September 14, 2015 10:46 ET

AIA|DC Announces Architectural Journalism Prize in Washington DC

The Sarah Booth Conroy Prize Rewards Journalists and Critics Who Write About the Design of DC's Urban Environment

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Sep 14, 2015) -  AIA|DC announces The Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism to reward reportorial or critical excellence in fostering a better public understanding of architecture and urbanism in Washington DC. 

"Washington DC is at or near the top in nearly every recent survey regarding growing cities, cities with improving quality of life and green architecture," remarked Mary Fitch, Executive Director, AIA|DC. "If other major metropolitan cities like Chicago or New York were enjoying similar improvements, they would be shouting it from rooftops."

This journalism prize funded by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) seeks to raise DC's status as a design city by rewarding journalists and critics who write about the design of DC's urban environment.


The annual prize amount shall be $5,000. If more than one prize, or different levels of the prize (such as Honorable Mention) are determined by the jury it is up to the jury to decide the prize money will be divided, if at all.

Deadline & Submission:

For submission information and to submit an application go to:

Applications must be received by December 31, 2015. 

About Sarah Booth Conroy:

Sarah Booth Conroy (1928 - 2009) wrote on architecture and city history for the Washington Post for more than 30 years. Mrs. Conroy was the first winner of the Glenn Brown Award, an award given by the Chapter and the Washington Architectural Foundation to an individual who has improved the quality of life in DC and raised awareness of architecture and its benefits to society.

About AIA|DC:
Founded in 1887, the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) serves the Nation's Capital. It advances the value of architecture for its members, the profession of architecture, and the community by providing advocacy, leadership and resources for architects to design a better world. AIA|DC was intimately involved in the design and planning of Washington, and continues to play an active role in city development today. For more information please visit

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