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Call for Harbeson Award Nominations

The John Frederick Harbeson Award is presented annually to a long-standing member of the architectural community and is intended to recognize their significant contributions over their lifetime to the architectural profession and its related disciplines. The recipient of this award will have distinguished themselves throughout their career by their contributions to the architectural profession, the American Institute of Architects, the education of the architectural community, and their contributions to the Philadelphia community at large.

This award is presented in honor of John Frederick Harbeson. Harbeson was a lifetime Philadelphian who received his architectural training at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1910 and was immediately awarded his Master of Science in Architecture in 1911. Trained specifically in the Beaux Arts approach to the practice of architecture, Harbeson was quickly recognized by the Philadelphia architectural community for his ability to recall the conditions of professional practice and the architectural history of the early 20th century. Mr. Harbeson was an active member of the AIA and has been recognized for his numerous publications. Harbeson served as both the Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was noted as being chiefly responsible for the awarding of degrees to women. Throughout his career, John Frederick Harbeson received numerous honors, including a Citation of Excellence from AIA Philadelphia in 1984, and a Carpenters’ Company award for ’40 Years of Extraordinary Service & Fellowship’ in 1986.

The recipient of this award is selected annually by the Board of Directors. Nominations from Chapter Members are welcome. This award is presented during AIA Philadelphia’s Design Awards program.


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