Grindley is the former managing editor for online at National Journal magazine, covering politics and policy making.

    His work has won three national Sigma Delta Chi reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Grindley now lives in Philadelphia with his husband and twin daughters. He also serves on the board of directors for Extraordinary Families, a nonprofit helping create more families like his through foster-adoption.

    Jorge Otero-Pailos

    Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Artist, and Director and Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, New York, New York

    Jorge Otero-Pailos is a New York-based artist and architect best known for making monumental casts of historically charged buildings. He is Director and Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture in New York. Drawing from his formal training in architecture and preservation, Otero-Pailos’ art practice deals with memory, culture, and transitions, and invites the viewer to consider buildings as powerful agents of change.

    His site-specific series, The Ethics of Dust, is an ongoing, decade-long investigation resulting from cleaning dust and the residue of pollution from monuments such as the Doge’s Palace in Venice; Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, London; the U.S. Old Mint in San Francisco; and Trajan’s Column at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

    Otero-Pailos also explores re-enactment as an artistic practice, by recreating historical odors (Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, CT), performing past events (Harold Egerton Bullet through Apple experiment ; M.I.T. Museum, Cambridge), or by capturing the intangible transfer of dance knowledge by modern dance master Merce Cunningham, using light, sound, and space (Répétiteur, City Center for Performing Arts, New York).

    Otero-Pailos’ works are to be found in the collections of SFMoMA, The British Museum, and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna. He participated in the 53rd Venice Art Biennial (2009), and the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2017), among others.

    He is the founder of the journal Future Anterior, co-editor of Experimental Preservation (2016), author of Architecture’s Historical Turn (2010) and contributor to scholarly journals and books including the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Rem Koolhaas’ Preservation Is Overtaking Us (2014).

    Otero-Pailos is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences of Puerto Rico, the Academy of Science and Culture of Ibero-America, and has received awards from major art, architecture and preservation organizations including the UNESCO, the American Institute of Architects, the Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, the Fitch Foundation, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.

    Jorge Otero-Pailos studied architecture at Cornell University and earned a doctorate in architecture at MIT. He is a founding faculty member of the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

    Julianne Polanco

    Julianne Polanco
    State Historic Preservation Officer, California Office of Historic Preservation, Sacramento, California

    Julianne Polanco was appointed California’s State Historic Preservation Officer in July of 2015. She served as a Commissioner and Chair of the California State Historical Resources Commission from 2005 to 2015.

    Ms. Polanco was the Director of Cultural Resources for Lend Lease Americas from 2006 to 2015. She was the Acting Federal Preservation Officer and Senior Preservation Specialist at the Presidio Trust from 1999 to 2006 and Assistant to the Vice President for programs at the World Monuments Fund from 1998 to 1999.

    Her professional work also included serving as Advisor to the Chairman of California Integrated Waste Management Board and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. During her tenure at the California Department of Conservation, she held various staff positions in the Director’s Office, Division of Recycling and Division of Mines and Geology. Ms. Polanco was a district staff member for Congressman Robert T. Matsui, specializing in labor, health care, the military, veterans’ affairs and the environment.

    Ms. Polanco earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

    John H. Sprinkle, Jr.

    John H. Sprinkle, Jr., Ph.D.
    Bureau Historian, National Park Service, Washington, DC

    After a decade of experience as a private sector historic preservation consultant, John Sprinkle joined the National Park Service in 1998, where he has worked in the National Historic Landmarks Survey, the Federal Preservation Institute, and now serves as the agency’s Bureau Historian.

    Dr. Sprinkle holds a Ph.D. in American history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland.

    His 2014 book, Crafting Preservation Criteria: the National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation, was followed last year by Saving Spaces: Historic Land Conservation in the United States.

    He received the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Pocantico Fellowship for 2018 in support of his forthcoming volume: Enhancing the Presence of the Past: the Civil Rights Movement and American Historic Preservation.

  • Learn More About The Douglass at Page Woodson

    October 24, 2018

    "The Douglass at Page Woodson is an incredible success story of redevelopment—taking a historic building in a once again growing area and converting it into affordable housing, the site provides residents with the sense of identity, history, and authenticity that engenders well-being."

