His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
November 3, 2005
The National Building Museum presented its fifth Vincent Scully Prize to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on Thursday, November 3, 2005 in a ceremony in the Museum's Great Hall. The award recognized The Prince’s long-standing interest in the built environment and commitment to creating urban areas with human scale. The ceremony was part of the first official visit to the U.S. by both Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall and the mid-day event included a talk by His Royal Highness. The ceremony also included a tribute by former Scully Prize winner Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and the presentation of the Prize by Vincent Scully.
In celebration of the Prize event, the National Building Museum opened two public exhibitions organized by The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment and The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts: Civitas: Traditional Urbanism in Contemporary Practice and A Building Tradition: The Work of the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
The Prince of Wales and the Built Environment
The Prince of Wales has long had an interest in the built environment and how it affects the quality of people’s lives. Looking to the future, His Royal Highness believes more should be done to create urban areas with human scale that encourage a sense of community and pride of place, thereby helping alleviate problems such as vandalism and social exclusion. In respecting the past, His Royal Highness strongly supports the recovery and redevelopment of abandoned or neglected buildings to save them for posterity and to help promote regeneration for commercial and residential use.
In addition to advocacy, The Prince of Wales has established three charities that support work related to the built environment. The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment seeks to improve the quality of people’s lives by teaching and practicing a timeless way of building. It does this through work on live projects throughout the United Kingdom, and through an educational program focused on building the interdisciplinary skills needed to make better towns and cities. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust promotes the rescue and regeneration of redundant buildings of historic and architectural importance. The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts aims to teach arts and crafts skills which have profound roots in all the major faith traditions. Its courses combine theory and practice. The School is also developing outreach and education programs for Muslim countries.
The National Building Museum is grateful for the generous donations to the Vincent Scully Prize received since its inception, which sustain the program.
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