Image courtesy of Justin Garrett Moore
Justin Garrett Moore of the Mellon Foundation received the AIA New York 2021 Champion of Architecture Award, joining names like Lewis Mumford and Jane Jacobs on a list of recipients of what was previously known as the Award of Merit.
Moore was honored at a lunch on Tuesday that also anointed ARO principal Kim Yao and Architectural file Editor-in-chief Cathleen McGuigan received the Medal of Honor and Architecture in Media awards, respectively.
Moore has been a key player in city life since beginning his career as an urban designer for the New York City Department of Planning in 2005. He has gone on to enjoy a three-decade career that has also featured lectures at Yale. as commissioner of the American Planning Association. Moore was recently appointed to the United States Commission on Fine Arts by President Biden.
Earlier this year, Moore was announced as the recipient of the 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
A chapter announcement cited “extensive planning and design experience ranging from regional and urban systems, policies and projects to planning, design, public domain, and community-driven and grassroots art initiatives.” in addition to his work as the W. Mellon Foundation program manager.
The Columbia GSAPP graduate thanked the “countless people” whose contributions have been historically undervalued. Moore himself is only the third person of color to receive the award in his long history.
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