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Awards and Honors

Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences recognizes individuals and organizations that have provided outstanding service to the organization, building community, and nation.

Below you can find information on the categories of NIBS Awards, guidelines for each, and past recipients. 

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

Award is presented to an individual or organization member.

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.

Award is presented to an individual, organization, or project.

Exceptional Woman in Building Award

The Exceptional Woman in Building Award will recognize 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. 

Award is presented to an individual or organizational member of NIBS.

Future Leaders

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.

Award is presented to an individual under the age of 35. 

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.

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

Betty and Mort Marshall Memorial Scholorship

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.

For any questions about the scholarship, please contact

Application Deadline: April 30, 2021


Past Recipients 

Jenna Greer
Architecture, Howard University
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2022

Tanaka Chakanyuka
Civil Engineering, Southern University
Anticipated Graduation: Spring 2021

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 will recognize 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. 

Award is presented to a corporation or association. 


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