The veteran broadcaster Charlie Rose has been awarded the 2014 Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Known for his interviews of leading figures in politics, business, and culture, Rose has featured numerous architects on his eponymous talk show.
Created in 1999 in the name the Yale architectural historian Vincent Scully, the prize was established to honor “exemplary practice, scholarship, or criticism in architecture, historic preservation, and urban design,” according to the mission statement from the museum. Previous winners have included Jane Jacobs, Robert Venturi, the Prince of Wales, and Robert A.M. Stern.
The jury for the prize includes architects Deborah Berke, Gary Haney, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, David Schwarz, and Ned Cramer, editor-in-chief of Architect. Some might argue Rose’s contribution to architecture is less substantial than those of previous winners, but the jury would disagree. “Charlie Rose is to television what Vince Scully is to the written word,” Cramer said in a statement.
“One of the great joys of spending twenty-five years at the table is meeting a cross-section of the best in culture and science and technology,” said Rose in a statement. “I have a special place for the men and women who inspire us with the buildings they create. Architecture is a passion of mine and I’ve been proud to know not only architects but also those who teach, assess, and love great buildings. Architecture is one of the reflections of the permanence of a civilization.”
Rose’s longtime romantic companion, former New York City Planning Chair Amanda Burden, will present him with the award. Frank Gehry will also pay tribute to Rose during the gala ceremony on November 18.