Barrier-Free America Award

"The Barrier-Free America Award exemplifies excellence in the philosophy & execution of accessible design principles." Mark Lichter, Director of Architecture, Paralyzed Veterans of America

We are now accepting nominations for the 2018 Barrier-Free America Award. 

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2017 Barrier-Free America Award Winner: VA Governor's Mansion

Paralyzed Veterans presented the Virginia Governor’s Mansion with its 2017 Barrier-Free America Award at a private event on the evening of April 24.  Paralyzed Veterans presents the award annually to public access buildings that incorporate accessible architectural design, demonstrating the importance of equal access in the built environment for all individuals with disabilities.

Accepting on behalf of the people of Virginia were Governor McAuliffe and First Lady McAuliffe. “Dorothy and I are proud to accept this award on behalf of the many stakeholders who worked with us to expand access to the first floor of the Executive Mansion, while respecting the building’s historic and architectural integrity,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.  “The Executive Mansion is the people’s house, and it should be accessible to all Virginians and visitors, including those who have been injured in service to our country.”

“The goal of this project was to make everyone who comes to the Executive Mansion feel welcome and included when visiting and touring this very special historic home,” added First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe.  “The Governor and I are truly grateful to the architectural and preservation experts who gave us guidance and support throughout this process, making our vision a reality.”

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Past Barrier-Free America Award Winners and Projects

Eleanor Smith
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Ed Roberts Campus and DREDF 
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Spire Institute
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Nugent Residence Hall & the Disability Resources & Educational Services (DRES) Program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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James Roth, The Treehouse Guys, LLC, & John Connell, special recognition award 
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CBT Architects
John Adams Courthouse - Boston, MA
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Antoine Predock, FAIA
Indian Community School of Milwaukee 

Marca Bristo and John H. Catlin, FAIA
Access Living Headquarters  

Fong and Chan Architects
de Young Museum

Edward K. Uhlir, FAIA
Millennium Park, Chicago 

Frederic Bell, FAIA
Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan

Cesar Pelli, FAIA
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Bob Vila
Bob Vila's Home Again

For more information about the Barrier-Free Award, please contact PVA Architecture at 202-416-7645 or