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Michael S. Smith nabs prestigious Ross award
Mar 28, 2018
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Michael S. Smith is in good company: The Santa Monica interior designer was just named to the prestigious list of Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s 2018 Arthur Ross Award winners. The awards, which were established in 1982 to “recognize the achievements and contributions of architects, painters, sculptors, artisans, interior designers, landscape designers, educators, publishers, patrons and others dedicated to preserving and advancing the classical tradition,” have in recent years honored figures as diverse as Paula Wallace and the Savannah College of Art and Design, Kevin Lippert and the Princeton Architectural Press, SMI Landscape Architecture, and Fondation de Coubertin/Saint-Jacques Artisans Workshops.

Exterior of a New Bath House in Gloucestershire, by Craig Hamilton; courtesy Paul Highnam
Exterior of a new bathhouse in Gloucestershire, England, by Craig Hamilton; courtesy Paul Highnam

The jury for this year’s awards comprised Phillip Liederbach (jury chair), William Curtis, Elizabeth Dillon, Steven Gambrel and Alexa Hampton. The event co-chairs are Suzanne Tucker, Charlotte Moss and Stan Dixon and the honorary chairs include Janet C. Ross, Suzanne R. Santry, Bunny Williams, and Ambassador and Mrs. William J. vanden Heuvel.

“This year, the ICAA is honored to recognize practitioners, thought leaders, and patrons whose impact on the classical tradition has been truly diverse, international in scale, and nothing short of profound,” says ICAA president Peter Lyden of the 37th-annual Arthur Ross Award laureates. “We look forward to celebrating their extraordinary contributions this May.

This year’s full list of winners:

ARCHITECTURE
Craig Hamilton, Radnorshire, United Kingdom

INTERIOR DESIGN
Michael S. Smith, Santa Monica, CA

LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Doyle Herman Design Associates, Greenwich, CT

HISTORY & WRITING
Stuart Cohen, Chicago

EDUCATION
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Miami

PATRONAGE
Margize Howell and Peter Kenny, co-presidents of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and The Richard Hampton Jenrette Foundation, New York

The winners will be honored at a dinner at The University Club in New York on May 7.

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