The National Building Museum promotes excellence in architecture, engineering, construction, planning, and design. In furtherance of that mission, the Museum instituted an annual Honor Award in 1986 to recognize individuals and organizations that have made important contributions to the U.S.'s building heritage. Recipients are selected from a wide variety of backgrounds to call attention to the many factors that determine the form and quality of the built world.
Past recipients include ex-First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, who was honored in 1995 for her lifetime leadership in beautification and conservation campaigns.Michael Eisner and The Walt Disney Company were honored in 2001 in recognition of their commitment to architecture, commissioning postmodernist architects such as Michael Graves, Robert A.M. Stern, Frank Gehry, and Arata Isozaki. In 2010, Perkins and Will became the first architecture firm ever to receive the prize for "designing buildings that promote the health of occupants, conserve resources, and unify communities," in the words of Museum executive director Chase W. Rynd.
The National Building Museum also bestows two other major awards: the Vincent Scully Prize to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design and the Henry C. Turner Prize for Innovation in Construction Technology.
|2011||"Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future: 25 Years of the Honor Award"|
|2010||"A Salute to Civic Innovators": Perkins + Will, the founders of New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon|
|2009||"A Salute to Visionaries in Sustainability": S. Richard Fedrizzi and the U.S. Green Building Council; Richard M. Daley and the City of Chicago; Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx; Louis R. Chênevert and United Technologies Corporation|
|2008||Associated General Contractors of America|
|2006||Clark Construction Group, LLC|
|2005||Forest City Enterprises|
|2004||General Services Administration|
|2003||Major League Baseball and the National Football League|
|2001||Michael Eisner and The Walt Disney Company|
|2000||Gerald D. Hines|
|1999||Harold McGraw, Jr., Harold McGraw III, and the McGraw-Hill Companies|
|1998||Stephen Bechtel, Jr., Riley P. Bechtel, and The Bechtel Group|
|1997||Community Builders of Washington, D.C.: Morris Cafritz, Charles E. Smith, Oliver T. Carr, jr., and Charles A. Horsky|
|1996||Cindy and Jay Pritzker|
|1995||Lady Bird Johnson|
|1994||James A. Johnson and Fannie Mae|
|1993||J. Carter Brown|
|1992||Civic Leadership of Greater Pittsburgh|
|1991||The Rockefeller Family|
|1989||Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan|
|1986||J. Irwin Miller|