The National Building Museum presented its thirteenth Vincent Scully Prize to former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency William K. Reilly, for his lifetime work promoting sustainability and design. Under his leadership, the Environmental Protection Agency increased the national profile of environmental concerns. As president of the World Wildlife Fund, he helped to preserve open space and critical habitats across the world. And as a Presidentially-appointed member of the Presidio Trust, he worked to successfully transition this historic property into the urban fabric of San Francisco. In announcing his selection, members of the prize jury—jury chair David Schwarz, Deborah Berke, Ned Cramer, Gary Haney, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk—recognized his commitment to smart environmental planning, comprehensive land use, and preservation of open space.
A public award ceremony on November 8, 2011 celebrated Reilly’s receipt of the prize with over 250 attendees. During the presentation, Mr. Reilly gave an original presentation advocating a contemporary agenda for revitalizing older communities and building new ones while stressing the incorporation of sustainable practices in energy and climate readiness, the preservation of amenities and important landscapes, the integration of nature into community life, and the fostering of economic competitiveness and opportunity.
Learn more about the prize and find video of past award presentations on nbm.org.
The National Building Museum is grateful for the generous donations to the Vincent Scully Prize received since its inception, which sustain the program.