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Awards and Honors

Award Nominations are Open April 4 Through May 31!

The purpose of NIBS' awards is to recognize those who have made significant contributions to influence positive change and greatly impact the built environment. We want to recognize and honor the key stakeholders in our industry. Please email Jennifer Hitzke,, with any questions or to submit your nominations form and supporting documents. Please note that self-nominations are not allowed.

Awards Nominations Form

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the organization, building community, and nation.

Below you can find information on the categories of NIBS Awards, guidelines for each, and past recipients.

Betty and Mort Marshall Memorial Scholarship

The establishment of this annual scholarship was made possible because of a generous endowment from Betty and Mort, a sponsorship from the National Institute of Building Sciences and contributions from friends, family and colleagues.

Applications are now open through May 2

In loving Memory of Betty & Mort Marshall, and in celebration of the distinguished career that Mort enjoyed with Betty’s support, a Memorial Scholarship has been established to promote diversity in the building sciences and benefit students pursuing a career in architecture and engineering at a Historically Black College or University.

For any questions about the scholarship, please contact


Trajan Baker
Architecture, Hampton University

Shergaun Roserie
Engineering, Howard University


Past Recipients 

Jenna Greer
Architecture, Howard University
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022

Tanaka Chakanyuka
Civil Engineering, Southern University
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2021

NIBS Distinguished Service Award 

To be awarded to an individual or organization member who has made a substantial contribution in support of the mission, goals, and objectives of NIBS. The Distinguished Service Award will honor the impact made to the entire building community on NIBS’ behalf. 

2021 John Messner

Exceptional Woman in Building Award

The Exceptional Woman in Building Award will recognize a dynamic and trailblazing woman, who has made outstanding contributions to the built environment. This award is in celebration of the industry’s remarkable female thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and champions of change. 

2021 Nancy Novak

Future Leaders Award

In today’s rapidly changing building industry, the opportunity is limitless. It’s time to recognize the next generation of leaders across the built environment. The Future Leaders Award recognizes an individual under the age of 35, whose innovative talent is driving the industry into the future.

2021 Amrinder Singh

The Mortimer M. Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award

The highest honor goes to someone who has demonstrated a lifetime of dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. Established in 2011 and named after the first member of NIBS, this award is bestowed upon those who exhibit the passion upon which NIBS was founded.

Award is presented to an individual, organization, or project.

2021 Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/CEO, American Institute of Architects

EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, announced May 3 that he plans to retire at the end of 2021 after a decade of service in the top spot of the American Institute of Architects.

A “renaissance man” with a broad range of interests and acumens, Ivy has distinguished himself as a master communicator using built form or English language: as an architect in his native Mississippi, as a book author (the authoritative biography Fay Jones: The Architecture of E. Fay Jones, FAIA), and later as Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record magazine. He also is distinguished as “Master Architect,” a title bestowed by the national architecture fraternity Alpha Rho Chi, for his effectiveness in communicating the value of design. He is one of seven architects, including I.M Pei, Mies van der Rohe, and Buckminster Fuller, to receive this honor in 100 years and the only 21st century recipient to date.

Ivy’s leadership of Architectural Record spanned 1996 – 2010, when he also served as vice president and editorial director of McGraw-Hill Construction Media. Over that time, he extended the magazine’s reach to China and strengthened its coverage of technology, practice and economic issues, and sustainability. Offices in New York’s midtown south rendered him close to the terrorist attacks of September 11, and his subsequent writings to a profession shaken to its core helped speed healing and rebuilding.

Ivy’s tenure as AIA EVP/CEO began in 2011 on the heels of the Great Recession, and over the past decade, he has restored financial health and expansion to the organization. As the tumult of past few years, as the pandemic, climate change and clamoring for resilience, civil unrest, and new awakenings to social inequity cause American society to take stock, Ivy steadfastly has led the AIA to rediscover and raise its voice. The decade of his leadership has seen the Institute’s membership rise to 95,000+, as more and more people in the building industry hear that voice and choose to be part of the optimism and solution that it proffers.

During his AIA tenure, Ivy has been a good and generous friend to NIBS, co-hosting the joint CEO Forums, supporting and sponsoring the establishment of the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK), and encouraging development of the Building Enclosure Councils nationwide network.

