The Committee of 100 on the Federal City honors planning and land use that promotes its mission to advocate “responsible planning and land use in Washington, D.C…., which give Washington its historic distinction and natural beauty, while responding to the special challenges of 21st century development.” In support of its mission, the Committee advocates for planning, zoning, parks & environment, transportation, and historic preservation.
Committee of 100 Chair Stephen Hansen presenting Douglas Jemal with a Vision Award for the Hecht Company Warehouse (2016)
Categories of Vision Awards. Since 2001, the Committee of 100 has annually presented Vision Awards to recognize projects, programs, plans, and the work of organizations and individuals that are visionary, innovative, and provide notable benefit to the District of Columbia. Nominations should demonstrate sensitivity to neighborhoods, historic elements, public space, and/or natural features, and may have a citywide or smaller area focus.
• Projects, Programs, or Plans: Awarded for undertakings that have been developed to benefit the District of Columbia as a whole, or to serve as an exemplary achievement to be copied and duplicated in other areas of the District.
Nominations may include completed projects, published plans, and programs undertaken by individuals, groups, or organizations (profit or non-profit/ governmental or private). They may also include educational and stewardship programs that promote innovative and visionary land use, planning, and/or historic preservation efforts that reflect the mission of the Committee of 100.
• Organizations: Awarded to public, private, non-profit, or philanthropic organizations located in the District of Columbia for an exemplary body of work not restricted to one project, plan, or program.
• Individuals: Nominations for individuals (for public service, activism, or lifetime achievement) should be for those who have devoted significant professional or voluntary time and effort to planning and land use in the District of Columbia. The focus of the individual may be on citywide planning and land use or he/she may have demonstrated a more local neighborhood focus or a project by project focus.
For the Lifetime Achievement award, nominations must be for an individual whose work has benefited the District of Columbia, as a whole or in part, within one or more of the advocacy areas in which the Committee engages. The intent is not only to recognize a lifetime achievement but also the work done to date by an individual that rises to the level of visionary and has benefited the District of Columbia.
Vision Awards Ceremony attendees enjoying refreshments and conviviality before and after the awards ceremony (2016)