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Charles E. Peterson Prize

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 contest.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries. Please check back in early 2017 for details about next year's contest.


2016 Peterson Prize Poster

The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of the National Park Service, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) announce the 2017 Charles E. Peterson Prize, which annually recognizes the best set of measured drawings prepared to HABS standards and donated to HABS by students.

The prize honors Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the HABS program, and is intended to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of historic buildings throughout the United States while adding to the permanent HABS collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. To date, more than 2,000 students from 68 colleges and universities have participated by completing more than 500 entries and almost 5,000 sheets of measured drawings. The students have worked alone and in groups, in required courses, electives, independent study and summer institutes. They have been, for the most part, architecture students in addition to architectural history, interior design, and American studies majors.


First Place:     $3,000 and Certificate

Second Place: $2,500 and Certificate

Third Place:    $2,000 and Certificate

Honorable Mention Certificate

(All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the jury)