25th Richard Morris Hunt Prize. 6 and 7 December 2013.

On December 6, the RMHF Franco-American jury, met at the Hôtel de Talleyrand in Paris and awarded, according to his rule of alternation, the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship to a French architect, heritage specialist, Laurent Duport , which becomes the 25th RMH Fellow and has also appointed a Scholar, Axelle Macardier, which becomes the second Scholar of RMHF.

Then, Saturday, December 7, a ceremony was held at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in honor of Richard Morris Hunt and American architects graduates like him this prestigious school.

Maya Maria Foty, Laureate of the Richard morris Hunt fellowship Prize

RMH Prize - Maya Fotty - 2013

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Maya Maria Foty, Laureate of the Richard morris Hunt fellowship Prize

Honoring an american architect specialist in Heritage preservation

On November 13th, 2012, the RMHF French-American Jury meeting in Washington D.C recognized Mary M. Forty as the 2013 RMH Fellow.

Maya Maria Foty, AIA. LEED, AP, the 24th RMH Fellow.

Maya earned a double major of Bachelor of Art, in French and Arts History in 1991 from Mills College, Oakland, CA. She participated in the Roma Program, Palazzo Pio in Italy. In 1999, she received a Master degree in Architecture and a Certificate in Historical Preservation from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. In 2005, Maya completed her brilliant education with a Certificate of Conservation in Historic Buildings and Archeological Sites from Columbia University in New York City.
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First Richard Morris Hunt Scholar : five weeks in the USA historic industrial sites

by Isabelle Michard

RMH Prize - Isabelle Michard - 2012

It is fascinating and encouraging to see how a series of marvellous coincidences can flow from a single act. I have just had this experience!

On December 4, 2011, I applied for the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship. As the Architecte des Batimentsde France in Moselle, I work on behalf of the the Ministry of Culture to protect the built heritage in my region. I monitor the quality and integrity of protected zones around designated historic monuments. I met the RMHF Juryand presented my research topic: the industrial heritage of Moselle, which is known for its industry, its steel factories, and especially its coal mines. Today this area is deteriorating, its landscape is polluted and abandoned, and its future is in question, to say the least. I did not receive the Fellowship, but the jury, struck by the timeliness of my topic, decided to create the first RMH Scholar Residency. I became the first Hunt Scholar and was invited to spend five weeks researching in the United States.
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Conference in Paris Belleville, May 29


“Heritage Preservation in the USA and in the International Field.”
by Liz Newman (RMHF 1999) Portland – Maine and Yves Patrick Deflandre (RMHF 1997) New York

As conclusion of the RMHF Seminar 2012 “Regards Croises”, with the active support of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, of the American Embassy in Paris en presence de Philip Breeden Ministre Conseiller pour les Affaires Culturelles et d’Information, the Fellows presented a lecture introduced by Jean Pierre Bobenriether, Directeur de l‘ENSA Paris-Belleville, and Jean Pierre Midant.

Through their extensive experience, both architects explain their approach to the preservation of architectural heritage. They have achieved a method for resolving the numerous contradictions found in the historic and technical analysis as well as the many economic challenges. They demonstrate that their in-depth knowledge is essential for all projects local and on international level.

Liz Newman received her degrees from both Princeton and Columbia University. She worked for 15 years in various projects for the New York’s architectural history. At present she is pursuing her activities in Maine. As Director and Consultant of The Kathmandu Valley Trust, (KVPT – New York/Nepal) she supervises the restoration of the Royal Palace with the purpose of transforming it into a Nepalese Architectural national Museum.

Yves Patrick Deflandre graduated from the Pratt Institute of New York with Historical Preservation degree. Based in New York, he has restored there and in Connecticut, many buildings highly representatives of the 19th and 20th centuries including San Patrick Cathedral. Yves Patrick devotes all energy for the New York Rose Hill Preservation Association, where he resides.

Drinks will be served after the presentation.


Conclusions of seminary

by Jean-Christophe Simon (RMHF1993), Inspecteur Général des Patrimoines, Collège des Monuments Historiques and Ruth Todd FAIA (RMHF1994)

Page and Turnbull, Inc San Francisco (CA), Principal

RMH Fellows in Toulouse – Carcassonne – Albi

Those three days spent together in Toulouse gave us the opportunity to meet, exchange ideas with all the actors involved in preservation and heritage enhancement

  • Landowners and policy-makers
  • Project managers and general contractors
  • Scientific and technical control experts
  • Public institutions in charge of opening to the public policy
  • And let us not forget the artisans of another heritage: gastronomy. We have in mind the foie gras, and the elaborated wines served so generously by the Chateau de Serres.
    The continuity, the vitality of our common heritage, depends on the good will and the cross hands investment of all those actors with whom we cross ideas along these days of studies.
    Albi is the perfect synthesis of our work covering the three topics studied during our workshops:
  • The monument in its environment
  • The accessible monuments
  • The creation within monuments

From your contributions and reflexions, I shall retain that to be alive heritage has to be totally part of the city; that not only we work first for the inhabitants but also for the visitors and monument amateurs. I am deeply convinced that heritage is the common property of the nation and of humankind.

To have a real meaning it has to be accessible to all, it has to be part of everyone’s life.

We, French and American architects, share totally these opinions.

Our concerns bring us together. They are fully personified in the values of the Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship.

By those exchanges, by those “Regards Croisés”, clearly we understand how similar our worries are and how much we can bring to each other.

These crossed experiences, this network of the Fellows finds here its justification.

I, greatly and sincerely thank you for the value of your contribution and for the strength of your commitment.

Ruth Todd, FAIA adds:

Since 1994, not much have change in America regarding our preservation process. At reverse, I feel that in France, much has changed. Boundaries have expanded and urbanism is now an important issue in preservation. With the information age, technology makes it easier to communicate and participate.

We, the RMH Fellows, have achieved a critical mass and each year is raising the quality of the fellowship. We owe this to the commitment of our “chaperones”.