2023 Vitruvian Honors & Awards Program

Outstanding Facade Conservation Award

The Outstanding Facade Conservation Award is intended for a deserving facade system intervention in the general context of the following definitions adopted from the U.S. Department of the Interior:

Preservation focuses on the maintenance and repair of existing historic materials and retention of a property's form as it has evolved over time.

Rehabilitation acknowledges the need to alter or add to a historic property to meet continuing or changing uses while retaining the property's historic character.

Restoration depicts a property at a particular period of time in its history, while removing evidence of other periods.

Reconstruction re-creates vanished or non-surviving portions of a property for interpretive purposes.

The project can involve any one or more of these strategies, but it is important that the intended strategies and goals established by the design team for the facade system are explicitly described in the project submission. Submissions must specify a set of guidelines for the conservation of historic buildings relevant to the project (either local, national, or international guidelines), and clearly demonstrate conformance with those guidelines. Photo documentation of the before-and-after condition of the facade must also be included.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, submissions for the Outstanding Facade Heritage Conservation category will be evaluated in the overarching context of innovation and sustainability, which may include diverse considerations ranging from design concepts to project delivery strategies, supply chain management and lifecycle performance attributes.

The hierarchy of consideration for the Outstanding Facade Heritage Conservation award will be:

  • 10% — Clarity (narrative and graphic representation)
  • 75% — The degree to which explicit preservation-related goals established for the project by the design team are satisfied, along with considerations of durability, utility, beauty, innovation, and sustainability.
  • 15% — The extent to which collaboration and collaborative processes among the project team can be demonstrated to have played a definitive role in outstanding project outcomes.

Submission Requirements

Before beginning your submission, please review the following:

Submissions for this year's Vitruvian Honors & Awards has closed. Thank you for your nominations!