National Building Museum announces 2019 Honor Awardees

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On May 29, JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative will be honored at annual gala

Photo by Yassine el Mansouri.


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum will present its Honor Award to JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative at its annual gala on Wednesday, May 29. Matt Kelly, CEO, JBG SMITH will accept the award on behalf of JBG SMITH, and Anthony Williams, CEO, Federal City Council will represent Washington Housing Initiative.

With a legacy of over 50 years that continues today, JBG SMITH has had a significant and positive impact on the Washington region’s built environment. Through its creativity, scale, and commitment to quality design, JBG SMITH is able to shape engaging places of enduring value and is a catalyst for innovative and engaging development, transforming the communities of our nation’s capital into better and more inspiring places.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from the National Building Museum,” said Matt Kelly, CEO, JBG SMITH. “Throughout our history, we have committed to being more than just building owners and made it our mission to create inspiring places that enhance communities and the environment in the D.C. region. We are further strengthening this focus through our next wave of development projects, and we are thrilled to be recognized for these efforts.”

Launched in 2018, the Washington Housing Initiative seeks to bring together private and philanthropic capital to preserve and create affordable housing for working families in rapidly changing communities. Focused on improving housing equity and believing that inclusive communities are the key to sustained economic growth and the vibrancy of the Washington Metropolitan area, Washington Housing Initiative is an innovative approach to an important societal issue that will have a profound impact in each community that they touch.

“Working families are integral to the D.C. region’s economic and social fabric,” said Chris Smith, chairman of the Washington Housing Conservancy. “The Washington Housing Initiative is working to create connected communities that help share benefits, prevent displacement and maintain affordability in ways that will have a lasting impact for generations to come. We commend the National Building Museum for their commitment to community development and we are honored to accept this award.”

This year’s gala includes a late-night after party, featuring live music, open bar, late night snacks, and dancing until midnight.

“We are thrilled to bestow this honor on two such deserving organizations,” said Chase W. Rynd, president and executive director. “JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative are working tirelessly to ensure that our region continues to be at the forefront of positive and progressive revitalization. We are looking forward to an evening that celebrates their contributions and future growth.”

Information about tickets and tables can be found here.

JBG SMITH is an S&P 400 company that owns, operates, invests in and develops assets concentrated in leading urban infill submarkets in and around Washington, D.C. Our mixed-use operating portfolio comprises approximately 19 million square feet of high-quality office, multifamily and retail assets, 98% at our share of which are Metro served. With a focus on placemaking, we drive synergies across the portfolio and create amenity-rich, walkable neighborhoods. JBG SMITH’s future development pipeline includes 19.6 million square feet of potential development density at our share. For additional information on JBG SMITH, please visit

The Washington Housing Initiative is a transformational, market-driven approach to marshal private and philanthropic capital for the preservation and creation of affordable workforce housing in communities through its two primary vehicles: the Impact Pool and the Washington Housing Conservancy. More information on Washington Housing Initiative can be found at

Photo by Yassine el Mansouri.

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 winners recipients include:

    • Madison Marquette and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
    • Brookfield Properties and the National Endowment for the Arts
    • CoStar Group, DAVIS Construction, and Casey Trees
    • The Rockefeller Foundation, STUDIOS Architecture, and Capital Bikeshare
    • Mrs. Laura Bush and the National Trust for Historic Preservation
    • Turner Construction Company
    • Urban Land Institute
    • Perkins + Will U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village Majora Carter
    • U.S. Green Building Council City of Chicago United Technologies Corporation
    • The Associated General Contractors of America
    • Related
    • Clark Construction Group, LLC
    • Forest City Enterprises
    • General Services Administration
    • Major League Baseball and The National Football League
    • DuPont
    • Michael D. Eisner and The Walt Disney Company
    • Gerald D. Hines
    • Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III and The McGraw-Hill Companies
    • Stephen and Riley Bechtel and The Bechtel Group
    • Community Builders of Washington, D.C.: Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Charles A. Horsky, and Oliver T. Carr, Jr.
    • Cindy and Jay Pritzker
    • Lady Bird Johnson
    • James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae
    • J. Carter Brown
    • The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
    • The Rockefeller Family
    • IBM Corporation
    • Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
    • James W. Rouse
    • J. Irwin Miller

Contact Emma Filar, or 202.272.2448, ext. 3458.

Photographs from previous galas as well as JBG SMITH projects are available here. Gala images by Yassine El Mansouri.

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