SAH Awards Gala

Honoring Architectural Excellence

At its 2013 Awards Gala on November 9, the Society of Architectural Historians presented four Awards for Architectural Excellence to individuals and organizations in the categories of design, planning and sustainability; architectural media; architectural criticism; and architectural stewardship. 

The theme of the gala, “A Century of Progress: 1913–2013,” recognized the changes in the urban landscape over the past 100 years. The gala benefited SAH and its mission to promote the study, interpretation and conservation of the built environment worldwide.

2013 SAH Awards Gala Video Playlist

2013 SAH Awards Gala Photos

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Honoring Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture for its innovative zero-energy skyscraper designs and the Chicago Central Area DeCarbonization Plan.


Honoring Judith Paine McBrien, director of The Archimedia Workshop, for a lifetime of documentary and interpretive filmmaking, including her 2009 film, Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City.


Honoring Blair Kamin for his 21-year-role as the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic at the Chicago Tribune. In addition to thousands of print and online columns, Kamin has written books including Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age (2010) and Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago (2003). 


Honoring Zoë Ryan, Alison Fisher and Karen Kice of the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, for their expansion of the department’s focus to include contemporary and historic architecture and design and for their efforts to engage the public in discussions about how architecture and design shape our modern world.

Awards for Architectural Excellence past recipients