We should ask our architects that our buildings be not only of our time but of our place. – Albert Simons

Albert Simons (1890 – 1980), had an immensely influential sixty-year career as an architect and preservationist in Charleston, South Carolina, where he is best known for his extensive preservation work and architectural design. He played a key role in the Charleston Renaissance, wherein he would help create many nationally prominent preservation functions such as the zoning ordinance for the historic district, the first such ordinance in America, with municipal austerity, and the first Board of Architectural Review.

As a professor at the College of Charleston for over 20 years, he started the School of the Arts and is honored yearly through the Simons Medal of Excellence.

2018 Medalist

Photo by Ruta Elvikyte/courtesy of Charleston Magazine.

Martha A. Zierden

Martha Zierden is Curator of Historical Archaeology at The Charleston Museum, a position she has held since 1981. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology. She has conducted archaeological research and excavated numerous sites in Charleston and the surrounding lowcountry for three decades. This work has allowed her to explore the crevices and cracks, basements and backyards of many of Charleston’s most historic properties. She has collaborated with zooarchaeologist Elizabeth Reitz of University of Georgia to explore animal use and foodways in the city.

She is co-author of Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community, from University Press of Florida (2016). She has published articles in the journals Historical Archaeology and South Carolina Antiquities. Her research appears in edited books, including Another’s Country: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Cultural Interactions in the Southern Colonies (University of Alabama Press), Unlocking the Past: Celebrating Historical Archaeology in North America (University Press of Florida), and Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State (University of South Carolina Press). She received the Whitelaw Founders Award from Historic Charleston Foundation in 2006.

Ceremony

We welcome you to join us in honoring this year’s recipient of the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence. This evening gathering will feature an overview of the key projects that our honored medalist, Martha A. Zierden, contributed to the profession. She will give a short lecture. We will also enjoy time socializing over snacks and beverages.

The Award Ceremony will be held on 16 February 2018, at 6pm. The location will be at the Simons Recital Hall located in the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Phillips Street, Charleston, South Carolina. A reception will follow at the Hill Gallery at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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