Thursday, February 29, 2024

PR: The Connecticut American Institute of Architects Announces the Elizabeth Mills Brown Preservation Awards




(New Haven, CT, November 11, 2019) The Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Connecticut) in collaboration with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce 5 recipients of the new Elizabeth Mills Brown Preservation Award that recognizes projects that are noteworthy both as respectful preservation and adaptive reuse of historic places and as excellent architectural designs.  The award, named for the architectural historian and preservationist Elizabeth Mills Brown, was a writer and activist who awakened Connecticut residents to the state’s architectural riches and the need to protect them.

This year the selection jury of Garry S. Leonard, AIA, Garry S. Leonard Architect, LLC, Madison, Connecticut; Robert Tierney, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, Old Lyme, Connecticut; and Frederick A. Bland, FAIA, AICP, Beyer Blinder Belle, Branford, Connecticut adjudicated 2 projects for Excellence and 3 projects for Merit.

“We were pleased to partner with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to celebrate these projects that exemplify the transformative power of preservation,” said Gina Calabro, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut.  “This year’s recipients clearly demonstrate the variety of historic places that can be restored and readapted to serve their communities and the collaborations that make this work possible.”

Detailed information on the winning projects, including photographs, may be seen at  

The 2019 recipients :

Award of Excellence
18th Century Homestead Reclamation, Rob Sanders Architects, LLC, Wilton CT
Greenwich Historical Society Reimaged Campus / David Scott Parker Architects, Southport CT

Award of Merit:
Avon Old Farms School Historic Roof Alterations and Replacement, Nelson Edwards Company Architects, LLC, Branford CT, The SLAM Collaborative, Glastonbury, and Petra Construction Corporation, North Haven CT
Cheney-Bennet Academy, TSKP STUDIO, Hartford CT
Spectra Boutique Apartments (Hotel America), Crosskey Architects, Hartford CT

Award presentations will be made at the 2019 Gala Dinner on December 9th at ARIA in Prospect, Connecticut for the above awards as well as the 2019 Alice Washburn Residential Awards, Business of Architecture Awards, Design Awards, Emerging Professionals, Connecticut Treasures, Allied Member of the Year. Volunteers of the Year, and Public Service awards.

About the American Institute of Architects, Connecticut (AIA Connecticut)

About AIA Connecticut: Since 1905, AIA Connecticut has served the architectural profession, encouraging design excellence, working to improve society through a concern for the quality of the built and natural environments.  AIA Connecticut serves as a resource to architects and the public. Our membership of over 1,500 is comprised of architects, architectural designers working towards licensure, students, and professionals in allied fields.

For more information, visit AIA Connecticut’s website at