    —Cayla Lewis, Executive Director of Preservation Oklahoma

    The Douglass at Page Woodson
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    The restoration and adaptation of Page Woodson School into affordable apartments marks a vibrant cultural renewal in Oklahoma City. In a public-private partnership, the badly decayed 1910 school house—renamed in 1934 for abolitionist Frederick Douglass when it became an all-black high school—underwent extensive restoration and now accommodates 60 affordable apartments and a community auditorium.

    Historic guests of the building’s auditorium included jazz great Duke Ellington, singer Marian Anderson, and Thurgood Marshall, the nation’s first African American Supreme Court justice.

    The exterior of Page Woodson School.

    photo by: Justin Clemons Photography

  • Learn More About Richardson Olmsted Campus

    October 24, 2018

    "Those of us who witnessed the rebirth of Richardson's majestic, towered masterpiece as the Richardson Olmsted Campus recognized this was an extraordinary undertaking. This prestigious award raises the City of Buffalo's growing reputation as a world-class architectural tourism destination."

    —Byron W. Brown, Mayor of Buffalo

    Richardson Olmsted Campus
    Buffalo, New York

    Reuse of the massive 145-year-old Richardson Olmsted Campus, the former Buffalo State Asylum and widely considered to be one of Buffalo’s most important and beautiful buildings, is the story of a threatened National Historic Landmark, the community effort to save it, a public-private partnership, skilled planning and design, and, ultimately, of success and rebirth.

    The transformation of the campus into a new hotel and architecture center occupying the iconic Towers Building and its two flanking structures is expected to be the crown jewel of a planned, mixed-use civic campus contributing to Buffalo’s architectural heritage.

    Richardson Olmsted Campus is open year-round with historical tours available May through September. Visitors can learn about the past, present, and future of the campus on public or private guided tours.

    The lobby of the main building of Richardson Olmsted Campus.

    photo by: Scott Gable Photography

  • Learn More About Crosstown Concourse

    October 24, 2018

    "Crosstown Concourse is the type of project that happens once in a generation."
    —Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis

    Crosstown Concourse
    Memphis, Tennessee

    Though much has changed since the facility opened as a Sears, Roebuck and Company distribution center and retail store less than two miles from downtown Memphis in 1927, Crosstown Concourse is the product of nearly five generations of innovators, dreamers, and builders. Today, having overcome two decades of blight, Crosstown Concourse is the catalyst for the revitalization of not just a distressed and abandoned building, but an entire neighborhood.

    Over 6,500 construction workers provided over 2.5 million hours of labor in the 2014-2017 rehabilitation to result in this adaptive reuse; 95% of the contracts were managed by local Memphis-owned businesses, and 32% of the construction contracts were awarded to minority-owned companies.

    Crosstown Concourse Memphis

    photo by: Selavie Photography

  • 2018 National Preservation Awards Jury Announced

    September 18, 2018

    Each year, an independent jury of national and international thought leaders from many disciplines selects the recipients of the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards. The 2018 jury includes these three distinguished jurors.

    Paul Goldberger

    Paul Goldberger, who HuffPost has called “the leading figure in architecture criticism,” is now a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011, he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons school of design, a division of The New School. He is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters (2009), published by Yale University Press. His architecture criticism has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism.

    Mtamanika Youngblood

    Mtamanika Youngblood is a nationally recognized community development practitioner and proponent of equitable development and sustainability as the model for addressing both the human and physical development needs of revitalizing communities. She is currently the President of Sweet Auburn Works, a nonprofit organization committed to the revitalization of the Sweet Auburn commercial corridor and modeled after the successful National Main Street Center program. She has served as the Chair of the Board and President of the Historic District Development Corporation (HDDC), Atlanta’s leading nonprofit, community-based developer of historic homes. She is also a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, having previously served as Vice Chair for the National Trust’s Board of Trustees.

    Jeffrey Cody

    Jeffrey Cody is an architecture historian and a Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute. He has been at the GCI since 2004, focusing primarily on conservation training activities in Southeast Asia. From 1995 to 2004 he taught architectural history at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Exporting American Architecture, 1870–2000 (2003) and Building in China: Henry K. Murphy's "Adaptive Architecture", 1914–1935 (2001). He also co-edited Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011) and Brush & Shutter: Early Photography in China (2011). He holds a PhD in architectural history from Cornell University (1989).

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