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2010 Honor Award: Salute to Civic Innovators

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010 the National Building Museum hosted the 2010 Honor Award: A Salute to Civic Innovators. Approximately 1,000 guests came together to celebrate the honorees, including Ambassador Fujisaki of Japan, Senator Mary Landrieu, Representative James Moran, Representative Charlie Melancon, Representative Steve Cohen, Chair Nancy Sutley of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, District of Columbia Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos, District of Columbia Councilmember Jack Evans, and distinguished guests from the U.S. Departments of State, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, Energy, the Office of Management and Budget, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Government of the District of Columbia. Guests were treated to a concert by several residents of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, who were joined on stage by Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis.

2010 Honor Award Recipients
Photo 1:  Michael Glosserman, Board Chair, Phil Harrison, CEO of Perkins+Will and Chase Rynd, Executive Director.  Photo 2:  Michael Glosserman, Jim Pate, Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, Harry Connick, Jr., and Chase Rynd.  Photo 3:  Chase Rynd, Under Secretary Kristina Johnson of the U.S. Department of Energy, Michael Glosserman. Photos by Paul Morigi

2010 Honor Award: A Salute to Civic InnovatorsAbout the 2010 Honor Award:  Civic Innovator Recipients


The interdisciplinary design practice Perkins+Will was celebrated for its legacy of socially-relevant design that has promoted human wellbeing over the course of the firm’s 75 year-history. Perkins+Will, one of the world’s largest design firms with 23 offices globally, has a remarkable portfolio of complex, high-performing institutional projects for civic, education, healthcare, government, and private-sector clients. Even though an international leader, the firm focuses on educating its professionals to design structures and built environments that harmonize locally—conserving resources and preserving local ecosystems, promoting the health of occupants, and unifying communities through design.

Guests enjoy dinner during the 2010 Honor Award: A Salute to Civic Innovators gala. Photo by Paul Morigi.
Guests enjoy dinner during the 2010 Honor Award: A Salute to Civic Innovators gala.
Photo by Paul Morigi.


The founders of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village—Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, Ann Marie Wilkins, and Jim Pate 
was 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 group’s leadership in restoring and revitalizing the Upper Ninth Ward has been a catalyst for additional community development in the neighborhood. The founders will be celebrated for their role in helping sustain local culture and inclusion of low-income populations that support a vibrant and successful city.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon was 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. Since 2001, the Solar Decathlon has increased public awareness and consumer interest in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Department of Energy and its Solar Decathlon have helped spur research and development through partnerships with leading educational institutions around the world.

Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, and residents of the Musicians' Village perform at the 2010 Honor Award. Photo by Paul Morigi.
Harry Connick, Jr., Branford Marsalis, and residents of the Musicians' Village perform at the 2010 Honor Award.
Photo by Paul Morigi.

The National Building Museum advances the quality of the built environment by educating the public about its impact on their lives.  In furtherance of that mission, the Museum instituted an annual Honor Award in 1986 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our nation’s building heritage.  

See a list of 2010 Honor Award Co-Chairs and Sponsors.

See a list of 2010 Honorary Committee members.

Learn more about the history of the National Building Museum’s Honor Award.