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WASHINGTON, D.C.–April 12, 2023—Today, the National Building Museum announced it will recognize Kohler Co. and its dynamic leader, the late Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. (1939-2022) as the recipient of the 2023 Honor Award at its annual Gala. The Honor Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to our built heritage and will take place at the Museum’s annual Gala on Wednesday, May 24.

Since its founding in 1873, Kohler has been making history with its bold designs and experiences, daring to imagine the impossible, and then ensuring that is achieved through its focus on a better planet, better communities, and better lives

Kohler’s 150th anniversary theme of “Come All Creators” is a yearlong celebration honoring the rich history of the company and its forward-thinking philosophies of innovation and sustainability which align with the Museum’s Institutional Pillars: Equity, Environment, Innovation, and Wonder.

“We are thrilled to present Kohler with the 36th annual Honor Award,” said Aileen Fuchs, President and Executive Director of the National Building Museum. “We couldn’t be more excited to pay homage to Kohler’s 150-year heritage and the truly remarkable legacy of Herb Kohler, a design icon, industry pioneer, and transformational leader whose contributions made Kohler an international success.”

“We are honored to be recognized by the National Building Museum,” commented David Kohler, Chair and CEO of Kohler Co. “It is especially meaningful during our company’s 150th anniversary as we historically have shared the same heritage and values surrounding the importance of design and preservation.”

“The National Building Museum’s focus on diversity, sustainability, workforce development, and accessibility to the arts, is the basis for a valuable partnership that can have impact well into the future,” added Laura Kohler, Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer at Kohler Co.

David Kohler and Laura Kohler will accept the Honor Award on behalf of Kohler during the Museum’s Gala on Wednesday, May 24. The Gala includes a cocktail party, seated dinner, award presentation, and a late-night after party. More information about sponsorships and tickets can be found here.

The Gala is sponsored in part by AARP, AECOM, Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Arup Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, Clark Construction Group, George S. Corey and Cynthia M. Krus, DAVIS Construction, DLR Group, Dow, DPR Construction, FIRST FORM, Gensler, Grunley Construction Company, Inc., Harvey | Harvey – Cleary, HITT Contracting, HOLCIM, Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust, International Masonry Institute and International Union of Bricklayers, Allied Craftworkers, Lutron, ODA, OLIN, Perkins + Will, Procore, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc., Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, STUDIOS Architecture, Turner Construction Company, Walker & Dunlop, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, WSP, ZGF, The American Institute of Architects, Blake Real Estate, Caterpillar, Inc., David M. Schwarz Architects, Hensel Phelps Construction Company, TLC Engineering Solutions, U.S. Green Building Council, Weller Development Partners, Brookfield Properties, Michael and Pamela Feigin, Greystar Real Estate Partners, Lehman Smith McLeish, National Association of Home Builders, National Housing Endowment, Home Builders Institute, Roadside Development, Toll Brothers, Inc., JBG SMITH, Glen-Gery, Kettler, Seneca Group, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates PC, Gilbane Building Company, Rockefeller Group, and 600 Fifth.

Design Foundry is an event partner.

Architecture Record, Engineering News Record, and Washingtonian are media sponsors.

IMAGES: Images for the Honor Award/Gala are available HERE.

National Building Museum: Karen Baratz,, 240.497.1811
KOHLER: Vicki Hafenstein,, 920.917.9419

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Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 40,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the design, innovation and manufacture of kitchen and bath products; luxury cabinetry, tile and lighting; engines, generators, and clean energy solutions; and owner/operator of two, five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland. Kohler’s Whistling Straits golf course hosted the 43rd Ryder Cup in 2021. The company also develops solutions to address pressing issues, such as clean water and sanitation, for underserved communities around the world to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations. For more details, please visit

Bestowed each year at the Museum’s 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 include:
• Arup
• Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
• JBG SMITH and Washington Housing Initiative
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Carter Brown
• The Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh
• The Rockefeller Family
• IBM Corporation
• Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
• James W. Rouse
• Irwin Miller