Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Modernism in America Awards

Docomomo US is pleased to announce the thirteen recipients of the 2018 Modernism in America Awards. These outstanding projects showcase the highest level of expertise and commitment to careful preservation methods while serving as strong testaments to the efficacy of grassroots efforts, and public and private partnerships. 


The projects recognized for the Modernism in America Awards highlight the diversity of significant modern buildings and sites – not just the iconic but also those that are regionally significant - and the increasing importance of regional forces and sensitive development. Hill College House, the George Kraigher House and other projects serve as pivotal examples of the importance of partnerships between owners, institutions, municipalities, architects and the community working together to save and reinvigorate threatened or outdated architecture. The projects highlight the highest level of restoration expertise and demonstrate creative and sensitive 21st century solutions. As modern architecture continues to face developmental pressures, demolition or insensitive restoration, it is paramount to recognize that these projects, like earlier architectural designs, can and must be preserved in meaningful and productive ways that enhance their presence and value in their respective communities.


Speaking on the projects recognized and impact of the Awards program Docomomo US president, Theodore Prudon noted, “By recognizing the important design and preservation work being done around the country that often is overlooked, the Modernism in America Awards program is bringing further awareness to the substantial contribution that preservation in general - and the postwar heritage in particular - makes to the economic and cultural life of our communities."

2018 Jury


The Modernism in America Awards jury is chaired by Aaron Betsky, President of the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

Architect Eric Keune is a design director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, and a trained architectural historian, author and artist. A student and teacher of Modernism, Eric’s design work is guided by three principles – the integration of architecture and landscape, advancing the science of tall buildings, and exploring the dialogue between structural and programmatic expression. Working in the modernist idiom with a focus on craft and excellence in making, his works address the context of contemporary visual arts and 21st century building technology.


Eric joined SOM in 1998, based in the firm’s San Francisco office for ten years before relocating to Chicago, where he leads projects across scales, both locally and globally. Eric’s recent work includes a new state-of-the-art training center for Swiss Pharmaceutical Company Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis, Indiana, and a 12-building campus for Roche in Suzhou, China. His 288-meter tall mixed use tower in Beijing, China World Trade Center, opened in October.


Eric has led two projects for the U.S. Department of State: an embassy in Beijing and a consulate in Guangzhou. As a part of a mandate to showcase contemporary American Art, Keune worked closely with the Department of State to feature work by artists Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Russell Crotty, Maya Lin, and Martin Puryear, many of which were created specifically for their unique locations. In the United States, Eric led the design of the North American headquarters for Kia Motors in Irvine, California, and the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.


Eric’s work has been published nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of more than 40 design awards, including a 2017 Architizer A+ Award for SOM’s proposed reuse of Bertrand Goldberg’s Elgin Laundry Building. Eric’s design for the Jinling Tower in Nanjing was exhibited at the 2006 Venice Biennale, and his work was featured in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial. Keune has taught design studios at the University of Tennessee, California College of Arts, Northwestern University, and IIT where he is an adjunct faculty member. He continues to research the history of the Modern movement, and serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of Docomomo US and on the Executive committee of the Glessner House Museum in Chicago. He is the author of Paffard Keating-Clay: Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s) (2006); and he curated a travelling exhibition of the same title. His most recent book, 100 Buildings, was co-authored by Thom Mayne and Val Warke.

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2018 Sponsors

Docomomo US would like to thank all who were sponsors of the 2018 Modernism in America Awards.


























Berglund Construction

Harboe Architects, PC

MacDonald & Mack Architects

Mills + Schnoering Architects, LLC

Prudon & Partners

Somerset Development

















Architectural Resources Group

BVH Architecture

Meredith and Michael Bzdak



EverGreene Architectural Arts

Keast & Hood

William Hinchliff

Lord, Aeck, Sargent, Inc.

Victoria Newhouse

Barry and Judith Solar

Switch Modern

Barbara Yanni









Late Modernist


AGW Communications

GF55 Partners/ Architects

k YODER design

The Lighting Practice




















The Modernism in America Awards is the only national program that celebrates the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively. The program seeks to advance those preservation efforts; to increase appreciation for the period and to raise awareness of the on-going threats against modern architecture and design while acknowledging the substantial contribution preservation in general and the postwar heritage in particular makes to the economic and cultural life of our communities.