Philip Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP; Roger Boothe, AIA; and Donald Stastny, FAIA, have been honored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) with the 2009 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture. The award recognizes excellence in three categories of architectural advocacy and achievement: private-sector architects, public-sector architects, and public officials or other individual advocates.

  • Private-sector award: The recipient of the 2009 award for private-sector architects, Philip Freelon is the founder of the Durham, N.C.-based architecture firm The Freelon Group. The firm focuses on college/university, transportation/aviation, and museum/cultural projects, and has completed several major museum projects in Baltimore and San Francisco, as well as facilities for several universities. The Smithsonian Institution selected The Freelon Group to lead the pre-design and programming team for the planned National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

  • Public-sector award: Roger Boothe, the 30-year director of urban design of the Community Planning Division of the Cambridge Community Development department in Cambridge, Mass., is the recipient of the 2009 award for public-sector architects. Nominated by the Boston Society of Architects, Boothe's roles through the years have included designer, critic, facilitator, and adviser. He envisioned and implemented a citywide plan and set of urban design guidelines that steered Cambridge through major transformations, including the development of more than 20 million square feet within the city.

  • Public officials/other individuals award: Founder and CEO of StastnyBrun Architects in Portland, Ore., Donald Stastny is the recipient of the 2009 award for public officials/other individual advocates. For more than 40 years, Stastny has worked as an architect and urban designer, planning and designing a diverse range of projects and working nationally and internationally with a variety of groups. According to the AIA, he elevates the public's understanding and expectations of architecture through his comprehensive and strategic use of design. Stastny has developed numerous processes for competitions, commissions, and plans.