Adele Chatfield-Taylor, served as president of the American Academy in Rome from 1988 to 2013. In 2002, she was recognized by the president of Italy for “doing the unthinkable — making Rome more beautiful.” She played leading roles in the NYC Landmarks Preservation Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Columbia University and advised the architecture schools of Yale, Harvard, Princeton and others. Numerous societies have lauded her, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Building Museum and the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She is honored with the Simons Medal for her lifetime of work defending architectural beauty and supporting the fabric of communities in the United States and beyond. Every field she has touched, from criticism to education, from urban design to landscape architecture, has been enriched by her mind and spirit.