World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize


Nominations Are Now Closed

The World Monuments Fund / Knoll Modernism Prize recognizes outstanding and innovative design solutions that save modern icons.
Our modern architectural heritage is at risk of disappearing.

Founding sponsor
Founding sponsor

Forward-thinking. Experimental. Bold. Progressive. Innovative. Once recognized for their defining characteristics, significant modernist sites around the world are victims of physical deterioration of materials, perceived obsolescence, and public apathy. These threats repeatedly result in inappropriate alterations or demolition. With many modern buildings too young to qualify for landmark designation and protection, the need for preservation is urgent.

In 2008, we launched the biennial World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize to recognize the individuals and organizations that preserve our modern built heritage through innovative architectural or design solutions. At-risk modern buildings can and do remain sustainable structures with vital futures; visionary architects, designers, planners, and community leaders play a paramount role in ensuring those futures.

The prize is a component of our Modernism at Risk initiative, which supports the preservation of modern architecture through advocacy and conservation projects. Both the prize and the Modernism at Risk initiative were launched with the support of founding sponsor Knoll.


Prize Information

  • Award Details
  • Deadline
  • The Jury
  • Guidelines
  • Contact

The recipient of the 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Prize will receive the award at a public event at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in the fall of 2016 (exact date to be confirmed). The recipient will also be invited to join a celebratory dinner with the jury and select guests.

The award includes:

  • A cash honorarium of $10,000;
  • A Knoll® Barcelona® chair;
  • Round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations to attend the prize presentation and jury dinner.


Nominations must be received by August 1, 2016.

An independent jury of architectural scholars, conservators, and professionals in related fields will select the prize winner. The jury will be chaired by Barry Bergdoll, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA. 

Nominated projects must have been completed in the last five years. Projects that enhanced a site’s architectural, functional, economic, and environmental sustainability while also benefiting the community are encouraged.

Please email with any questions about the prize or your nomination.

Modernism Prize Winners