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Annual Gala


Save the date for the Museum's presenation of the 2017 Honor Award on Tuesday, May 16.

Celebrating Brookfield Properties and the National Endowment for the Arts for their profound commitment and lasting contributions to public art, community building, and creative place-making. We warmly invite you to join these valued national leaders in celebrating places whose distinctive identities make them memorable, lasting, and cherished.

The Museum will also be paying special tribute to Richard Anderson, former president of the New York Building Congress and Paula Poundstone of NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" will be returning to once again be our special guest emcee for the evening. 

It promises to be a lively, witty, and wonderfully enjoyable event. 

6:30 pm  Garden Party Cocktail Reception
8:00 pm  Dinner and Award Program
9:00 pm  After Party

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For more information about the Gala and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Tasha Ferguson, deputy vice president of development by email or 202.272.2448.

Media Sponsor:
Washingtonian 2016 Gala Sponsor

Since 1986, the National Building Museum has presented its Honor Award to leaders who shaped America’s heritage, defined its culture, developed its communities, and crafted its built environment. Individually, they advanced the building arts and sciences. Collectively, their legacy is profound. 

Each year’s celebration brings together the full spectrum of those in the building industry as well as cultural, corporate, and political leaders from around the country and raises critical support for the Museum's acclaimed exhibitions, youth education initiatives, public programs and family festivals. This gala is the Museum's largest fundraiser of the year  and a celebration not only of the Honor Award recipients' accomplishments, but also of the Museum's unique educational mission.

Past Recipients

2016 CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees
2015 The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and
Capital Bikeshare
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

A Salute to Civic Innovators:
Perkins + Will
U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village
Majora Carter

2009 A Salute to Visionaries in Sustainability:
U.S. Green Building Council
City of Chicago
United Technologies Corporation
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

Past Programs

      Urban Land Institute
March 15, 2012

      Celebrating our Past, Building our Future
May 17, 2011

      A Salute to Civic Innovators
May 11, 2010

      Visionaries in Sustainability
June 4, 2009