Each year the National Building Museum recognizes exemplary achievements in the built environment with the Honor Award, the Vincent Scully Prize, and the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation.


Bestowed each year at our Spring Gala, the Honor Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our built heritage. Recipients are leaders who have defined our culture, developed our communities, and crafted our built environment. Individually, they have advanced our building arts and sciences. Collectively their legacy is profound.

On May 16, the National Building Museum will be honoring Brookfield Properties and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Past recipients:

2017Brookfield Properties and the National Endowment for the Arts
2016CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees
2015The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare
2014Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
2013Turner Construction Company
2012Urban Land Institute
2011Celebrating our Past, Building our Future
2010A Salute to Civic Innovators: Perkins + Will U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village Majora Carter
2009A Salute to Visionaries in Sustainability: U.S. Green Building Council City of Chicago United Technologies Corporation
2008The Associated General Contractors of America
2006Clark Construction Group, LLC
2005Forest City Enterprises
2004General Services Administration
2003Major League Baseball and The National Football League
2001Michael D. Eisner and The Walt Disney Company
2000Gerald D. Hines
1999Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III and The McGraw-Hill Companies
1998Stephen and Riley Bechtel and The Bechtel Group
1997Community Builders of Washington, D.C.: Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Charles A. Horsky, and Oliver T. Carr, Jr.
1996Cindy and Jay Pritzker
1995Lady Bird Johnson
1994James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae
1993J. Carter Brown
1992The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
1991The Rockefeller Family
1990IBM Corporation
1989Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1988James W. Rouse
1986J. Irwin Miller


The Vincent Scully Prize is named for the esteemed Yale professor whose teaching inspired so many individuals in the building fields. The prize recognizes excellence in practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design.

Past recipients:

2014Charlie Rose
2013Joshua David and Robert Hammond
2012Paul Goldberger
2011William K. Reilly
2010Adele Chatfield-Taylor
2009Christopher Alexander
2008Robert A. M. Stern
2007Richard Moe
2007Witold Rybczynski
2006Phyllis Lambert
2005His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
2005His Highness the Aga Kahn
2002Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
2001Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany
2000Jane Jacobs
1999Vincent Scully


The prize, named after the founder of Turner Construction Company, recognizes an invention, an innovative methodology, and/or exceptional leadership by an individual or team of individuals in construction technology including construction techniques, innovations and practices, project management, and engineering design. The Turner Construction Company established an endowment in 2001 to support the prize, which carries a cash award of $25,000.

Past recipients:

2015Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2014Department of Architecture Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University
2013Lean Construction Institute
2012Society of Women Engineers
2011Caterpillar, Inc.
2010Engineers without Borders
2008Charles H. Thornton
2007Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies
2006Dr. Paul Teicholz
2005U.S. Green Building Council
2004Charles A. DeBenedittis
2003I.M. Pei
2002Leslie E. Robertson