Modernism Prize | 2014 World Monuments Fund / Preservation

Zonnestraal Sanatorium, Netherlands, 2010   Hizuchi Elementary School, Japan,  2012

Established in 2008, the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is awarded biennially for an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved or enhanced a modern landmark or group of landmarks.

The first of its kind, the award acknowledges the growing threats—neglect, deterioration, or even demolition—now facing significant works of modernism, and recognizes the architects and designers who help ensure their rejuvenation and long-term survival. Its purpose is to raise public awareness of the influential role modernism plays in our architectural heritage, and recognize modern buildings as sustainable structures with viable futures.

The prize is awarded in recognition of completed (built) work, and may be awarded for an individual project or a body of work. The award consists of $10,000 and a limited-edition Mies van der Rohe–designed Barcelona chair, created by Knoll in honor of the award. The prize is awarded to the designer, architect, or firm responsible for the work.

An independent jury comprising professionals from the fields of architecture, architectural conservation, journalism, and related fields selects the winner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and Acting Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art.


World Monuments Fund invites you to submit a nomination for the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. The prize will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative solutions that preserved and saved a modern landmark at risk. Nominated projects must have been completed in the past five years.

The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize recognizes heroic efforts that preserve our modern heritage. Submissions for projects that have enhanced a site’s architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while also benefiting the community are encouraged.


  • A cash honorarium of $10,000;
  • A Knoll® Barcelona® Chair;
  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations in New York City to attend an awards dinner and present the project at a lecture at The Museum of Modern Art;
  • Media promotion of the winning project by the WMF communications department.

Electronic submissions are encouraged and should be made to Printed materials may be mailed to the address at the bottom of this form. There is no application fee.

Please include the following information in your email:

  • The name of the site and its location (city, state/region, country);
  • A narrative description (up to 500 words) of the preservation project, the modern landmark’s significance, and the threats it faced;
  • Six photos of the structure (three before and three following completion of the project), if available;
  • The name and contact information of the design professional or firm responsible for the project;
  • Your name and email address.

We welcome any other information that is relevant to the site, such as news articles, reviews, or links. In the event that you would like to nominate a project but do not have complete supporting materials, please provide us with as much basic information as you can.


An independent jury of architectural scholars, conservators, and professionals in related fields will select the prizewinner. The jury is chaired by Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University and MoMA. Other jury members are: Jean-Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Kenneth Frampton, Columbia University; Susan MacDonald, The Getty Conservation Institute; Dietrich Neumann, Brown University; Theo Prudon, Prudon & Partners LLP; and Karen Stein, writer, editor, and architectural consultant.

Please share this call for nominations with your colleagues. For more information about the World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, including previous recipients, visit

We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Henry Tzu Ng
Executive Vice President

World Monuments Fund

350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2412
New York, NY 10118
Attn: World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

Knoll is the founding sponsor of Modernism at Risk.

ADGB Trade School, Germany, 2008

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