Awards and Honors for Charles & Ray Eames

Posted June 10, 2014

A comprehensive list of awards and honors accorded to Charles & Ray Eames.

 

Awards and appointments given to Charles are indicated with a (C). Those given to Ray are indicated with an (R), and those give to both of the Eameses are shows as (C&R).

1921 
High School Class President (C)

1924
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Scholarship to study architecture (C)
President of Freshman Class (C)

1936
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Fellowship (C)

American Abstract Artists
Founding Member (R)

1937
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Appointed Head of Department of Experimental Design (C)
(Originating department)

1940
Museum of Modern Art Organic Furniture Competition
First Prize in 2 categories, with Eero Saarinen and Ray (C)

1942
Arts & Architecture Magazine
Editorial Associate (C)
Editorial Advisory Board (R) 1942-52

1944
Museum of Modern Art
Design for Use Exhibit: plywood, splints, rudder skins,
stabilizer and sculptures (C&R)

1945
Arts & Architecture Magazine
Case Study House Program
Announcing houses #8 by Eames and #9 by Eames/Saarinen

1946
Museum of Modern Art, One-Man Show

1948
Museum of Modern Art
Low Cost Furniture Competition, 2nd Prize
Fiberglass Armchair

1951
First National Industrial Designers Institute Award for design of
Plastic Chair, medal awarded 06.21.51 (C)

1952
Home Fashions League
Trail Blazers Award (C)

1953
University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Visiting Faculty
Sample Lesson

University of California, Los Angeles, California
Visiting Faculty, “Sample Lesson”

University of California, Berkeley, California
Visiting Faculty
Basic design course for beginning architecture

1954
Decina Diploma di Medaglia d’Oro
Triennale di Milano (C)

Edinburgh International Film Festivals
Awards for Blacktop and Parade (C)

German State Department Cultural Exchange Program
Guest

1955
Kansas City Art Institute
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, awarded 05.26.55 (C)

1956
American Institute of Decorators
Citation of Merit for Excellence in Furniture Design for Lounge Chair (C)

1957
American Institute of Architects
100th Anniversary Gold Medal for Craftsmanship,
Excellence in furniture design and execution (C)
Certificate & Medal

Eleventh Triennale di Milano
Diploma di Gran Premio for Lounge Chair (C)
Gold ‘Craftsmanship’ Medal, 100th Anniversary
American Institute of Architects

Edinburgh International Film Festival Award
Toccata for Toy Trains (C)

1958
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Annual Alumni Award given on 02.21.58  (C)

Seventh Melbourne Film Festival
Toccata for Toy Trains July 1958

Edinburgh International Film Festival Award
Information Machine 08.24 – 09.14.58 (C&R) Directors

United States Department of State,
Brussels Universal and International Exhibition
Certificate “In Recognition of Public Service” October 1958 (C)

San Francisco International Film Festival Award
Day of the Dead (C)

1959
National Industrial Design Council of Canada Award
Stacking Chairs, awarded on 03.23.59 (C)  

Alcoa Industrial Design Award (C)

American Film Festival Trophy Award
Toccata for Toy Trains (C)

Lethaby Lecturer, Royal College of Art
Letter (C)

Annual Discourse, Royal Institute of British Architects
Letter and poster (C)

Emmy Award – Graphics
Fabulous Fifties CBS-TV 1959-60 (C&R)

1960
Philadelphia Museum College of Art Design Award 06.06.60 (C)

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts
Manufactures & Commerce Benjamin Franklin Fellow 06.13.60 (C)

Royal College of Art
Honorary Diploma Fellow
Designer of the Royal College of Art, 07.08.60

First Annual Kaufmann
International Design Award (C&R)

Royal Society of Arts
Royal Designer for Industry (C)
Letter

Scholastic Teachers’ 11th Annual Award
Toccata for Toy Trains (C)

Bennett School
Honorary Master of Arts (R)

1961
Festival International du Film de Montreal
Mathematical Peepshows, House, Introduction to Feedback,
Kaleidoscope, Merry Go Round, Math Peep Shows, and
Eames Contact Storage

Internationale Filmwoche, Mannheim, Germany
Award for: Introduction to Feedback, Jazz Chair,
Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair, IBM Mathematical Peep Shows, ECS (C&R)

1962
California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, 06.15.62 (C)

National Home Fashions League, Inc.
Gold Key Award, 07.12.62 (C)

