Vision Awards History

A History of the Vision Awards

The Committee of 100’s Vision Awards program started in 2002 under the leadership of Ann Hughes Hargrove to recognize visionary projects, programs, and achievements that exemplify the Committee’s mission, including aspirational plans that have not yet been implemented.

Historically, three additional awards are conferred:  the Barbara Zartman Award for Planning and Zoning Advocacy; the Ann Hughes Hargrove Advocacy Award that is given to individuals who make significant to the city through work related to the Commission’s goals; and the Lifetime Achievement Award for individuals with a long and distinguished history of accomplishments to further the overall mission and goals of the Committee of 100.

In 2018, the trustees of the Committee decided to confer the Vision Awards biannually and to sponsor a special public lecture in alternating years.

In 2019, to highlight the urgent need for thoughtfully planned affordable housing, the Committee issued seven awards for innovative affordable projects and joined forces with the Coalition for Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development to identify nominees.

The 2021 Vision Awards, held during the Covid epidemic, presented a particular challenge. With many people unwilling to attend events in person, a hybrid event took place at First Congregational UCC with award recipients in attendance and most of the audience tuning in on Zoom with an option to view the ceremony on You Tube. For the first time, the Committee honored an out-of-state government organization, the Commonwealth of Virginia for Transforming Rail in Virginia, a visionary initiative to expand rail service south of Washington, DC’s Union Station.


Past Recipients

To date, The Committee has conferred over 100 Vision Awards recognizing the visionary accomplishments of individuals, local governmental agencies, Federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Carol Aten


Hargrove Award: DC Grassroots Planning Coalition
Zartman Award: Marilyn Simon, PhD
Lifetime Achievement Award: District of Columbia Public Library System, 125th Anniversary
Lifetime Achievement Award: DC Preservation League, 50th Anniversary
Brian Kraft, DC Building Permits Database
Crummell School, Empower DC
Park Morton Equity Plan, Park Morton Equity Team, Council @ Park Morton
Abrams Hall Senior Apartments, Walter Reed Assisted Living Project Team
Transforming Rail South of Union Station, VA Dept. of Rail & Public Transportation


Anacostia Watershed Society
The Parks at Walter Reed
“The Reach” – Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Prologue and the Bloomingdale Historic Designation
Portner Flats (Housing)
SOME Conway Center (Housing)
Plaza West/Mission First Housing (Housing)
Manna, Inc. (Housing)


Lifetime Achievement Award – George Idelsonv
Zartman Award – Laura Richards
Washington City Paper
Heurich House Museum
Empower DC
NCPC, GSA, and DC Office of Planning


Pamela Scott for Lifetime Achievement
Zartman Award – Monte Edwards
Perkins Eastman for Theo. Roosevelt High School Rehabilitation
Douglas Jamal for Hecht’s Warehouse
Historic Congressional Cemetery


Lifetime Achievement Award – Ann Lewis


Lifetime Achievement Award – Phil Mendelson
Zartman Award – George R. Clark
Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington – Susan Claffey, President
Tregaron Conservancy – Bonnie LePard, ED, Clayton, Board of Directors
The House of Lebanon – Mt. Lebanon Dev. Corp, Johnny Holliday & Lionel Edmonds
Mission First Housing Corp., Urban Matters/Washington Interfaith Network, Cunningham
+ Quill Architects, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Development, DC
Roadside Development & O Street Market Redevelopment Project – Richard Lake, Armond Spikell, Susan Linsky
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School – Sean O’Donnell & Matthew Bell, Perkins Eastman


Zartman Award – Alma Hardy Gates
Forest Hills Connection – Marlene Berlin, Editor in Chief, Tracy Johnke, Website & Communications Director, and Forest Hills Citizen Association
First Congregational United Church of Christ – Cunningham + Quill, Architects, Tod William Billie Tsien Architects, Shanska USA
Commercial Development Golden Triangle BID – Lower Connecticut Ave. Plan – Golden Triangle BID District, D.C., Commission on the Arts & Humanities, DC Dept. of Transportation
Southwest ECO District Plan – ZGF Architects, Riverfront BID and National Capital Planning Commission
The Yards Park – Forest City of Washington, Capital Riverfront BID, Paul Friedberg & Partners, GSA, DC


