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For Immediate Release: May 3, 2010
Media Contact: Marketing and Communication Department

The National Building Museum Honors ‘Civic Innovators’

Multidisciplinary Design Firm Perkins+Will; The Founders of New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village—Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate; and The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon to receive 24th Honor Award on May 11, 2010


WHAT 
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: multidisciplinary design 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 Solar Decathlon.

The National Building Museum’s 2010 Honor Award recognizes leadership in civic innovation—the ability to conquer societal challenges through creative thinking and inventive design. The Museum will recognize this select group of leaders for their remarkable civic and social contributions to our built environment.

Architecture 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.

The 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 U.S. Department of Energy 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.

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 National Building Museum in 1986 to recognize achievements in our nation’s building heritage and to highlight those devoted to quality in our built world.

WHEN  
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
VIP event begins at 6:00 pm, reception at 7:00 pm

MEDIA CONTACTS
Marketing and Communications Department, 202.272.2448, ext. 3458

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

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