For over 30 years, Sarah Booth Conroy focused on architecture and city history for The Washington Post. With a fairly new prize named after her, the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) is helping her legacy live on.
This year, submissions are open once again for journalists to apply to win the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism. The prize rewards those who help others understand architecture and urbanism in Washington, D.C. Winners of the prize also receive $5,000, funded by the AIA|DC and the District Architecture Center's 5th Anniversary Capital Campaign.
In order to apply, entrants must submit a minimum of four works published in print, online, or broadcast within the last two years. Journalists must also submit a letter of nomination from a publisher, editor, or someone who is familiar with the work. A brief biographical sketch is also required.
The submission deadline for the prize is December 31. To apply, go to the AIA|DC website here.
The winner of the first ever Sarah Booth Conroy Prize was Kriston Capps, a Washington, D.C.-based journalist who has been published in CityLab, The Atlantic, Washington City Paper, and Architect magazine. The jury described Capps as "a good cage-rattler" who "addresses critical local design projects and issues."
Last year, about 10 journalists applied for the prize.