Designer Cailin Shannon has been named the winner of the Award for Emerging Excellence in the Classical Tradition. Now in its second year, the Award is a collaboration between the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), The Prince’s Foundation (PF), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU). Open to applicants from around the world, the Award aims to shine a light on exceptional talent exhibited by one young professional in classical and traditional architecture, landscape and interior design, building crafts, urban design and planning, and the allied arts.

Shannon graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture in 2008, where she was Valedictorian. As a Fulbright Program Student Researcher, she studied “Cultural Conservation in Traditional Hindu Housing Design” in Delhi and Ahmedabad, India. Shannon has worked for Opticos Design Inc. – an urban design, architecture, and planning firm – in Berkeley, CA since 2010 and currently is a Lead Designer there. She is also pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where her thesis is entitled “Rethinking the Nature of Architecture: Ecological Context in Aesthetic Experience.”

 “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award. Engagement with beautiful, historic, place-making traditions is an indispensable resource for forming better built environments today, whether seeking to repair urban sprawl or to live more enjoyably and sustainably with our natural world,” said Shannon, who was selected by an international jury. “I am proud to help advance the ongoing tradition in creating meaningful places for human living.”

“The ICAA is delighted to recognize Cailin, who has already done so much to learn from, engage with, and contribute to our built environment," said ICAA President Peter Lyden. “We are honored to continue working alongside the Prince's Foundation and INTBAU to celebrate those, like Cailin, who serve as leaders and examples to emerging design professionals around the world.”

Harriet Wennberg, INTBAU Executive Director, said: “Cailin’s work demonstrates an intelligent and skillful ability to improve the built environment and create better places to live. Her desire to continue her education alongside professional practice is inspiring. INTBAU is thrilled to have collaborated with the ICAA and The Prince’s Foundation for the second time on this award.”

"We are delighted that Cailin has been awarded this prestigious prize," said Simon Sadinsky, Head of Education for The Prince's Foundation. "Cailin's incredible talent and hard work stands as an example to future students of traditional and classical architecture. The Prince's Foundation continues to train the world's next generation of architects, craftspeople, and designers and is very proud to be collaborating with the ICAA and INTBAU on awarding our very best practitioners."

Cailin Shannon will be honored at a ceremony on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in New York City. She will also be acknowledged before the audience at the Arthur Ross Awards the following evening and receive a $2,500 cash prize.