Jack Bloodgood, Class of 2008*
Perhaps more than any other architect of the late 20th century, Jack Bloodgood was responsible for bringing a design sensibility to mainstream housing. A product of architect-built housing in Westchester County, north of New York City, he set out to proliferate the concept of lifestyle-oriented merchant-built housing and neighborhood planning. Bloodgood’s designs incorporated outdoor living spaces and family rooms, among other modern floor plan features, as well as neighborhood models with narrower streets and a variety of façades to enable individualism within mass production.
Bloodgood helped convince the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) to change its minimum property standards and enable more innovative designs and materials. He helped move the American Institute of Architect’s Housing Committee to a private-sector focus and co-founded the NAHB Design Committee to influence and assist builders in bringing a higher level of design to the industry. He won 36 BALA Awards and numerous other industry honors.
Dana Eggerts, Class of 2014
Dana Eggerts is founder of Creative Design Concepts (CDC), an interior design firm based in Southern California, specializing in model homes, apartment communities, sales offices and leasing centers. CDC Designs believes in creating that perfect balance of interiors and lifestyle, creating settings that offer a blend of the aspirational and the accessible.
Habitat for Humanity, Class of 2017
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit, working in more than 1,300 communities throughout the United States and in more than 70 countries.
Families and individuals in need of a hand partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat home owners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, Habitat empowers lower-income families.
*Has passed away since receiving the award.