Award is presented to an individual, organization, or project.
2019 The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, NAC, CCM, LEED AP
On February 24, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Stephen T. Ayers to serve as the 11th Architect of the Capitol. On May 12, 2010, the United States Senate, by unanimous consent, confirmed Ayers, and on May 13, 2010, the President officially appointed Ayers to a 10-year term as Architect of the Capitol.
Ayers was responsible for facilities maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, the care and improvement of more than 570 acres of grounds and the operation and maintenance of 18.6 million square feet of buildings, including the House and Senate Congressional office buildings, Capitol Visitor Center, Library of Congress buildings, U.S. Supreme Court Building, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and other facilities. He was responsible for the care of all works of art in the Capitol under the direction of the Joint Committee on the Library and was responsible for the maintenance and restoration of murals, outdoor sculpture and other architectural elements throughout the Capitol complex. He also serves as Acting Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden and the National Garden.
As Architect of the Capitol, Ayers was a member of the Capitol Police Board and Congressional Accessibility Services Board, as well as an ex officio member of the United States Capitol Preservation Commission. Additionally, the Architect of the Capitol is a member of the District of Columbia Zoning Commission, President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, National Capital Memorial Commission, Art Advisory Committee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and National Institute for Conservation of Cultural Property.
Under Ayers' leadership, the Architect of the Capitol reduced carbon emissions, improved energy efficiency and implemented sustainable design practices throughout the Capitol complex. Ayers was also committed to supporting small businesses to help facilitate competition and support local communities and has implemented several programs to actively award contracts to companies that reflect the diversity of our country. The Architect of the Capitol has approximately 2,300 employees and an annual budget of more than $730 million.
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