Harley J. McKee Award

The Harley J. McKee Award, the highest honor bestowed by APT, recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of preservation technology. 

First presented in 1985, this award is named for the late Harley J. McKee (1905-1976), the second president of APT, and a Professor of Architecture, most remembered for his 21 year teaching career at Syracuse University. 

Mr. McKee graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Architecture in 1926.  In 1929 he received his M.A. in Architecture. He also obtained a Certificate in Architecture from the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York in 1929.  He received the Brevet d'histoire de l'art from the Université de Paris, France in 1930.  McKee also studied at the Atelier Pontremoli in Paris.

Before Mr. McKee became a professor at Syracuse University in 1946, his career also included positions at the University of Illinois from 1926-28, The Ohio State University from 1928-30, the University of Minnesota from 1930-31, and the University of Cincinnati first as an Assistant Professor and then moving up to Associate Professor, from 1940 to 1946. 

From 1959 to 1966 he served as field supervisor of summer teams for the Historic American Buildings Survey, in 1968 compiling his work and that of others into the text Recording Historic Buildings, first publishing in 1970.  His 1973 book Introduction to Early American Masonry, Stone, Brick, Mortar, and Plaster, published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, was the first to document the history and technology of those building materials in North America for a preservation audience.

Harley J. McKee Award Recipients

2018 Ronald W. Anthony
2017 Frances Gale
2016 George Wheeler
2015 Mike Jackson
2014 Julia Gersovitz
2013 Robert Silman
2012  Jean Carroon
2011  David C. Fischetti  
2010  Giorgio Torraca
2009  David Look
2008  Francois LeBlanc
2007  Sharon C. Park
2006  Hugh C. Miller
2005  Stefan Michalski
2004  Jeanne Marie Teutonico
2003  David G. Woodcock
2001  Charles e. Fisher
2000  Nicholas Gianopulos
1999  Donald Insall
1998  Thomas H. Taylor Jr.
1997  Clem Labine
1996  Susan Buggey
1995  John G. Waite
1994  Martin Segger
1993  Martin Weaver
1992  James Marston Fitch
1991  Gary Hume
1990  Frank E. Sanchis
1989  Norman R. Weiss
1988  Founders of APT:  Alice Alison, David W. Bartlett, Gerald Budner, Jacques Dalibard, Oliver Torrey Fuller (represented by Judith Fuller), George MacBeath, Pierre Mayrand, Jeanne Minhinnick, Lee Nelson, William J. Patterson, Charles E. Peterson, A.J.H “Jack” Richardson, Peter John Stokes,
1987  Jerry G. Stockbridge
1986  Jan Anderson
1985  Lee H. Nelson