Dan Worth Wins Prestigious Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal Award

Today we say congratulations to our own Dan Worth, FAIA, FAPT, and now winner of the Harry F. Cunningham Gold Medal Award for Architectural Excellence in the State of Nebraska. The Gold Medal is the highest honor the Nebraska Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) can bestow and is awarded in recognition of the most distinguished achievement in architecture or service to the profession of architecture in the State of Nebraska.

Dan will be honored in conjunction with the 2019 AIA Nebraska Excellence in Design Gala, November 8, 2019 at The Assemblage in Lincoln, NE.

Dan was nominated by Gary Bowen, FAIA, and previous Cunningham award winner. From Dan’s nomination:

Nominator Gary Bowen, FAIA, Principal, BVH Architecture, said, “We have worked together on many projects, and I can attest to his accomplishments as evidenced in his AIA leadership, his national and international leadership in historic preservation, his stellar service to the architectural profession, and his generous public service.”
His list of completed projects includes over 240 historic preservation successes with the National Park Service in locations across the country, including the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Harry S Truman Home in Missouri, the William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace in Arkansas, and the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota, just to name a few. Perhaps no project is better known to Nebraskans than Worth’s work on the State Capitol exterior restoration where he developed a unique scientific approach to uncovering and remediating damage to the limestone facade. His efforts have also resulted in the restoration of other notable Nebraska landmarks such as the Willa Cather Foundation and Museum in Red Cloud, the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, Arbor Lodge State Park in Nebraska City, William Jennings Bryan Home in Lincoln, and the Mari Sandoz Center in Chadron. Dan has been involved in numerous preservation advocacy organizations: the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), where he served as Vice President; the AIA National Historic Resources Committee; the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Board; Docomomo International; the Preservation Association of Lincoln; Heritage Nebraska; Landmarks Inc.of Omaha; and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Gold Medal commemorates the achievements of Harry Francis Cunningham who came to Nebraska as lead architect for Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue’s office during completion of the tower phase of construction for the State Capitol following Goodhue’s death in 1924. It was Goodhue’s revolutionary building design which won the nationwide competition in 1920 for the creation of the state house in Lincoln. Cunningham subsequently established the first school of architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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