Lifetime Achievement Award – Tersh Boasberg/ Sally Boasberg
Zartman Award – John Fondersmith
The Atlas Performing Arts Center – Jane Land & Paul Sprenger
Planning the Capital City – Trish Callard & Megan Brunson
The Links Foundation, Inc. Project – Eris Simms, Exec. Dir., The Links, Inc., Amoy McGhee, R. McGhee & Assoc.
RiverSmart Washington – Christophe A.G. Tulou, Director, DC Dept. of Environment & DC Dept of Transportation, Terry Bellamy, Dir.
Hill Center – Old Naval Hospital Foundation – Nicky Cymrot, President, Hill Center Foundation & Diana Ingraham, ED, Hill Center


Lifetime Achievement Award – Elizabeth (Libby) Ulman Rowe
Lifetime Achievement Award – Judy Scott Feldman
Zartman Award – Meg Maguire
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
Civil War Defenses of Washington Trail
Deanwood Community Center & Library
All Hallows Guild of the Washington National Cathedral


Barbara Zartman - Zartman Award (posthumous)
Savoy Elementary School & Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School Public Education Campus
Robert B. Owens – legal advocacy against freeways and 3 Sisters’ Bridge
Arthur Cotton Moore – Preservation of L’Enfant/McMillan Plan Particularly Maryland Avenue


The L’Enfant Trust
Takoma Park Library
Washington Ethical Society/The Kurylas Studio


Lifetime Achievement Award - Margaret Freeman
Hugh Newell Jacobsen, FAIA – Outstanding Design
Tom & Angela Rooney – Improving Civic Life in Ward 5
Casey Tree Endowment Fund – Restoration of DC Tree Cover
DC Modern Symposium
President Lincoln’s Cottage & Visitors Center – National Trust for Historic Preservation
The Newseum – Dynamic Architecture
TKF Foundation of DC – DC Green Spaces


Lifetime Achievement Award – Ann Hargrove


W. Kent Cooper, FAIA – Lifetime Achievement
Arts & the Community – The H Street Playhouse
Arts & the Community – The ARC
Arts & the Community – The Patricia A. Sitar Center for the Arts
Exhibits of Architectural History – Harry Wardman
Exhibits of Architectural History – Adolf Cluss
Adaptive Reuse 201 F Street, NE
Community Preservation – Rosie’s Row
Affordable-Unit Renovation: Clifton Terrace, Meridian Manor, Olympia Apartments, Trinity Towers, EHT Traceries
Exceptional Design – National Realtors Building
Municipal Planning – The DC Office of Planning’s Support of Long Range Planning – Creating The Building Blocks for Future Planners
Preserving Knowledge of the Past – MLK Library, Washingtonian, a Division at 100


Lifetime Achievement Award – Dorn McGrath
Lifetime Achievement Award – Charles H. Atherton
DC Public Schools Facilities Program – Sarah Woodhead, Paul Vance
Sarah Boasberg – Study, Re-Greening Washington
Bolling Air Force Base – The Smith Group
Theresa Brown – LeDroit Park
The Josephine Butler Parks Center
DC Public Schools – Increasing Design Quality in New and Additions to School Friends of Garfield Park
Howard University Sponsored LeDroit Park Historic District Revitalization Initiative
The Georgetown Partnership – Metro Connection Bus Program
Walter E. Washington Estates
Westminster Neighborhood Association, Associates in Cardozo-Shaw


Joseph Passonneau – Architect, Planner, Transportation Design
Judy Scott Feldman – National Mall
Mayor Williams / City Council, DC Planning Office – Anacostia Waterfront Initiative
DC City Council – Renovation of Wilson District Building
Ward 1 – True Reformers Bldg, – Public Welfare Foundation, Larry Kressley, ED, Sorg & Associates
Ward 1 – NPS – African American Civil War Memorial – Frank Smith, Chair, African American Freedom Foundation, Paul Devrouax, Devrouax & Purnell, Architects
Ward 2 – Millennium Arts Center
Ward 3 – Alban Towers – Chas. E. Smith Residential Realty
Ward 4 – Takoma Village Co-Housing – Owners, Don Tucker, Architect, Environmental Design Group of Bethesda, Historic Takoma, Inc.
Ward 5 – Brooks Mansion/ Broadcast Center – Kojo Nnamdi, Chair, Nantz Rickard, ED, The Public Access Corp. of DC
Ward 6 – Townhomes of Capitol Hill – Fran Taylor, Chair, David Perry, Chair, The Ellen Wilson Community Development Corp.
Ward 7 – The Willis P. Green Manor, Loretta Tate, CEO and Pres., Richard Hamilton, Chair Board, Marshall Heights Community Development Org.
Ward 8 – Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Smithsonian, Architrave of the District, Wisnewski Blair and Associates

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