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 and distinguished members of related professions.
View a complete list of past Arthur Ross Awardees.
Pedimented Doric Archway (Image: Mark Darley)
Decorative plaster coffered ceiling at a residential project in San Antonio by Michael G. Imber Architect (Image: Adrian Taylor)
Landscape with Shell (Image: Joseph Byrd & Associates Inc.)
English Country House (Image: Hollander Design)
Charles Miers (Image: Christophe von Hohenberg)
John F.W. Rogers
Michael Lykoudis (Image: Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)
Exterior of a New Bath House in Gloucestershire (Image Credit: Paul Highnam)
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (Courtesy of Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk)
Cover of Inventing the New American House: Howard Van Doren Shaw, Architect by Stuart Cohen
Michael S. Smith (Photo Credit: Weston Wells)
Garden by Doyle Herman Design Associates (Photo Credit: Neil Landino Jr.)
Exterior of Millford (Courtesy of CAHPT. Photo Credit: Bruce Schwarz)
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
Submissions for the 41st Annual Arthur Ross Awards are being accepted through January 31st, 2022.
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. Nominees may be nominated by another individual or firm or may nominate themselves.
Each entry must be a single PDF file sent to [email protected]. Entries may be sent via Dropbox, WeTransfer, or by other electronic means. All submissions must include the following:
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.