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Awards and Honors

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.

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.

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2024 Recipients

Christin Williams
Florida A&M University

Damario Berry
Howard University

2023 Recipients

Evan Cage
Architecture, Morgan State University

Onye Andrus
Aerospace Science Engineering, Tuskegee University

Past Recipients

Jose Portillo
Civil Engineering, Tennessee State University

McKenzie Cleveland
Architecture, Hampton University

Trajan Baker
Architecture, Hampton University

Shergaun Roserie
Engineering, Howard University

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 honors the impact made to the entire building community on NIBS’ behalf.

Jim Cagley, Principal, Cagley & Associates

Dudley McFarquhar, PhD, PE
VP & Partner, Stone Building Solutions and President, McFarquhar Group Inc.

Bryan Koon
Vice President of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, IEM

John Messner

Exceptional Woman in Building Award

The Exceptional Woman in Building Award recognizes 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.

Amy Marks, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy, Symetri

Salla Eckhardt
Senior Vice President, OAC Services, Inc.

Cheryl J. Lyman
Executive Director, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission

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.

Emi Lafountain, Sustainability Integration Manager, Turner Construction Company

Zahra Ghorbani
BIM Manager, Office of Physical Plant, Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University

Jamie Leigh Price
Mitigation Investment Lead, Federal Emergency Management Agency

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.

2023 David Bonneville, Senior Principal, Degenkolb Engineers, Retired

2022 Philip Schneider, retired

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

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.

Green Canopy NODE

Wildfire Prepared Home-Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus

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 recognizes 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.

Tremco Rising Stars Program

Logan Herring
Chief Executive Officer, The WRK Group

GEI Consultants, Inc.

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

The Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Award

The award recognizes the initiatives that shape, inform and catalyze the high-performance building market, as well as the real-world application of high-performance design and construction practices.

High-performance buildings meet eight design objectives: sustainability, accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality, productivity, historical sensitivity, and safety and security. (Resilience falls within the ‘safety and security’ objective.) The Beyond Green™ Award distinguishes those projects and activities that best exemplify the attributes of high performance.


Holabird Academy + Graceland Park O'Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School Zero Energy Schools for Baltimore City


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