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2013 Arthur Ross Awards

The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) has announced the winners of the 2013 Arthur Ross Awards for excellence in preserving and advancing the Classical tradition. This year, honorees were named in the categories of architecture, artisanship, patronage, a board of directors honor and interior design.

More than 100 nominations were submitted to a jury chaired by Barbara Eberlain, principal of Eberlain Design Consultants, Ltd. and president of the ICAA Philadelphia Chapter. She was joined on the national jury by Robert Baird, Kate Brodsky, Melissa del Vecchio, Coby Everdell, John Margolis, Scott Merrill, Peter Pennoyer and Barbara Sallick.

“Our team marveled at the quality and breadth of the entries, which explored and expressed the ideals of Classicism in architecture, landscape architecture, craftsmanship, artisanship and, for the first time, interior design,” says Eberlain. “There were also important additions to our body of knowledge in history, research and publishing. We were particularly impressed by the notable accomplishments in stewardship and patronage; without these champions, our built environment would not enjoy such beauty and integrity.”

The awards will be presented on May 6 at the University Club in New York City. For more information, go to The 2013 winners are:

Fairfax & Sammons Architects of New York and Palm Beach was cited for its attention to architectural proportion. “Its partners are renowned for their aesthetic refinement in the design of timeless buildings,” states the ICAA.

Fairfax & Sammons Architects partners Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons. Photos: courtesy of Fairfax & Sammons Architects

Interior Design
Thomas Jayne of New York, NY, was awarded for his ability to draw upon the past to seek details to deepen and enliven interiors. His designs “exquisitely connect history and place.”

Thomas Jayne designed this room around an antique Axminster carpet; its strong colors anchor the furniture and counterbalance the muted colors of the upholstery and curtains. Portrait photo: Josh van Gelder. Project photo: Reto Halme

Miriam Ellner of New York, NY, was cited for her skills in the unique field of Verre Eglomisé. The ICAA noted that her mastery “adds depth and luster to great works of design, sustaining a rare skill of traditional ornament.”

Artisanship Miriam Ellner created these panels for a private library in New York City. The glass required multiple passes and was executed in 22-karat gold leaf, palladium leaf, lemon-gold leaf, red-gold leaf, mica powders and polychromes. Photos: courtesy of Miriam Ellner LLC

The ICAA cited Timothy Richards of Bath, England, for his plaster architectural models that have “advanced the genre of 18th-century art.” His work was noted as “a source of inspiration and delight.”

This plaster model of the Mansion House, one of the grandest surviving Georgian town palaces in London, was created by Timothy Richards in 2005. The building was constructed after the Great Fire of London and the First Lord Mayor took up residence in 1752. Photo: courtesy of Timothy Richards (W.W. Norton, 2011)

Board of Directors Honor
Richard Cameron of Brooklyn, NY, was awarded the Board of Directors Honor Award. He is the co-founder of the ICAA (then known as Institute of Classical Architecture), a teacher and founder of Atelier & Co. He is noted by the ICAA as, “a 21st century Beaux-Arts Atelier.”

Left: Richard Cameron with his daughter Oona. Photo: Jason Grimes

Right: Cameron’s firm Atelier was approached to enhance the exterior of the new Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village, New York City. A new street level façade was designed with large iron divided light windows, limestone carvings and urns alongside cobbled brick. Rendering: Irina Shumitskaya

Jonathan Nelson of Providence, RI, was recognized for his generosity and demanding standards for a new sports center at Brown University, which has renewed enthusiasm for traditional architecture in the campus community.

Jonathan Nelson is one of the patrons of the new 94,000-sq.ft. fitness center at Brown University. The project was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects and is targeting LEED Gold rating from the USGBC. Photo: Lucas Foglia

Speakers and Panelists

Robert Adam, architect, author and teacher, co-founder of ADAM Architecture

Thomas H. Beeby, architect, author and former dean of Yale’s School of Architecture

Barry Bergdoll, author, professor of architectural history at Columbia and the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA

Robert Campbell, Pulitzer prize winner, architecture critic for the Boston Globe and a graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

Judith DiMaio, dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology

John Morris Dixon, FAIA, chief editor of Progressive Architecture from 1975 to 1995

Andrés Duany, co-founder of the Congress for New Urbanism, principal of Duany Plater-Zyberk

Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor, the architecture program of the Georgia Institute of Technology

Paul Goldberger, architecture critic of The New York Times for 25 years during which time he won a Pulitzer Prize, currently with the New Yorker

Michael Graves, architect, author and Schirmer professor of architecture at Princeton; recipient of the 2012 Driehaus Prize

Sam Jacob, architect, designer, writer and critic, founding director of FAT

Charles Jencks, historian, theorist and architect and creator of the term Postmodernism

Richard John, historian, author and educator

Michael Lykoudis, dean of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture

Reinhold Martin, professor of architecture at Columbia University

Peter Pennoyer, chairman of the board, ICAA, and head of his
own practice

Emmaneul Petit, architect, writer and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture

Elizabeth Palter-Zyberk, co-founder of Duany Plater-Zyberk and of the Congress for the New Urbanism

Demetri Porphyrios, writer, teacher, historian, and founding principal of Porphyrios Associates

Nina Rappaport, architectural critic, curator and educator, director of publication for the Yale Schoolof Architecture

Jaquelin T. Robertson, founding principal of Cooper, Robertson & Partners, former dean of the University of the Virginia School
of Architecture

Witold Rybczynski, author on architecture, housing, technology, urban design and modern culture, professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts

Michelangelo Sabatino, associate professor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture of the University of Houston

Mildred F. Schmertz, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record, where she wrote and edited for 33 years

Denise Scott Brown, (appeared in a video), architect, theorist and planner, principal at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates

Vincent Scully, (appeared on video), Sterling professor emeritus of the History of Art at Yale

Thomas Gordon Smith, professor of architecture at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture, as former chair, he resurrected the study of Classical architecture; founder of his own practice; author

Daniel Solomon, director of his firm, co-founder of the Congress of
New Urbanism, professor of architecture at UC Berkeley

Suzanne Stephens, author, editor and critic

Robert A.M. Stern, founding partner of Robert A.M. Stern Architects, dean of the Yale School of Architecture

Martino Stierli, art historian and research fellow at the University of Basel

Charles Warren, architect and author, founder of his own practice in NYC

Gwendolyn Wright, historian, educator and writer, professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture; co-host of the PBS Series, History Detectives

Mark Wigley, dean of Columbia University’s School of Architecture

Tom Wolfe, author, journalist and essayist; author of From Bauhaus to Our House.



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