2017 Medalist

Peter Pennoyer

Peter Pennoyer is a passionate and dedicated advocate for the relevance of traditional and classical architecture in contemporary practice. Peter established his firm in 1990 and it has since grown to include four partners, fifty associates, and four interior designers. Peter has followed an unusual path in his career as an architect and historian. From his education at Columbia University in the early days of Post Modernism, to his first independent and modern commissions for the Warhol Factory and Keith Haring’s Pop Shop on Lafayette Street, Peter emerged with a conviction that his firm could serve as a laboratory for the practice of architecture inspired by history.  He has made the study of history the generating force of his firm and believes that by mastering the interpretation of architectural history, he and his colleagues design projects that are both modern and classical.

Through scholarship, education, and advocacy, Peter seeks to further enrich the discourse of architecture today. With his co-author, Anne Walker, he has written four award-winning monographs on architects of the first half of the 20st century: The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich, The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore, The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury, and New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross. Their lectures on their monographs, architectural history, and urban design have reached audiences across the country and abroad. In addition, Peter and Anne are adjunct professors in the Department of Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University where they teach a seminar that emphasizes the civic potential and understanding of architectural history in New York City.

Peter uses his scholarship and knowledge of New York City as a springboard to advocate for positions and designs he feels reflect the values of his firm. He actively participates in the civic dialogue among neighborhood groups, professionals, and government agencies, and takes positions for architecture that is contextual and respectful to the fabric of the city.

Previous Medalists

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