Susan Piedmont-Palladino, professor of architecture at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center has been awarded the 2014 Wieb Award for Architecture in the Public Interest by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Each year, the AIA|DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation recognize individuals who have performed exemplary work on behalf of the community and the architectural profession. The John ‘Wieb’ Wiebenson Award for Architecture was established to recognize an architect who, throughout his or her career, has made a difference in the Washington community through work in the public interest.

The honors jury acknowledged the depth and reach of Piedmont-Palladino’s work, influencing not only what happens in Washington, D.C., but across the country.

The honor will be presented to Piedmont-Palladino during the second annual Fall Design Fête hosted by the Washington Architectural Foundation and the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in Union Station’s East Hall in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 14.

Before joining Virginia Tech as faculty, Piedmont-Palladino taught at the University of Maryland and at the Catholic University of America. She has lectured and written on sustainability, American urbanism, design-build, and architectural education.

She is the former national president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, secretary for the National Academy of Environmental Design, has served on the design committee for the National Peace Garden Foundation, and has been a consultant to the Department of Energy for the Solar Decathlon. 

Locally she has participated in the selection of architects for the District of Columbia Public Library’s new branch libraries and for the renovation of its central library. Since 2002 she has been a consulting curator to the National Building Museum. Her work at the museum has taught thousands of visitors about the importance of sustainability with lessons from around the world. 

Piedmont-Palladino received her Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a bachelor's degree in the history of art from the College of William and Mary. She has published multiple books and articles throughout her career and she has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as schools from Mississippi State to Universidad de Desarrollo in Santiago, Chile.