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.

Previous Medalists

Peter Pennoyer

Peter Pennoyer

2017

Peter Pennoyer is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the relevance of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary practice.Peter believes that his firm can serve as a laboratory for the practice of architecture inspired by history.

Robert A.M. Stern

Robert A.M. Stern

2016

Robert A.M. Stern is a practicing architect, teacher, and writer. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and received the AIA New York Chapter‘s Medal of Honor in 1984 and the Chapter’s President‘s Award in 2001.

Antoinette J. Lee

Antoinette J. Lee

2015

Dr. Lee is an independent historian who undertakes scholarly projects related to American architectural history and historic preservation, with a focus on government buildings.

Thomas Gordon Smith

Thomas Gordon Smith

2014

Thomas Gordon Smith is a leader in contemporary developments of classical architecture. His work is seen in numerous museum exhibitions and publications.

Richard Jenrette

Richard Jenrette

2014

Since the 1960s, Jenrette has bought and restored a series of significant historic American homes including Robert William Roper House in Charleston, SC and nearby Millford Plantation.

The Prince of Wales

The Prince of Wales

2013

Prince Charles has championed traditional urbanism, the need for human scale, and the restoration of historic buildings as a bridge between new development and sustainable design.

Allan Greenberg

Allan Greenberg

2013

Allan has an international reputation for combining contemporary construction techniques with the best architectural traditions to create solutions that are both timeless and technologically progressive.

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk

2012

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk is an architect and urban planner, with over thirty years of experience in a variety of projects at every scale, including regional plans, downtown revitalizations and streetscapes.

Andres Duany

Andres Duany

2012

Andrés Duany is an American architect, an urban planner, and a founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism. Duany was born in New York City but grew up in Cuba until 1960.

John Milner

John Milner

2011

John Milner honors the continuum of architecture by creating new buildings inspired by classic American and European traditions, and by preserving historic buildings which connect us to our unique and diverse cultural heritage.

Joe Riley

Joe Riley

2010

“As the mayor of Charleston, I keenly understand the importance of place to the citizens of our historic city. Historic preservation champions the places where people live, work, vacation and go about their everyday lives.” - Joe Riley