Phyllis Lambert to receive National Building Museum’s Vincent J. Scully Prize

Washington’s National Building Museum will present its 2006 Vincent J. Scully Prize to Phyllis Lambert on Thursday, January 19, 2006, at 6:30 pm. The award recognizes Lambert’s outstanding contributions to the design of the built environment, advancement of public awareness of design, and dedication to architectural preservation. The ceremony will include tributes by Elizabeth Diller, founding principal of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro; the Honorable Frank McKenna, Ambassador of Canada to the United States of America; and Pierre Thberge, director of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Following the ceremony, Ms. Lambert will give a lecture, Ironies in the Public Life of Architecture: The Seagram Building, 1954-58, detailing the public reception and long-term impact of the Seagram Building on architectural culture. Lambert was instrumental in commissioning Mies van der Rohe to design the Seagram Building and served as the director of planning for the project.

Tickets are $12 for members and students, and $17 for non-members. Registration is required. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 202.272.2448.

The Vincent J. Scully Prize was established in 1999 to recognize exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. Professor Scully, in whose honor the Prize was established, was the first Prize recipient and has been followed by Jane Jacobs, Andrs Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, His Highness the Aga Khan, and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Phyllis Lambert is the seventh recipient.