Arthur Ross Awards

Established in 1982 by Classical America advocate, Arthur Ross (1910–2007), and its president, Henry Hope Reed (1916–2013), the Arthur Ross Awards were created to recognize and celebrate excellence in the classical tradition. From the beginning, the awards have recognized the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons, and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition. 
 
Past honorees for architecture have ranged from well-known practitioners such as Allan Greenberg, Peter Pennoyer Architects, and Quinlan Terry, to lesser known but no less accomplished ones such as A. Hayes Town and Harold H. Fisher. The awards have also recognized excellence in the work of artisans such as Historical Arts and Casting and Decorators Supply Company, painters such as Richard Piccolo and Edward Schmidt, sculptors such as Frederick Hart and Alexander Stoddart, and patrons such as Chauncey Stillman, the Citizens of Greater Kansas City, and H. R. H. The Prince of Wales. 
 
The awardees are chosen each year by a selection committee made up of members of the ICAA Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Fellows, and distinguished members of related professions.   

View a complete list of past Arthur Ross Awardees.

Award categories
Architecture
Artisanship · Craftsmanship
Community Design · Civic Design · City Planning
Education
Fine Arts: Painting · Sculpture · Mural Design · Rendering · Photography
History · Journalism · Criticism · Writing · Editing · Publishing
Interior Design
Landscape Design · Gardening
Patronage
Stewardship
Winners from
Peter Pennoyer and Peter Pennoyer Architects, New York, NY
Architecture
Carl Laubin, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Fine Arts
John Saladino, Montecito, CA and New York, NY
Interior Design
John H. Bryan, Lake Bluff, IL
Patronage
Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press, New York, NY
Publishing
Thomas Gordon Smith, South Bend, IN
Education
Stephen Byrns, Yonkers, NY
Stewardship/Good Manners
Norman Davenport Askins, Atlanta, GA
Board of Directors Honor
Duncan G. Stroik, South Bend, IN and Austin, TX 
Architecture
Robert A.M. Stern, New York, NY
Education
Anne Day, Salisbury, CT
Fine Arts/Photography
Ciudad Cayalá, Guatemala
Civic Design
Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design 
Stewardship/Good Manners
ADAM Architecture, London and Winchester, United Kingdom
Architecture
Moule & Polyzoides, Pasadena, CA
Community Design
Merchant Ivory Productions and James Ivory, New York, NY
Fine Arts
Léon Krier, Luxembourg
Board of Directors Honor
Elizabeth White and Samuel G. White, New York, NY
History/Writing/Publishing
David M. Schwarz Architects, Washington, DC
Architecture
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
Stewardship/Good Manners
Edward J. Fraughton, South Jordan, UT
Fine Arts/Sculpture
Dennis Collier, Bangor, PA
Artisanship
Stephen Fox, Houston, TX
History/Writing/Publishing
Fairfax & Sammons Architects, New York, NY
Architecture
Thomas Jayne, New York, NY
Interior Design
Timothy Richards, Bath, England
Artisanship
Miriam Ellner, New York, NY
Artisanship
Richard Cameron, Brooklyn, NY
Board of Directors Honor
Jonathan Nelson, Providence, RI
Patronage

House In Millbrook, Peter Pennoyer Architects (Image: Eric Piasecki)

Befreiungshalle, Carl Laubin, 110x190 cm, oil on canvas, 2016

Interior Of A Private Home, John Saladino

Crab Tree Farm, the home of John H. Bryan

Edifices De Rome Moderne, by Paul Letarouilly, published by the Princeton Architectural Press

American Wing Classical Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Thomas Gordon Smith

Walled Garden at Untermyer Gardens; Untermyer Gardens Conservancy was founded by Stephen Byrns in 2011

An Upward Sweeping Staircase designed by Norman Davenport Askins (Image: Emily Followill)

Thomas Aquinas College Chapel, Duncan G. Stroik (Image: Stephen Schafer)

Robert A.M. Stern

Cover Image by Anne Day for The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Paseo Cayalá at Ciudad Cayalá (Image: Vicente Aguirre)

