25-Year Award

The Texas Society of Architects 25-Year Award is an important public outreach program that focuses much-deserved attention on distinguished Texas architecture of enduring significance and exemplifies the Society’s intrinsic message that “Good Design Matters.” The annual award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character, and overall architectural integrity.

2017 Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for this year's 25-Year Award winner. The criteria and submittal requirements can be found in our 2017 Honor Awards nomination packet.

2016 Recipient: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on the east campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is an icon of modern architecture designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Completed in 1971, the LBJ Library embodies and expresses what a presidential library should be on both a functional and symbolic level. Bunshaft’s strikingly simple yet innovative approach to the library’s design created a monument to Johnson, his legacy, and the era of architecture during which it was built.

The 25-Year Award was presented at our 2016 Convention in San Antonio.

Past 25-Year Award Recipients

Although the awards program experienced a hiatus after 1998, the program was reinvigorated in 2007. Previous recipients of the 25-Year Award are:

  • 2015 – Dallas City Hall by I.M. Pei & Partners with Harper & Kemp
  • 2014 – The Alley Theatre (Houston) by Ulrich Franzen & Associates with Mackie & Kamrath
  • 2013 – The Menil Collection (Houston) by Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, with Richard Fitzgerald & Associates
  • 2012 – Temple Emanu-El (Dallas) by Howard Meyer and Max Sandfield
  • 2011 – Fountain Place (Dallas) by I.M. Pei and Partners
  • 2010 – Tower of the Americas (San Antonio) by Ford Powell & Carson
  • 2009 – Margarite B. Parker Chapel at Trinity University (San Antonio) by Ford Powell & Carson
  • 2008 – Fort Worth Water Gardens by Philip Johnson with John Burgee
  • 2007 – NorthPark Center (Dallas) by Harrell and Hamilton Architects (now Omniplan)
  • 1998 – Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth) by Louis I. Kahn
  • 1997 – The Birthday (Sterling County) by Frank Welch and Associates