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.


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

Elizabeth Meyer, FASLA
Robert Campbell and Inga Saffron
Laurie Olin, FASLA
Joshua David and Robert Hammond
Paul Goldberger
William K. Reilly
Adele Chatfield-Taylor
Christopher Alexander
Robert A. M. Stern
Richard Moe
Witold Rybczynski
Phyllis Lambert
His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales
His Highness the Aga Kahn
Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Andres Duany
Jane Jacobs
Vincent Scully

2020 Annual Gala


Bestowed each year at our Annual 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.

Past Recipients

2019JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative
2018Madison Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
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 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

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Department of Architecture Engineering of the Pennsylvania State University
Lean Construction Institute
Society of Women Engineers
Caterpillar, Inc.
Engineers without Borders
Charles H. Thornton
Gehry Partners and Gehry Technologies
Dr. Paul Teicholz
U.S. Green Building Council
Charles A. DeBenedittis
I.M. Pei
Leslie E. Robertson