The AIA announced the recipient of the 2016 Collaborative Achievement Award, which recognizes and encourages initiatives of allied professionals, clients, organizations, architect teams, knowledge communities, and others who have positively influenced or advanced the architectural field. This year’s winner is George Smart, architectural historian and founder of North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH), a Durham, N.C.–based nonprofit organization that documents, preserves, and promotes modernist architecture in the Old North State as well as many well-known residences across the country. In doing so, Smart’s leadership has created a bridge between the public and design professionals.

Since its inception in 2007, NCMH has built the largest, open digital archive for residential modernist architecture and architects, boasting more than 21,000 images, which has been used as a resource for civic leaders, historians, students, and preservationists. READ MORE…