Lee Nelson Award

APT established the Lee Nelson Award in 2000 to recognize outstanding and influential books in the field of preservation technology. This award is a tribute to the late Lee Nelson, an outstanding preservationist, APT founder, and long-time editor of the APT Bulletin. It is conferred every three years. 

The most recent Lee Nelson Award was presented in 2015 to Historic England for Practical Building Conservation Series.

In 2012 the Lee Nelson Award was presented to Donald Friedman for Historic Building Construction published by W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC. An Honorable Mention Award was presented to Jeffrey Chusid for Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials and Modernity also published by W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

The 2009 Lee Nelson Award was presented to Theodore H.M. Prudon, FAIA for Preservation of Modern Architecture published by JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC.  In 2006 the Lee Nelson Award was presented to William B. Rose for WATER IN BUILDINGS: An Architect's Guide to Moisture and Mold published by JOHN WILEY & SONS, INC. 

The Lee Nelson Award was presented in 2003 to Graham Tilly for his book entitled Conservation of Bridges. A joint project of Gifford and Partners and England's Highways Agency, Conservation of Bridges, billed itself as "the first publication to be devoted solely to the conservation of all bridges." The book includes an appendix of Highways Agency bridges constructed up to 1915, a bridge index, and a general index, as well as tables in many of the chapters that summarize the detailed text. Conservation of Bridges was published by Spon Press.

APT conferred the first Lee Nelson Award in 2000 to Dr. Brian Ridout for Timber Decay in Buildings: A Conservation Approach to Treatment. Commissioned as a joint undertaking by English Heritage and Historic Scotland in association with Spon Press, this book synthesized and expanded upon existing knowledge about the complex interactions among wood, decay organisms, and the building environment and provided a practical conservation framework for decision-making.

The next Lee Nelson Award is scheduled for 2018.