Society of Architectural Historians Change Agent Award Reception Recap and Photos

by SAH News | Aug 01, 2019

SAH Change Agent Award
Benjamin Gilmartin, Charles Renfro, Ricardo Scofidio, and Elizabeth Diller at the SAH Change Agent Award Reception. Credit Massimo Di Giovanna.

The Society of Architectural Historians presented the inaugural SAH Change Agent award to the partners of Diller Scofidio + Renfro—Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro and Benjamin Gilmartin—on July 17 during a reception at the Century Club in midtown Manhattan. Ninety-five guests, including members from the New York area, members of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of SAH, as well as new friends from the local architecture and design community attended the event.

SAH President Sandy Isenstadt presented the partners of DS+R with the award, which recognizes both paradigm-shifting design innovation, as well as creative architectural solutions that address society’s Grand Challenges. After heartfelt comments by Charles Renfro on behalf of the firm, Liz Diller spoke about the inspiration and design of the Shed, the cultural complex at Hudson Yards. The partners then participated in a conversation with moderator Martino Stierli, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, the Museum of Modern Art. The event concluded with a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres.

SAH board member, Konrad Wos, and his wife Meggan Walsh, hosted a VIP cocktail reception the evening before the award reception on their penthouse terrace overlooking the United Nations Plaza. Guests, including the honorees, SAH leadership and New York members and friends, enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a beautiful night with views of the UN Plaza, East River, and the Chrysler Building.

The Change Agent Award Reception raised over $31,000 to support the educational mission of SAH. Proceeds from the event will go toward SAH’s local, national, and international programs and publications such as SAH Archipedia, the Society’s newly designed, open-access online encyclopedia of the U.S. built environment.

SAH thanks event sponsors Ferguson and Shamamian Architects, CIT NA, Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA, and Wos and Wos Development Corporation; event co-chairs Bartholomew Voorsanger, FAIA and Konrad Wos; Jon Ritter, NYU, and President of the SAH New York Metropolitan Chapter; members of the Change Agent Host Committee; the Gill Family Foundation for generously supporting the attendance of area graduate students at the event; and the many contributors who could not attend in person.

View photos from the event.




Founded in 1940, the Society of Architectural Historians is an international nonprofit membership organization that promotes the study, interpretation and conservation of architecture, design, landscapes and urbanism worldwide. SAH serves a network of local, national and international institutions and individuals who, by profession or interest, focus on the built environment and its role in shaping contemporary life. SAH promotes meaningful public engagement with the history of the built environment through advocacy efforts, print and online publications, and local, national and international programs.
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