For over 30 years, Washington Post reporter Sarah Booth Conroy focused on architecture and city history. In celebration of her legacy, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) created an annual prize in her name. For the second time, the AIA|DC awarded one member of the media the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism. This year, the winner was Amanda Kolson Hurley.
Hurley is known for writing a column on design in D.C. called ‘Concrete Details’ for the Washington City Paper. She has also contributed to Architect Magazine, The Atlantic’s CityLab, The Washington Post, and Curbed.
“I feel really honoured to win a prize that’s named for Sarah Booth Conroy, who was a really legendary figure and a really sharp-eyed journalist behind this demeanour of Southern charm. I don’t think too much escaped her notice,” said Hurley.
The AIA|DC’s jury was composed of architect Shalom Baranes, Scott Frank of ARGO Communications, and Claire Conroy, the daughter of Sarah Booth Conroy. In a statement, the jury said that they found Hurley’s writing to be ‘witty’ and ‘approachable’.
On April 4 at the District Architecture Center, the AIA|DC will host a public lecture, led by Hurley, titled ‘The Overlooked Architectural Opportunities of Suburbia’. Here, she will argue that the suburbs can and should be a realm of innovation.