Awards & Scholarships

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The Liberty Awards

The revamped Liberty Awards program highlights the outstanding efforts made by firms and individuals with a passion for the AEC industry. With expanded categories in both the Marketing Communications awards and Professional Achievement awards, it’s a wonderful opportunity to recognize our industry’s Bold, Brilliant, and Best.

The Marketing Communications Awards

Brand Identity

Has your company’s brand gotten a makeover in the past two years? Submit your new graphic and/or marketing standard for review! Whether you’ve updated your firm’s color scheme, format and/or layout of marketing collateral (e.g. resumes, proposals, logo, presentation templates, business cards, etc.), we want to see your new look!

  • Past Winners :
  • 2017 Mathews Neilsen Landscape Architects (1st Place)
    Cerami & Associates (2nd Place)
    Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (Honorable Mention)
  • 2016 ERA Consulting Structural Engineers
  • 2015 The Berman Group
Website

Your firm’s online presence is one of its most important marketing tools. If you’ve implemented a new design for your external website and/or mobile site in the past two years, show off your designs here.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2017 HLB Lighting Design (1st Place)
    Shen Milsom & Wilke (2nd Place)
    PKSB Architects (Honorable Mention)
  • 2016 ARUP
  • 2015 Fieldlens
Promotional Campaign

A promotional campaign is both labor-intensive and detail-oriented – let us celebrate your firm’s hard work! We are looking for a comprehensive, multi-tactic campaign that took place over an extended period of time to promote a specific message, event, program, or project. The campaign must include a combination of media – print, digital, or multimedia – and implementation strategies. Print or digital entries accepted.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2017 BuroHappold Engineering (1st Place)
    LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (2nd Place)
    Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (Honorable Mention)
Event / Holiday Piece

Does your company have a knack for hosting events? If so, submit an event or holiday piece you’re especially proud of! Think holiday cards, party invitations, giveaways, guest gifts, etc. Print or digital entries accepted.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2017 HLB Lighting Design (1st Place)
    FXFOWLE (2nd Place)
    LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Honorable Mention)
  • 2016 HLB Lighting Design
  • 2015 EYP
Social Media

How social is your company? We’re looking for blogs, networking sites (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook), content-sharing sites (e.g. Del.icio.us, YouTube, Flickr), or news sites (e.g. Digg, Reddit) that utilize the platform to promote your firm while engaging its audience. Some statistics to include: Did you grow your client base with a targeted campaign or post? How do your shares, followers, retweets, etc. represent your firm’s social success? Print or digital entries accepted.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2016 HLB Lighting Design
  • 2015 SOM
Newsletter

If you use an external, client-focused newsletter to highlight your firm’s projects, new hires, successes, etc., submit your publication! Print or digital entries accepted.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2017 HLB Lighting Design (1st Place)
    BuroHappold Engineering (2nd Place)
    LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Honorable Mention)
Specific Project Marketing

If your company went above and beyond to win a specific project, let us know what you did! Submissions can include one item or a series of items, including qualification packages, proposals, presentations, leave-behinds, or other pieces that contributed to the total effort. Print or digital entries accepted.

Direct Mail Program

Did your firm produce a successful direct mail program? Explain how you used a targeted campaign (including video, pamphlets, postcards, emails, and/or announcements) to reach a specific target audience. Print or digital entries accepted.

Feature Writing

If a member of your firm is a real wordsmith, highlight his or her work! Submissions can include an article or white paper, published in print or online, written to meet a public-relations objective. Next writing assignment: the acceptance speech.

The Professional Achievement Awards

Vanguard of the Year

This award salutes a senior-level professional who actively promotes the strategic vision and values of the company and fosters a culture throughout his or her firm that encourages all staff, administrative or technical, to contribute to their marketing, business development, and public relations efforts. To be eligible for the Torch Award, this candidate must be a mid- to high-level professional with the authority to make decisions for the firm and have at least 15 years of industry experience (3 of them at the current firm). The candidate must also be an SMPS New York member in good standing. Please note, current SMPS New York board members are not eligible to enter.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 David Golab, Superstructures Engineers + Architects
  • 2017 Sarah Nolan Hoff, Hoffhaus Creative
Marketer of the Year

This award salutes a marketer’s achievement, extraordinary leadership, and significant contributions to his or her firm’s marketing success during the past year. To be eligible for the Crown Award, this candidate must be a mid- to senior-level marketer who demonstrates a passion for out-of-the-box thinking, creativity, and communication skills. The candidate must have between 5 and 15 years of industry experience and be an SMPS New York member in good standing.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 Matthew Barlow, Dattner Architects
  • 2017 Carrie Villani, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers
Rising Star of the Year

This award salutes a marketer who has shown dedication to the chapter through committee involvement and has the potential to become one of the industry’s shining stars. To be eligible for the Pedestal Award, the candidate must have less than 5 years of industry experience and be an SMPS New York member in good standing.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 Elizabeth Bellsey, BAM Architecture Studio
  • 2017 Genesis Vasquez, HLB Lighting Design
Mary Findlen Professional Development Scholarship

This award supports SMPS New York’s mission to promote the continued advancement of new talent within our industry. This grant is open to mid-level marketing, communications, and business-development professionals with approximately 3 to 7 years’ experience. Candidates must also have a minimum of one year of SMPS New York membership.

Recipients of the grant will receive full registration to the SMPS Build Business Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, from July 12 through July 14. The award includes conference registration, round-trip airfare/transportation, and three nights’ hotel accommodations. Please note, current SMPS New York board members are not eligible to enter.

Click here to read about our 2016 winner, Erika Capek, and her trip to Build Business 2016!

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 Nathan Reyna, Mancini Duffy
  • 2016 Erika Capek, BuroHappold Engineering
  • 2015 Kourtenay Mott, One Lux Studio
Humanitarian of the Year

The recipient of the Humanitarian Award exemplifies a spirit of generosity towards our members, co-workers, and the larger community resulting in notable impact in the past year. Eligible candidates are mid-to-senior level marketers with at least 5 years of experience in our industry and a track record of service.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 Katherine DeMercurio, Marketing & Communications Manager, EverGreene Architectural Arts
President’s Cup

This trophy is awarded by the chapter president to the SMPS New York member who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the chapter through volunteerism, enthusiasm, and overall championship of the chapter’s initiatives.

  • Past Winners :
  • 2018 Sarah Nolan Hoff, Hoffhaus Creative
  • 2017 Michael McCann, The Clarient Group
  • 2016 Alexis Newman, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
  • 2015 Patricia Neumann, Accu-Cost Construction Consultants, Inc. & Martha Huguet, Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers
  • 2014 Alicia Koledin, Alicia L. Koledin LLC
  • 2013 Lauren Hlavenka D’Urso, Gensler
CPSM Certification

Where marketing credentials are indicative of integrity and authority!

Professional Development

Where the ease of learning industry trends results in great networking!

Leadership Programs

Where we recognize, support, and encourage the development of leadership as it manifests at every level of one’s marketing career.