The California Architectural Foundation (CAF) is proud to open registration for the 2012 Nathaniel A. Owings Award. This award recognizes projects by individuals or groups that demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the reconciliation of nature and the built environment.
The California Architectural Foundation, committed to advancing sustainable communities through research and education, initiated in 1990 the Nathaniel A. Owings Award to honor an American Institute of Architects Gold Medalist and key contributor to the development of mid-20th century modern architecture in the United States. Nathaniel Owings (1903-1984), a founding partner of the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM), was particularly concerned that man should live in harmony with nature and that he should build, in Owings’ own words, “in cooperation with nature—not against it.”
While the work recognized is not required to be a public project, it must respond or somehow contribute in a substantial way to the community in which it stands. It must demonstrate both thoughtful design and real sensitivity to the natural environment. Its scale should be significant enough to promote positive change. Tangible evidence of its impact must be provided, in the form of metrics met or other measurable indicators. Eligible projects include completed individual buildings or groups of buildings, sustainable designs, civic spaces, parks and natural environments. Implemented master plans and other forms of environmental design are welcomed as well. The award may honor a singular accomplishment or a series of contributions. Either the project should have been completed in California, or the work was completed by a professional based in California. Projects should have been completed within the last 5 years.
Registrations to enter the Nathaniel Owings Award competition should be completed online by Thursday, May 3, 2012. Submissions should follow the posted guidelines and should be uploaded online by Thursday, May 24, 2012.