This award was given by the Jurors in recognition of outstanding achievements in the design stewardship of the public realm.

General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program

The U.S. General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program will be awarded a Special Commendation in the Corporate Achievement category. In 1961, Daniel Patrick Moynihan wrote “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture” as one page of a much larger report to President John F. Kennedy on federal office space. Although the principles influenced the creation of the General Services Administration, the organization has flourished in the last ten years with GSA leadership and the support of clients such as members of the Federal Judiciary and the private-sector design community. It has become the steward of many of our nation’s most valued architectural treasures, and the builder for the federal civilian government. The program has continued this tradition within a massive government agency, commissioning some of America’s leading architects, such as Richard Meier, Henry N. Cobb, Steven Davis, and Thom Mayne to design public buildings of lasting quality across the country.

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