Cornerstone Award

Created in 1999, the Cornerstone Award is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions that enhance the quality of life by elevating architecture and the arts, promoting the value of community, or preserving the natural environment.

2015 Cornerstone Award Recipient: Mary McDermott Cook

Our 2015 Cornerstone Award recipient is Mary McDermott Cook of Dallas. A civic leader extraordinaire, Cook has long been a steady backer of Dallas and the Trinity River, nature, education, medicine, and art.

She is the daughter of Eugene and Mary McDermott. Mr. McDermott was co-founder of Geophysical Service Inc., which later became Texas Instruments. Personally and through the Eugene McDermott Foundation, the family has supported many civic, cultural, and educational endeavors at institutions including MIT, The University of Texas at Dallas, and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Cook is president of the Eugene McDermott Foundation, board chair of the Trinity Trust, a founding member of the Trinity River Audubon Center, and on the executive board of the Dallas Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards for her philanthropy and community service.

The Cornerstone Award was presented at our 2015 Gala, held on Friday, November 6, during our 76th Annual Convention and Design Expo in Dallas.

Past Cornerstone Award Recipients

  • 2014 Gerald D. Hines, Honorary AIA, Houston
  • 2013 Kay Carter Fortson, Fort Worth
  • 2012 Liz Lambert, Austin
  • 2011 Walter J. Humann, Dallas
  • 2010 Bill Greehey, San Antonio
  • 2009 John and Dominique de Menil, Houston
  • 2008 Bob R. Simpson
  • 2007 William P. Hobby
  • 2006 Deedie Potter Rose
  • 2005 Walter Nold Mathis
  • 2004 Jack S. Blanton, Houston
  • 2003 Ruth Carter Stevenson, Fort Worth
  • 2002 Bill Ratliff , Mount Pleasant
  • 2001 Raymond Nasher, Dallas
  • 2000 Lady Bird Johnson, Austin
  • 1999 George and Cynthia Mitchell, Galveston