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Firm Awards


American Institute of Architects New York State
Firm Award

In recognition of "notable achievements in design, community service, education and service to the profession and the AIA"

— August 28, 2009

New York Society of Architects
Lifetime Achievement Award

"The New York Society of Architects confers its Lifetime Achievement Award on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in recognition of the firm's outstanding contribution to the advancement of architecture, artistically as well as to the architectural profession."

— November 19, 1992

Construction Specifications Institute
The Metropolitan New York Chapter
Honor Award

"The Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute confers its Honor Award on Pei Cobb Freed & Partners for excellence in design and advancement of construction technology in the practice of architecture."

— May 9, 1990

Chicago Architecture Award

"The Illinois Council of the American Institute of Architects and the Architectural Record confer the second annual Chicago Architecture Award on I. M. Pei & Partners. The award symbolizes Chicago's century-old tradition of works by major architects of the past and present as well as the works anticipated by future generations of architects."

— June 14, 1985

"I. M. Pei & Partners was chosen on the basis of significant contributions to architecture and to the design of urban environments which have facilitated the highest standards of architecture for cities. This tribute recognizes the designs that have made a profound impact on the future directions of architecture and that have demonstrated the perfect and harmonious relationship of design and urbanism needed to achieve those standards.''

Poses Creative Arts Award for Architecture

"Brandeis University Creative Arts Awards Commission was established in 1956 as an expression of the University's conviction that educational institutions should play an important role in the encouragement and development of the artistic and cultural life of America. The University thus extends its support of creative artistic expression beyond the campus community. The Jack I. and Lillian L. Poses Award is given to an established artist who has created a distinguished body of work and is recognized as a leader in the development of his/her art form. It is conferred on I. M. Pei & Partners in recognition of the firm's architectural innovation and excellence, having enriched the American landscape with some of its most graceful and aesthetically satisfying works of architectural art."

— April 1, 1981

The American Institute of Architects
Architectural Firm Award

"The American Institute of Architects confers its 1968 Architectural Firm Award on I. M. Pei & Partners in recognition of the eminently successful collaboration among the partners, associates and staff of this firm which has resulted in years of consistently distinguished design. The firm's partners, associates and staff have designed buildings that have won AIA Honor Awards, AIA Awards of Merit, and AIA Citations for Excellence in Community Architecture, as well as many other awards by both government agencies and private institutions; and the firm's work has consistently reflected sensitivity, technical skill and an awareness of the human and material factors that must be combined to produce outstanding architecture."

— June 24, 1968

"The Architectural Firm Award of the Institute is awarded to a firm, whether individual or an organization of architects, in which the continuing collaboration among individuals of the firm has been the principal force in consistently producing distinguished architecture. This award is the highest honor the Institute can bestow on a firm. Awards are not given each year and only one such award is made in a single year.''



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