2020 The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, NAC, CCM, LEED AP

2018 Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA

2017 James T. Ryan, COB

2016 Gerald H. Jones, P.E.

2015 Emory R. Rodgers

2014 Earle Kennett

2013 Jimmy Wayne Sealy, FAIA

2012 Steven Hays, PE, CIH and FACEC

2011 Mortimer M. Marshall, FAIA, NOMAC

NIBS Innovator Award

NIBS champions those who push boundaries and are on the forefront of innovation. The NIBS Innovator Award recognizes an individual, organization, or project that has made groundbreaking advances and significant technological contributions to the built environment.

2021 Procore Technologies

NIBS DEI Leadership Award 

The statistics show that improvement is needed to increase representation across the built environment. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award seeks to honor champions of diversity and celebrate their exemplary leadership in advancing DEI in the building industry. This award will recognize corporations or associations for their positive impacts on the industry and the community as a whole, by increasing diversity in leadership roles and engaging in ongoing efforts that yield measurable change. 

2021 Structural Engineers Association of Northern California


Member Award

Awarded to a member or members of NIBS or affiliated councils who have made a substantial contribution in support of the mission, goals, and objectives of NIBS.

2018 Cheryl A. Smith, AIA, LEED-AP

2017 M. Dennis Knight, PE

2016 Ryan E. Smith

2015 International Code Council

2014 NIBS STEM Education BIM Development Team

2013 Martin Weiland, PE

2012 Thomas Gay

2011 Get Moy, PhD, PE

2010 William East

2009 Ronald Burton

2008 David Altenhofen, AIA

2007 Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA

2006 Wagdy A.Y. Anis, FAIA

2005 Jimmy Wayne Sealy, FAIA

2004 R. David Curfman, PE and Dennis Talton, RA

2003 Vijay K. Gupta, PE

2002 Paul K. Heilstedt, PE

2001 David B. Eakin, PE

2000 Herbert Yudenfriend

1998 Robert C. Gibson, P.E.

1997 Dana K. Smith, AIA

1996 David L. Ledvinka

1995 William B. King

1994 Jasper S. Hawkins, FAIA

1993 William Hoffman

Honor Award

To be awarded to an individual or organization that has made an exceptional contribution to the nation and the building community.

2018 Sponsors of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

2017 WBDG Whole Building Design Guide Advisory Committee

2016 National BIM Guide for Owners Committee

2015 Low Vision Design Committee (LVDC)

2014 Mohammed M. Ettouney, Sc.D PE

2013 Wagdy A.Y. Anis, FAIA

2012 FEMA/FIMA Hazard Reduction Program

2011 Michelle Fox, PhD

2010 Christopher Doyle

2009 Congressman Russ Carnahan

2008 Department of Veteran Affairs, Office of Construction and Facility Management

2007 U.S. General Services Administration/Public Buildings Capital Construction Programs

2006 Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

2005 James H. Turner, Jr.

2004 Dennis J. Hall, AIA FCSI

2003 The Infrastructure Security Partnership

2002 Rear Admiral Michael R. Johnson, CEC

2001 Charles Thornton, PhD, PE

2000 Gerald H. Jones, PE

1998 Institute for Business and Home Safety

1997 International Code Council and Office of the Secretary of Defense

1996 Robert M. Dillon, AIA, PE

1995 NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory

1994 Federal Emergency Management Agency

1993 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

President's Award

To be awarded to an individual or organization in recognition of extraordinary efforts to assist in advancing the mission of NIBS.

2018 Holly A. Velez

2017 Henry H. Chamberlain

2016 Honorable Alice C. Smith

2015 David S. Collins, FAIA, NCARB

2013 International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials

2012 The American Institute of Architects

2011 Mila Kennett

2010 Dennis Milsten

2009 Robert Kistler, AIA

2008 National Institute of Building Sciences Staff

2007 Get W. Moy, PhD, PE and Michael Pfeiffer, PE

2006 David R. Conover

2005 Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA

2004 Christopher E. Reseigh, PE

2003 Henry R. Sodano

2002 Lloyd H. Siegel, FAIA

2001 John B. Lyons

2000 Ezra Ehrenkrantz, FAIA

1998 Ernest William Brodt, Jr.

1997 Kenneth M. Schoonover, PE

1996 Marsha K. Mazz

1995 Richard H. Karney

1994 Ronald J. Morony, PE

1993 Ugo Morelli and Thomas V. Bee