The Catholic University of America

Oct. 23, 2008

Architecture Instructor to Be Honored for Design in the Public Interest

David Shove-Brown

David Shove-Brown, architecture instructor and director of the School of Architecture and Planning's Foreign Programs and Experiences in Architecture, was selected as the 2008 recipient of the Washington Architectural Foundation's John "Wieb" Wiebenson Award for Architecture in the Public Interest.

"I am so pleased that David has been recognized by the Washington Architectural Foundation with the Wiebenson Award," says Randall Ott, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning.

"He has worked tirelessly within the school, as well as in the architectural community, to promote architecture's responsibility to serve the greater good of society and it means a great deal to us to see him receive this award," Ott says. "We have always recognized the work that he has done and it is wonderful to see him recognized by the rest of D.C.'s architectural community."

The award has been given annually for the last six years to an architect who has spent his or her career championing design in the public interest. John Wiebenson - a D.C. architect who worked tirelessly on behalf of others and is credited with the renovation or creation of headquarters for Bread for the City, Emmaus Services for the Aging and Martha's Table, and with saving a number of historic buildings along Pennsylvania Avenue and elsewhere in the city - was the first recipient, posthumously.

"To follow in the footsteps of John Weibenson and previous award winners is an unbelievable honor," Shove-Brown says. "To be able to work with the local community and better our city through architecture and design is enriching, but to be honored for such work is absolutely humbling."

The recipient of the award is selected by the Washington Architectural Foundation in consultation with the Wiebenson family.

The letter that Shove-Brown received notifying him of the honor stated that the award has generally been given to an established architect who has already given much to the community. But, the letter noted, John Wiebenson's widow, Abigail, who helped select Shove-Brown, "felt that your work on behalf of the community and the profession at such an early point in your career will serve as an example for other young architects. She hopes this award will encourage young architects to get involved in helping the community."

Shove-Brown will be presented with the John "Wieb" Wiebenson Award at the AIA Annual Awards Gala on Oct. 30.

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