The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named the recipients of the 2009 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement, which recognizes and encourages the distinguished achievements of individuals or organizations who have benefited or advanced the profession of architecture.
Peter Aaron, Esto Photographics: Photographer Peter Aaron is known for his original use of lighting, his cinematographer's sense of style, and his expertise in architectural photography to create striking images. He has adapted his film photography techniques to digital photography, enriching the new format with his mature sensibility and artistry.
Guy Nordenson, Princeton University: Guy Nordenson, professor of structural engineering and architecture at Princeton University, was nominated for his comprehension of social and cultural issues, as well as for his engineering expertise and his role as an educator. He is a lay member and secretary of the Public Design Commission of the City of New York and a faculty associate of Princeton University's Center for Human Values. In 2004, he received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for contributions to architecture by a non-architect. Nordenson also co-curated the MoMA exhibit Tall Buildings.
The Architecture Handbook: A collaboration of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Chicago Public Schools resulted in the Architecture Handbook: A Student Guide to Understanding Buildings, by Jennifer Masengarb and Krisann Rehbein, along with a CD and a teachers' edition. The resource emphasizes the application of technical drawing skills in exploring the built environment, not just developing those skills.
Metropolis: The publisher of Metropolis magazine and many books is being recognized for its breadth of design coverage, including professional architecture and design, landscape architecture, planning, technology, and graphic design. Also notable is the magazine's influence on the design-loving public, the profession, and manufacturers.
DOCOMOMO US: Dedicated to the conservation, documentation, and study of buildings, sites, landscapes, and neighborhoods of Modernism, DOCOMOMO US was nominated for its work in publicizing modern landmarks, documenting and archiving key works, and researching and disseminating the specialized techniques for preserving modern buildings.
Berkeley Prize: The Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley, administers the Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Architectural Design Excellence, a juried competition that awards about $10,000 each year to encourage and reward critical thinking and writing by architecture students.