On May 11, 2010, the National Building Museum will hold its 24th Honor Award ceremony to recognize three organizations that have advanced the quality of our built environment through their unique civic and social innovations: architecture firm Perkins+Will; New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village founders Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate; and The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
and interdisciplinary design practice Perkins+Will will be celebrated
for its legacy of socially-relevant design that has promoted human wellbeing
over the course of the firm’s 75 year-history. Perkins+Will, one of the world’s
largest design firms with 23 offices globally, has a remarkable portfolio of
complex, high-performing institutional projects for civic, education,
healthcare, government, and private-sector clients. Even though an
international leader, the firm focuses on educating its professionals to design
structures and built environments that harmonize locally—conserving resources
and preserving local ecosystems, promoting the health of occupants, and unifying
communities through design.
founders of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village—Harry Connick, Jr.,
Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate—will be honored
for their creation of a multi-generational village to house musicians in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina, thereby preserving and promoting the cultural
traditions and practices that define New Orleans. The group’s leadership in
restoring and revitalizing the Upper Ninth Ward has been a catalyst for
additional community development in the neighborhood. The founders will be
celebrated for their role in helping sustain local culture and inclusion of
low-income populations that support a vibrant and successful city.
U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon will be recognized for its commitment to
educating the next generation of engineers, architects, and builders through a
creative “whole building approach” with renewable energy, energy-efficient, and environmentally responsible
systems. Since 2001, the Solar Decathlon has increased public awareness and
consumer interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the marketplace.
The Department of Energy and its Solar Decathlon have helped spur research and
development through partnerships with leading educational institutions around
Executive Director and President of the
Honor Award ceremony will take place the evening of May 11, 2010 during
a gala event which will include the honorees, government officials, leaders
from across the design and building industry, and guests from arts and cultural
organizations. The Honor Award was instituted by the
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