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 .

Registration Opens: June 14, 2021
Registration Deadline: August 2, 2021
Submission Deadline: September 10, 2021

2021 Elizabeth Mills Brown Jury

Tod Bryant
Heritage Resources

Julie Carmelich
State of Connecticut
Historic Preservation Office

Wes Haynes
Executive Director
Merritt Parkway Conservancy


  • 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:
    • 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 are to be composed as a single multi-page PDF document. The document is to include:
    • A clear and concise narrative that describes specific challenges, goals, and how the project follows the Secretary of Interior’s Standards (500 words maximum)
    • A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 pages which should include:
      • Photographs: existing conditions prior to any work
      • Photographs: of the completed interior and exterior
      • Drawings: 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.

Member of AIA Connecticut: $100.00
Member of Connecticut Trust: $100.00
Non-Member Registered Architect: $200.00