Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Elizabeth Mills Brown Award


The Elizabeth Mills Brown Award recognizes design excellence in the restoration, rehabilitation, adaptation, and reuse of historic structures.  The award is named after and honors the work of Betty Brown, a prominent Connecticut architectural historian, preservationist, and civic leader, and author of the extraordinarily comprehensive and meticulously researched New Haven: A Guide to Architecture and Urban Design (Yale University Press, 1976). This award is presented in conjunction with Preservation Connecticut.

2023 Elizabeth Mills Brown Jury

David Drasba, LEED AP, AIA
Project Architect & Project Manager
Scully Architects

Rick Farrar
Senior Vice President, Store Development
Ralph Lauren Architecture + Design Studio

Jennifer Goodman
Executive Director
New Hampshire Preservation Alliance


  • Projects must be in Connecticut and involve the restoration, rehabilitation, or reuse of historic buildings.
  • Form-Based Codes for historic areas may be considered.
  • Projects must have been completed within the past 5 years.

Judging Criteria

  • The jury will be comprised of professionals from the architecture and preservation disciplines, including AIA CT and Preservation Connecticut.
  • The Jurors will take into consideration and acknowledge the following:
    • Projects will be judged to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards in one or more of the four preservation approaches recognized by the Standards: Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, or Reconstruction.
    • Design Excellence.
    • Clarity of the submission narrative to describe how the project accomplished its goals while complying with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

Submission Requirements

Submissions must include:

  • A clear and concise narrative that describes specific challenges, goals, and how the project follows the Secretary of Interior’s Standards (350 words maximum)
  • A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12 photos which should include:
    • Existing conditions prior to any work
    • The completed interior and exterior
    • Drawings of plans, sections, elevations, details

All photography permissions and releases are the responsibility of the submitting architect whose project has been selected. If the Project is recognized with an award, individual high-res photographs in JPEG format will be required from the submitter.

Do not include any identifying firm information in your submission. This includes file names because they are visible to jurors. Submissions with identifying information will automatically be disqualified.

Registration Opens: May 8, 2023
Registration Deadline: June 2, 2023
Submission Deadline: July 7, 2023

Member of AIA Connecticut: $100.00
Member of Connecticut Trust: $100.00

Non-Member Registered Architect: $200.00

Past Elizabeth Mills Brown Award Recipients