The World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize is awarded biennially to a design professional or firm in recognition of an innovative architectural or design solution that has preserved a modern building or group of buildings.
The Prize, first given in 2008, stemmed from WMF’s Modernism at Risk initiative, created in 2006 in defense of increasing threats to modern buildings from neglect, perceived obsolescence, inappropriate alterations, and demolition. Nominated projects must have been completed in the last five years.
Please refer to this checklist prior to beginning the nomination form to ensure you have all the necessary documents. If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Briefly describe (200-500 words) the bio/history of the architecture or design firm responsible for the project
Briefly describe (200-500 words) the architectural/historical significance of the site. Include a timeline of key dates in the history of the building.
Briefly describe (200-500 words) the challenges/threats that affected the site before preservation (for example: deteriorated condition of original materials, obsolescence, abandonment, changes in use, ownership, economic or political conditions, etc.)
Briefly describe (200-500 words) the work that was performed on the site. Include information on:
Original Materials (extent to which original materials were preserved, replicated, enhanced and/or repurposed);
New Materials and Technology (new materials or technology incorporated into the preservation to improve the viability of the site);
Architectural Design (extent to which the original design was preserved, enhanced, or augmented to improve the functionality of the site);
Economic/Functional Uses (extent to which the original use was preserved or enhanced to improve the viability or functionality of the site)
Please ensure that you have attached all required documents before submitting your application (please refer back to this checklist to ensure you have all the necessary documents). You will be contacted via email when your nomination has been submitted. If you have questions about the prize, or have trouble submitting your nomination, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed nominations are not accepted at this time.
By submitting this nomination dossier to World Monuments Fund for the Knoll Prize, you grant WMF permission to utilize this information in print and electronic form to describe the Prize and the importance of conservation of 20th century architecture. WMF reserves the right to present a selection of finalists, including the winner, in a web vehicle that may present images and summary details of the completed project. Your submission of a nomination to the Knoll Prize constitutes your agreement with this intent to make information public. If your project is selected as the winner or a finalist, WMF will confirm with you the details and images that will be presented online and in social media.