Award Ceremony: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:00pm EST
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Everardo Jefferson said that Rowena was pivotal in his life "in ways she’d never understand". The Rowena Fund is happy to present him with the 2020 Rowena Award and also to honor Billy Cotton with the Young Rowena Award. This will mark the 30th year of the Rowena Award program since Gina Caspi won the first award in 1990.
Everardo Jefferson BID ’68 is an architect who spent the last forty years creating modern designs that engage with the cultures and communities of New York. Jefferson studied at Pratt under Ivan Rigby, Bill Folger, and Rowena Reed. When he continued his education at the Yale School of Architecture, he took with him an understanding and attention to form, building a design philosophy centered on the experience of a place. Rowena had a great impact on Jefferson’s education that stayed with him throughout his career.
He co-founded Caples Jefferson Architects with Sara Caples, and for over thirty years they have focused their work on public and institutional clients, committed to engaging in the needs of the community. They are currently designing new institutional homes for The Africa Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. They won the AIA NY President’s Award in 2017 and State Firm of the Year in 2012, they were named City of New York MWBE of the Year in 2009; and the Architecture League of NY dubbed them Emerging Voices back in 1998. Jefferson has taught at colleges and universities, most recently as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale School of Architecture. He is a New York City Landmarks Preservation Commissioner. Check out his work: capjeff.com
The young Rowena Award winner is interior and furniture designer Billy Cotton BID ’07. Billy founded his own company while freelancing for Domino magazine just after graduation. In 2010 he launched a tableware line at Bergdorf Goodman, in 2017 was added to the AD100. In 2019 he was named Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Home. “The teachings of Rowena are the bedrock of all my success and skill as a designer,” he says. “They acted as a Rosetta Stone for my brain, allowing me to see form and proportion in ways I never thought possible.” Check out his work: billycotton.com
The Rowena Award recognizes people who advance the principles of design that Rowena Reed Kostellow developed and rewards those who have excelled with their application. They join 28 other champions of the Abstract Principles of Visual Relationships who have received the award, including: Gina Caspi, Ivan Rigby, Eva Zeisel, Gerald Gulotta, William Fogler, Eugene Grossman, Ralph Appelbaum, James Fulton, Louis Nelson and Judy Collins, Bruce Hannah, Ted Muehling, Lucia N. DeRespinis, Tom Patti, Leonard Bacich, Bill Katavolos, Charles Pollock, Ruth Shuman, RitaSue Siegel, Linda Celentano, Dr. Tom Schutte, and John Cafaro, Dean and Sandra Richardson and Rowena Young Designer awardees, Ariana Zarillo, Cindy Juett, Rene Bouchara and Simon Hamui.
Since 1997 the Fund has awarded thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships encouraging students’ commitment to excellence. The trophy is created this year by Hannah Fink with her teacher Kate Hixon and fabricated by Tarik Currumbhoy.
Learn more at rowenafund.org.