During the 2009 National Preservation Conference in Nashville, Tenn., The National Trust for Historic Preservation bestowed its highest accolade—the Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award—on Vincent J. Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at Yale University and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami.

In presenting the award to Scully, the National Trust's president Richard Moe said "There is no candidate more worthy of the National Trust's highest honor for a lifetime achievement than Professor Vincent Scully ... Through his life's work, Vincent Scully has helped preserve the heritage of our nation."

A long-time, tireless advocate of preservation, Scully is a Trustee Emeritus of the National Trust, and has been on the front lines of the preservation movement, speaking against the policies and practices of urban renewal and condemning sprawl since the 1950s. In addition to authoring 20 books, Scully has guided the education of many of the leading art historians, artists, architects, preservationists, and critics in the United States over the past 61 years. He has been lauded with several awards and academic appointments, including the National Medal of Arts, and lends his name to a Yale School of Architecture professorship and the National Building Museum's annual award for exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism.

For more about the National Trust's 2009 National Preservation Awards, visit www.preservationnation.org/awards.