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Honor Award



The Museum created the Honor Award in 1986 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our nation’s building heritage. The Honor Award 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.

The list of honorees of this highly prestigious award demonstrates the scope of achievements recognized and the stature of the awardees.

2014 Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
2013 Turner Construction Company
2012 Urban Land Institute
2011 Celebrating our Past, Building our Future
2010 A Salute to Civic Innovators
2009 A Salute to Visionaries in Sustainability
2008 The Associated General Contractors of America
2007 Related
2006 Clark Construction Group, LLC
2005 Forest City Enterprises
2004 General Services Administration
2003 Major League Baseball and The National Football League
2002 DuPont
2001 Michael D. Eisner and The Walt Disney Company
2000 Gerald D. Hines
1999 Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III and The McGraw-Hill Companies
1998 Stephen and Riley Bechtel and The Bechtel Group
1997 Community Builders of Washington, D.C.:
Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Charles A. Horsky, and Oliver T. Carr, Jr.
1996 Cindy and Jay Pritzker
1995 Lady Bird Johnson
1994 James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae
1993 J. Carter Brown
1992 The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
1991 The Rockefeller Family
1990 IBM Corporation
1989 Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1988 James W. Rouse
1986 J. Irwin Miller

The Honor Award gala is always an exceptional evening drawing more than 1,000 cultural, political, and building industry leaders and raising more than $1 million in support of the Museum. The funds raised by the Honor Award help support the Museum's acclaimed exhibitions and education programs that reach over 475,000 visitors, plus more than a half-million site visits to www.nbm.org, who come to the Museum each year to learn more about the built environment—from architecture and engineering to planning and development. 

Past Programs




      Urban Land Institute
March 15, 2012
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      Celebrating our Past, Building our Future
May 17, 2011
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      A Salute to Civic Innovators
May 11, 2010
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      Visionaries in Sustainability
June 4, 2009
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