School of the Arts to Honor Preservation Champion Adele Chatfield-Taylor

The School of the Arts at the College of Charleston will present Adele Chatfield-Taylor, former President and CEO of the the American Academy in Rome, with the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence during a ceremony on October 27, 2022.

Albert Simons Medal of Excellence Honors Former Faculty Member Albert Simons (1890-1980), who had a hugely influential 60-year career as an architect and curator in Charleston. Simons also led the founding of the School of the Arts 35 years ago. The medal recognizes qualified individuals who have excelled in one or more of the areas in which Simons excelled, including civic design, architectural design, historic preservation, and urban planning. This year’s award includes a $10,000 prize generously donated by Albert and Theodora Simons III.

Presented by the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program at the School of the Arts, the Simons Medal will be awarded to Chatfield-Taylor at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, at the College’s School of Science and Mathematics, Room 129 (202 Calhoun Street). The event will include a talk by Chatfield-Taylor about her conservation work at the American Academy in Rome, as well as her efforts to hire celebrity chef Alice Waters to create the Rome Sustainable Food Project, which brings chefs from the United States to explore sustainable Italian food traditions and cook for Academy guests.

The Simons Medal is awarded annually by the School of the Arts’ Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program. Past recipients of the Simons Medal include Peter Pennoyer, Robert AM Stern, His Royal Highness King Charles III, Mayor of Charleston Joseph P. Riley, Richard Hampton Jenrette, Thomas Gordon Smith, John D. Milner, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and Allan Greenberg.