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 and distinguished members of related professions.

The 43rd Annual Arthur Ross Awards will take place on Monday, May 13th.

Tickets are sold out. Please contact [email protected] to be added to the waitlist.

View a complete list of past Arthur Ross Awardees.

Thank you to our Co-Chairs:
Gilbert P. Schafer III
Bunny Williams

Thank you to our jury:
Melissa DelVecchio, Chair
Aimee Buccellato
Whitley Esteban
Alexa Hampton
Marieanne Khoury-Vogt
Deborah Nevins
Anne Walker

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

S. Donadic Inc. Construction Management

Janet C. Ross
John F. W. Rogers
Steven W. Spandle Architect, LLC
Tischler und Sohn USA Ltd.
Zepsa Industries

Appleton Partners LLP
Bulley & Andrews
Clark Construction Corp
Cullman & Kravis Associates
Curtis & Windham Architects
DMG Architectural Specialists
Ferguson & Shamamian Architects
Hart Howerton
Highline Construction Group
Hollander Design | Landscape Architects
ICAA Chicago-Midwest Chapter
ICAA Florida Chapter
ICAA Southeast Chapter
Markham Roberts Inc.
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Reilly Architectural
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Schafer Buccellato Architects & Williams Lawrence
Seabreeze Building
Sea-Dar Construction
Thomas Lloyd
Wade Weissmann Architecture
Yellow House Architects PLLC

Award categories
Artisanship · Craftsmanship
Community Design · Civic Design · City Planning
Fine Arts: Painting · Sculpture · Mural Design · Rendering · Photography
History · Journalism · Criticism · Writing · Editing · Publishing
Interior Design
Landscape Design · Gardening
Winners from
Khoury Vogt Architects, Alys Beach, FL
Cullman & Kravis Associates, New York, NY
Interior Design
Wirtz International nv, Schoten, BE
Landscape Architecture
Wendy Artin, Rome, IT
Fine Arts
Witold Rybczynski, Philadelphia, PA
Michael Dennis, Boston, MA
Appleton Partners LLP, Santa Monica & Santa Barbara, CA
John Danzer / Munder-Skiles, Garrison, NY
Artisanship & Craftsmanship
Suzanne Rheinstein & Associates, Los Angeles, CA
Interior Design
Arne Maynard Garden Design, Wales, UK
Landscape Design & Gardening
Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor, London, UK
Barry Bergdoll, New York, NY
History & Writing
Raymond L. Gindroz, Norfolk, VA
Board of Directors Honor
Skurman Architects, San Francisco, CA
Hyde Park Mouldings, Hauppauge, NY
Artisanship & Craftsmanship
Bob Christian Decorative Art, Savannah, GA
Fine Arts
Hollander Design Landscape Architects, New York, NY
Charles Miers & Rizzoli New York, New York, NY
John F.W. Rogers, Washington, DC
Michael Lykoudis, FAIA, Notre Dame, IN
Board of Directors Honor
G. P. Schafer Architect, New York, NY
W.P. Sullivan, New York, NY
Artisanship & Craftsmanship
Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh, PA
Community Design & City Planning
Julian Fellowes, United Kingdom
Fine Arts
Anthony Baus, New York, NY
Fine Arts - Painting
Professor James Stevens Curl, United Kingdom
History & Writing
Jaquelin T. Robertson, New York, NY
Board of Directors Award
Craig Hamilton, Radnorshire, United Kingdom
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Miami, FL
Stuart Cohen, Chicago, IL
History & Writing
Michael S. Smith, Santa Monica, CA
Interior Design
Doyle Herman Design Associates, Greenwich, CT
Landscape Design
Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, Co-Presidents of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation, New York, NY
Peter Pennoyer and Peter Pennoyer Architects, New York, NY
Carl Laubin, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Fine Arts
John Saladino, Montecito, CA and New York, NY
Interior Design
John H. Bryan, Lake Bluff, IL
Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press, New York, NY
Thomas Gordon Smith, South Bend, IN
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 
Robert A.M. Stern, New York, NY
Anne Day, Salisbury, CT
Fine Arts/Photography
Ciudad Cayalá and Estudio Urbano, Guatemala
Civic Design
Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design 
Stewardship/Good Manners
ADAM Architecture, London and Winchester, United Kingdom
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
David M. Schwarz Architects, Washington, DC
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
Stewardship/Good Manners
Edward J. Fraughton, South Jordan, UT
Fine Arts/Sculpture
Dennis Collier, Bangor, PA
Stephen Fox, Houston, TX
Fairfax & Sammons Architects, New York, NY
Thomas Jayne, New York, NY
Interior Design
Timothy Richards, Bath, England
Miriam Ellner, New York, NY
Richard Cameron, Brooklyn, NY
Board of Directors Honor
Jonathan Nelson, Providence, RI

Castro Atrium (Photo Credit: Jack Gardner)

Georgian-Style Home (Photo Credit: Eric Piasecki)

National Archeological Museum (Image: Filippo Bolognese)


Witold Rybczynski (Photo Credit: Steve Legato)

Temples & Towns (Image: ORO Editions)

Florestal (Photo Credit: Alexander Vertikoff)

Almodington Four Panel Bench Painted Essex Green (Photo Credit: John Danzer)

Montecito Interior (Photo Credit: Pieter Estersohn)

East Hampton (Photo Credit: William Collinson)

Fragments; Student Work (Photo Credit Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor)

Barry Bergdoll (Photo Credit: Robin Holland)

Raymond L. Gindroz (Photo Credit: Raymond Gindroz)

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

Timothy Richards

Miriam Ellner

Richard Cameron

Jonathan Nelson

Awards Ceremony & Submissions


Submissions for the 43rd Annual Arthur Ross Awards are now open! Please note that the submission deadline is Friday, December 15th.

The ICAA requests that all submissions be sent electronically. Submissions from individuals, firms, institutions, and organizations are accepted. If you would like to nominate another person or organization, please send the nominee's name to [email protected].

The 43rd Annual Arthur Ross Awards will be held on Monday, May 13th.


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:

  • A letter describing why the nominee should be considered for the award (up to 1 page, written either by the Nominator or by the Nominee).
  • A company or individual profile (up to 1 page) if appropriate.
  • Contact information - including email address and preferred phone number.
  • 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.

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.