Institute of Classical Architecture & Art

Awards & Prizes


2009 Arthur Ross Awards

The 2009 Arthur Ross Awards were sponsored by Zeluck Windows and Doors and underwritten in part by Bulgin & Associates, Inc., R.D. Rice Construction, and Uberto Construction.

About The 2009 Arthur Ross Awards

On May 4, The University Club was once again full with a celebratory crowd to congratulate the winners of the 2009 Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition. This year’s event was sponsored by Zeluck Windows and Doors and underwritten in part by R. D. Rice Construction, and Uberto Construction.

Over three hundred architects, designers, developers, contractors, artists, patrons and friends joined Arthur Ross’ wife, Janet Ross, graciously served as the Honorary Chair for the evening, with ICAA Trustee, Peter Pennoyer and his wife Katie Ridder serving as Dinner Co-chairs.

As chairman of the jury, Peter Pennoyer said, “The 2009 Arthur Ross Jury affirmed the vitality and importance of the classical paradigm in contemporary practice. In every category from patronage to architecture, the jury recognized a level of accomplishment that has achieved excellence today informed by the past. The roster of achievement was so extensive that more, many more, deserved awards. At the end of the jury’s deliberations, there was a palpable sense of excitement and optimism about the future of the classical tradition.”

Chosen from over 100 submissions in eleven categories, this year’s winners were selected by a jury chaired by Peter Pennoyer, architect, author, and ICAA trustee, along with Anne Fairfax, architect, author, and Chairman of the ICAA Board of Trustees; Marshall Allan, founder and managing partner of Somerset Partners and ICAA trustee; Chris Barrett, interior designer, KAA Design Group and former ICAA Southern California Chapter president; Rhett Butler, artisan and owner of E. R. Butler & Company; Michael Imber, architect and 2007 Arthur Ross Award recipient; Frances Schultz, journalist and author; Paul Whalen, architect and partner at Robert A. M. Stern Architects; Lloyd Zuckerberg, developer and preservationist. Ex officio participants included the volunteer jury coordinator, Philip Dodd, an ICAA Fellow, author, and architect in the Connecticut firm of Wadia Associates.

More than $275,000 was raised to further the educational programs of the Institute and thanks go to the evening’s gala sponsors and underwriters, and our loyal supporters for making the event such a success. ICAA President, Paul Gunther, said, “I am especially grateful to all those who joined us this year to salute a deserving new roster of Arthur Ross laureates. A challenging economy combined paradoxically with an unprecedented nationwide demand for our educational offerings means that such resources are more precious to us than ever before.”


John Milner Architects, Inc., Chadds Ford, PA

John Milner Architects, Inc. John D. Milner, FAIA established his architectural practice in 1968, specializing in the restoration of historic buildings and the design of new residences. In the decades that followed, he developed highly respected multi-disciplinary firms of architects, historians, archeologists, planners and conservators. Mary Werner DeNadai, FAIA joined John as his business partner in 1982. Their firm’s preservation work encompasses remarkably diverse projects: historic houses, churches, railroad stations, downtown residential and commercial districts and a variety of institutional and industrial buildings. Their residential designs are informed by their first hand experience, through restoration and research, with the styles, proportions and details of three centuries of American architecture. John Milner Architects, Inc. has offices in Chadds Ford and Philadelphia.

Complementing John Milner’s architectural practice is his long-held commitment to the education of young architects and historic preservationists. For the past thirty years, he has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, and has lectured at many other universities. Mary DeNadai’s dedication to public service is represented by her active membership on the Boards of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, AIA Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Chapters, Preservation Pennsylvania, and the National Historic Landmarks Committee of the National Park Service. In 2007 she was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve on a consultant team advising the Cuban Government on restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s house near Havana.

In 2006, John and Mary joined with John Carr to establish Milner + Carr Conservation, LLC, a Philadelphia-based firm specializing in the documentation, analysis, condition assessment, monitoring and treatment of historic buildings and objects.


Chris Pellettieri, New York, NY

Chris Pellettieri Chris Pellettieri is both a skilled craftsman and consummate artist, his original designs are combined with a commitment to flawless execution. He specializes in free-hand sculpture, decorative design, portraiture and lettering in both public and private settings. After receiving his BA in mathematics from NYU in 1989, he began training at the Artida Atelier in New York in Italian techniques of sculpture and casting, before becoming in an apprentice 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Much of his background is based on geometry which plays a major role in stonework, and he particularly appreciates the intellectual and physical challenges that stoneworking offers. He has numerous commissions for churches and individuals, and has taught workshops at The Museum of American Folk Art, the Cooper Hewitt and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.


Library of American Landscape History, Amherst, MA

Library of American Landscape History The Library of American Landscape History, a nonprofit organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts, was founded in 1992 to develop books and exhibitions about designed landscapes in North America. LALH books combine a range of disciplines—art and architectural history; social, economic, and political history; cultural geography; and horticultural studies. Their publications inspire stewardship by increasing public appreciation for historically significant landscapes and also by guiding preservationists whose work depends on gaining insight into the principles underlying the design of these places. Recent publications include the final volumes in the American Society of Landscape Architects Centennial Reprint Series, A Modern Arcadia by Susan L. Klaus, Mission 66 by Ethan Carr, Henry Shaw’s Victorian Landscapes by Carol Grove, and A Genius for Place by LALH founder and director, Robin Karson.

LALH books have been recognized with several awards that cite exemplary standards of scholarship, editing, and design. To broaden the impact of its publications, LALH also curates related touring exhibitions that feature specially commissioned as well as historical photographs.

Landscape Architecture

Perry Guillot, Southampton, New York

Perry Guillot Perry Guillot who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, founded his firm Perry Guillot, Inc., specializing in private residential landscapes in 1991. Mr. Guillot has designed gardens for private clients throughout the coastal northeast United States. Known for a picturesque, minimalist approach, his gardens are admired as explorations into the direct and inevitable placement of lush plantings. Mr. Guillot will often begin a project with the stated goal to relieve a garden from an overabundance of constructed elements and hard edges. These classically composed landscapes instead rely on an edited palette of plantings that become the raw materials used to mold a site into a harmonious place of purpose intended to further an awareness of the natural world. His work has been widely published in Architectural Digest, House & Garden, The New York Times, W, and Landscape Architecture. He is also the author of Privet Lives, An imaginary Tale of Southampton’s Iconic Shrub. Guillot lives and works in Southampton and New York City.


Robert and Daryl Davis, Seaside FL & San Francisco, CA

'Robert and Daryl Davis' TIME Magazine described the town of Seaside as “…the most astonishing design achievement of its era and one might hope, the most influential.”

Robert and Daryl Davis, the town founders of Seaside, were the first to develop land using principles which would later be dubbed “the New Urbanism,” and Seaside’s influence has revolutionized town planning in America. It reinvented the concept of a walkable town by creating a town center with entrepreneurial-based retail, a street network leading to the Gulf of Mexico, homes that addressed the street in an inviting manner and donated land for a middle school and community chapel. Robert Davis, a partner at Arcadia Land Company, is the developer and co-founder of Seaside, Florida, the first and most celebrated new urban community in the United States. He is a recipient of the Rome Prize, Florida’s Governor’s Award, and Coastal Living’s Conservation Award for Leadership. Davis received an MBA from Harvard University. Davis is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Daryl Davis graduated with a master’s degree in community counseling from the University of Miami. She founded Seaside’s retail development and now owns five thriving businesses that employ more than 50 devoted employees. She serves on the board of directors of The Seaside Institute, Seaside Community Foundation and the Community Performing Arts Center. She also co-founded The Seaside Pienza Institute.