Eckburg Hall at Savannah College of Art and Design

Country House in Hampshire, Adam Architecture

Playhouse Plaza, Moule & Polyzoides

Wilbury House as depicted in Maurice by Merchant Ivory Productions

Sketch by Léon Krier

The Houses of McKim, Mead & White

Alpharetta City Hall, David M. Schwarz Architects (Image: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing)

Our Lady of Mercy Chapel, Salve Regina University

Edward J. Fraughton

Acanthus Whorls, Dennis Collier

The Country Houses of John F. Staub by Stephen Fox

Architecture by Fairfax & Sammons Architects

Interior by Thomas Jayne

Timothy Richards

Miriam Ellner

Richard Cameron

Jonathan Nelson

Deadline & Submissions
Submissions
December 29, 2017

Please note that the deadline for submissions to the 2018 Arthur Ross Awards is Friday, December 29. Digital submissions are strongly encouraged; however, submitters who feel that a nominee’s work will be best represented by submitting a hardcopy portfolio may do so.

Hard copy entries may be sent to:

ARTHUR ROSS AWARDS 2018
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
20 West 44th Street, Suite 310
New York, NY 10036

Should you have any questions, please contact Mimi Bradley at 212-730-9646 ×102 or mbradley@classicist.org.

Criteria

The awards honor lifetime achievement, a career, or a body of work. The exceptions are for the categories of “Patronage” and “Stewardship” where single works may be honored.

In Fine Arts, the body of work should have been created in association with architectural projects, be related to design and placemaking, or be a depiction of the built environment.

Lastly, please note that awards are not given in every category every year; however, by tradition, an award in the architecture category is made every year.

Nominees may be an individual, firm, institution, or organization in the United States or from abroad.

Format 

Each entry must be a single PDF file sent to RossAwards@classicist.org. Entries may be sent via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or by other electronic means. If the nominator feels strongly that a hard copy portfolio is the best representation of a nominee’s work, this may be submitted to the Institute with a postmark by the submission deadline. All submissions – digital or hard copy – must include the following:

  • A letter describing why the nominee should be considered for the award (up to 1 page).  
  • A company or individual profile (up to 1 page) if appropriate.  
  • One page with visual highlights (e.g. drawings, plans, photographs, etc.). For example, view a sample page with image highlights. 
  • Up to 25 additional pages of images may be submitted. A page may be a composite of images or a single image. Drawings and plans are encouraged, in addition to photography. The portfolio should also include captions and/or descriptions of the work being shown. 
  • Nominations in the category of History / Journalism / Criticism / Writing / Editing / Publishing may include a portfolio with photographs, publications, clippings, research projects, and any relevant material. Submissions in this category should also include excerpts of work. This should comprise up to four (4) excerpts of no more than ten (10) pages per excerpt.  
  • Submissions may be in landscape or portrait format.  
  • Up to three (3) published books may be submitted as supporting material to the above. All books submitted will be considered, as per protocol, gifts to the ICAA library for use by our students, staff, and members and will not be returned. If you previously submitted books that are now part of the ICAA library, please note which three you would like the jury to review as part of your updated submission.


Return of Materials 

If you have submitted hard copy materials, you may arrange to pick them up from the Institute offices. All materials must be picked up by March 1, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: May I nominate myself for an award?  A: Yes, self-nominations are accepted.

Q: I’ve previously been awarded an Arthur Ross Award. May I submit again?  A: Previous winners of the Arthur Ross Award may not submit or be nominated in the same category for which they have previously received an award; they may, however, submit in another category, if appropriate.

Q: May posthumous nominations be made?  A: No, the committee does not accept posthumous nominations.

Q: Are undergraduate or students eligible to submit or be nominated?  A: Many of the ICAA regional awards honor student work. Please consult the ICAA's list of regional awards.

Q: Must nominees be a certain age or be at a particular place in their career to be considered for an award?  A: The Arthur Ross Awards honor lifetime achievement, one’s career, one’s body of work. Candidates tend to not be at the very beginning of their career. However, in the past, juries have awarded younger candidates who have a considerable and impressive volume of work.