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2007 Arthur Ross Awards


The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) has announced six winners of the 2007 Arthur Ross Awards for excellence in the Classical tradition. They were formally introduced at the annual dinner and ceremony on May 7 at the University Club in New York City.

More than 150 nominations were submitted for the 26th annual award program. The jury was chaired by Bunny Williams, designer and founder of Bunny Williams, Inc., of New York City. Other jurors included David Esterly, woodcarver and artist; Dominique Browning, journalist and author; Marc Appleton, architect; Anne Fairfax, architect and chairman of the ICA&CA; Carolyn S. Brody, city planner; Jeffrey L. Davis, founder of Chadsworth Columns, and Elizabeth Gerschel, author and philanthropist. Architect Phillip Dodd was the jury coordinator. The chairs of this year's Arthur Ross Awards were Bill and Deborah Harrison of Atlanta, GA. A co-founder of the Institute's Southeast chapter, Bill is the founder and president of Harrison Design Associates of Atlanta and Santa Barbara, CA.

The Arthur Ross Awards program encompasses 11 categories: architecture, artisanship, community design, education, history and publishing, landscape design, mural painting, patronage, rendering, sculpture and stewardship. This year the jury selected winners in five categories, plus a special award. They were: Michael G. Imber Architects for architecture; The Rambusch Company for artisanship; Peter Hodson for education; Acanthus Press for publishing; the World Monuments Fund for stewardship; and Robert A.M. Stern for his ongoing and far-reaching contributions to architecture, education and publishing.

"The jury had the privilege of discovering the work of a highly competitive, nationwide field of varied yet always accomplished practitioners, scholars, artists and many of those are at the frontlines of sustaining the Classical tradition today," says Williams.


Architecture: Michael G. Imber Architects, PLLC, San Antonio, TX
After apprenticing with various firms, including Allan Greenberg, Architect, LLC, in Washington, DC, Michael Imber returned to his native Texas in 1992. His nationally recognized practice is known for its expertise in traditional architecture, preservation and landscape design, and for the use of the languages of regional architecture. His work focuses on country houses and ranches in Texas, Colorado and California as well as on neighborhood design, civic buildings and churches.

Artisanship: The Rambusch Company, Jersey City, NJ
Designers, artisans and engineers from the The Rambusch Company have used their skills to enhance, decorate and preserve both secular and religious buildings since 1898. The fourth-generation family-run company has worked on projects such as Bertram Goodhue's St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City, the Sage Chapel at Cornell University and the restoration of the Tiffany windows at Columbia University in New York City.

Publishing: Acanthus Press, New York, NY
Books on architecture and design often overlooked by others are published by Acanthus Press. These books offer a combination of biographical information on architects, designers and their patrons, along with studies of their work, inspiration, execution and aesthetic impact. Topics ranging from Jansen furniture to Belle Epoque gardens to Art Deco skyscrapers have been published by Acanthus. The Urban and Suburban Domestic Architecture series, The Architecture of Leisure, The American Architect and 20th Century Decorators are a few of Acanthus' highly regarded publications.

Education: Peter Hodson, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Professor Hodson has been teaching the Classical orders at England's Portsmouth School of Architecture for more than 30 years, during a time when the language has been virtually abandoned by most other architecture schools. His courses on the history of Western architecture and the Classical language of design are well known, as are his projects at the Prince's Foundation at the Royal College of Art and a summer program in Richmond, VA. He also worked on the Robert Chitham book, The Classical Orders of Architecture.

Stewardship: World Monuments Fund, New York, NY
Since 1965, the WMF and its five overseas affiliates have stemmed the loss of historic structures at more than 450 sites in more than 80 countries. Some of its success stories include the vast temple complexes at Angkor Wat, the historic center of Mexico City and Nicholas Hawksmoor's St. George's Church in London. The organization's World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites is well known worldwide.

Board of Directors Honor: Robert A.M. Stern, New York, NY
For the first time, the ICA&CA Board of Directors has given an award outside of the customary Arthur Ross categories. Robert A.M. Stern, founding partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects of New York, NY, and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, was recognized for his "ongoing and far-reaching contributions in architecture, education and publishing." Stern has also recently published New York 2000: Architecture and Urbanism between the Bicentennial and the Millennium, the final volume of a five-part series.




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