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2009 Arthur Ross Awards

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) has announced the 2009 Arthur Ross Awards for excellence in the classical tradition. They will be presented at the 28th annual dinner and ceremony on May 4, 2009 at the University Club in New York City. The awards program was launched in 1982 by Arthur Ross, chairman of Classical America at the time, and Henry Hope Reed, president of the organization.

This year's awards will be presented in the following five categories: architecture, artisanship, landscape design, publishing/history and patronage. The awards are given for a body of work, rather than for individual projects. Over the years, the awards program has recognized achievements of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons and others. Past honorees include architects such as Allan Greenberg, Quinlan Terry, John Simpson and Alvin Holm; artisans such as Historical Arts and Casting and Decorators Supply Corp. and others such as H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.

The 2009 winners were chosen from more than 100 submissions in 11 categories by a jury chaired by Peter Pennoyer, architect, author and ICA&CA trustee. Other jury members included Anne Fairfax, architect and chairman of the ICA&CA Board of Trustees; Marshall Allan, founder and managing partner of Somerset Partners and ICA&CA trustee; Chris Barrett, interior designer, KAA Design Group and former ICA&CA Southern California chapter president; Rhett Butler, artisan and owner of E.R. Butler & Co.; Michael Imber, architect and 2007 Arthur Ross Award recipient; Frances Schultz, journalist and author; Paul Whalen, architect and partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects; Lloyd Zuckerberg, developer and preservationist. The volunteer jury coordinator was Philip Dodd, an ICA&CA fellow, author and architect in the Connecticut firm of Wadia Associates.

"The 2009 Arthur Ross jury affirmed the vitality and importance of the classical paradigm in contemporary practice," said Pennoyer. "The winners' work in each category selected for 2009 reveals careers of steadfast excellence and rigor," added ICA&CA President Paul Gunther.

This year's awards dinner is sponsored by Zeluck Windows and Doors and is underwritten in part by Bulgin & Associates, Inc., R.D. Rice Construction and Uberto Construction. All proceeds will go to furthering the Institute's educational programs for architects and allied artisans. For more information, call the Institute at 212-730-9646, ext. 103, or email pwg@classicist.org or visit www.classicist.org.


ARCHITECTURE: John Milner Architects, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA
Founded in 1968, John D. Milner, FAIA's practice specializes in restoring historic buildings and designing new residences. The firm's work encompasses diverse projects such as historic houses, churches, railroad stations, downtown residential and commercial districts, and a variety of institutional and industrial buildings. He has also served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design for the past 30 years and has lectured at many other universities. His business partner, Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA, who joined the firm in 1982, is also dedicated to public service. She is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, AIA Pennsylvania and Philadelphia chapters, and the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service.


LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE: Perry Guillot, Southampton, NY
After receiving a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, Perry Guillot founded his firm, Perry Guillot, Inc., in 1991. Specializing in private residential landscapes, he is known for his picturesque, minimalist approach and his classically composed landscapes that rely on an edited palette of plantings designed to further a harmonious place of purpose and to create an awareness of the natural world. He has created gardens for clients throughout the coastal northeast U.S. and his work has been published in Architectural Digest, House & Garden, The New York Times, W and Landscape Architecture. He is also the author of Privet Lives, An Imaginary Tale of Southampton's Iconic Shrub.


PUBLISHING/HISTORY: Library of American Landscape History, Amherst, MA
Founded in 1992 to develop publications and exhibitions about designed landscapes in North America, The Library of American Landscape History (LALH) is a nonprofit organization based in Amherst, MA. Its projects encompass art and architectural history; social, economic and political history; cultural geography, and horticultural studies. Its work inspires stewardship by increasing public appreciation for historically significant landscapes. Recent books include the final volumes in the American Society of Landscape Architects Centennial Reprint Series, A Modern Arcadia by Susan L. Klaus, Mission 66 by Ethan Carr, Henry Shaw's Victorian Landscapes by Carol Grove, and A Genius for Place, by LALH founder and executive director Robin Karson.


ARTISANSHIP: Chris Pellettieri,

New York, NY
A skilled craftsman and artist, Chris Pellettieri specializes in freehand sculpture, decorative design, portraiture and lettering in both public and private settings. He received a BA in mathematics from NYU in 1989 and then began training at the Artida Atelier in New York, studying Italian techniques of sculpture and casting. In 1990 he became an apprentice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Pellettieri has taught workshops at The Museum of American Folk Art, the Cooper Hewitt, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and has also completed numerous commissions for churches and individuals. Pellettieri, who enjoys both the intellectual and physical challenges of stonework, notes that geometry plays a major role in his work.


PATRONAGE: Daryl and Robert Davis, Seaside, FL, and San Francisco, CA
Robert and Daryl Davis founded the town of Seaside, FL, described by Time Magazine as "the most astonishing design achievement of its era." Robert Davis, a partner at Arcadia Land Co., is the developer and co-founder of Seaside, FL. He is also a recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida's Governor's Award and Coastal Living's Conservation Award for Leadership. He received an MBA from Harvard University and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Daryl Davis founded Seaside's retail development and now owns five thriving businesses that employ more than 50 people. She serves on the board of directors of The Seaside Institute, Seaside Community Foundation, and the Community performing Arts Center. She also co-founded The Seaside Pienza Institute.  

 

 

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