1963
Melbourne Film Festival
Selected for participation
The Information Machine and Introduction for Feedback

London Film Festival
Outstanding Film of the Year
IBM Mathematical Peep Shows (C&R)

First Domus Obelisk Award, Milan (C&R)

Lithographers and Printers National Association
Certificate of Award for Herman Miller Stock Certificate (C&R)

1964
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, diploma awarded 10.06.64 (C)

New York Chapter of The American Institute of Architects
One of four top awards for excellence in design
Awarded November 1964 to Eero Saarinen & Associates and
Charles Eames for the IBM Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair  (C)

California Governor Edmund G. Brown’s Appointment to “Conference on Good Design,” 12.08.64 (C)

New York Worlds Fair, 1964-1965
A Remembrance from the Pavilion Staff
Medal

1965
Art Director’s Club, New York
President’s Medal of Honor, 04.14.65 (C)

Industrial Designers Society of America Membership, 04.19.65 (C)

Architectural League of New York
Design & Craftsmanship Tandem Seating
Honorable Mention awarded 10.15.65 (C)

1966
Eurodomus, Genoa Fair
First International Exhibition of the Modern House,
Inspired by the Magazine DOMUS
Honorary Diploma, April 30 – May 15, 1966 (C&R)

1967
American Institute of Architects
Southern California Chapter
Grand Prix Architectural Award for Eames House, 09.01.67

Philadephia College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alumni Association Medal of Merit (C)

Society of Industrial Artists and Designers of Great Britain
Design Medal for sustained quality (C)

Centro Investigacion de Diseno Industrial, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Furniture Design Awards for Aluminum Group Side & Arm Chair,
Fiberglass Chairs, Lobby & Executive Desk Chair and Segmented Table

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, Illinois
“To Ray and Charles Eames Who Have Shed so Much Light”
(Small Ancient Palestinian oil lamp from 4th-7th Century AD, mounted on wood)
Special Award (C&R)

1968
Professional Photographic West
“Honorary Life Membership Awarded by Professional Photographers West,” 01.01.68

International Review of Exhibition Design
3rd Biennial of Applied Graphic Arts,
Brno, Czechoslavakia Participation certificate, 09.22.68 (C)

Atlanta International Film Festival
Computer Glossary
Bronze Medal (C)

Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, Illinois
Special Award (C&R)

1969
The Council of Design Art, Bonn, Germany
International Committee of Adjudicators
First prize for Aluminum Group Chair 680S (C)
Second Prize for Molded Plywood Chairs DCM (C)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Arts Commission (C)

Atlanta International Film Festival
Bronze Medal
Computer Glossary (C)

Industrial Designers Society of America
Editorial Board (C)

Art Directors’ Club of New York

49th Annual Exhibition
Certificate of Merit to the Eames Office for Aquarium Booklet

Young Men’s Christian Association
Century Club Plaque (C)

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Appointed Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry for 1970-71

1970
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Boston Fellow
Certificate & Announcement, 05.13.70 (C)
Membership

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Honorary Doctor of Arts
Diploma and Small Medal awarded 06.01.70 (C)

American Institute of Interior Designers Honorary Fellow, 8.29.70 (C)

Austrian Gold Medal for Furniture, December 1970 (C)

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry
Lecture series from October 1970 – September 1971 (C)

National Council on the Arts
Six Year Appointment (President Nixon)
October 27, 1970 – September 3, 1976 (C)

Atlanta International Film Festival
Gold Medal
Powers of Ten (C)

Olive and Tom Watson, IBM
“Towers We Build Together” trophy (C&R)

Printing Industries of America
Graphic Arts Award
Certificate of Award for Aquarium Booklet (C)

Manchester Polytechnic, England
Honorary Fellow (C)

U.S.A. Film Festival
Selected for participation in the 1971 festival
Powers of Ten

1971
German Industrial Exhibition Certificate
House of Cards, 11.06.71

USA Film Festival
Award for Powers of Ten

Massachussetts Institute of Technology
Visiting Committee on the Arts (C)

Audience Magazine Editorial Board (C)

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Steering Committee (C)
House of Cards

1972
American Institute of Architects
Industrial Arts Medal certificate, May 1972 (C)

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Certificate for Tops and A Small Hydromedusan, 11.17.72 (C&R)

University of California, Los Angeles, California
Audience Magazine Editorial Board (C)
School of Architecture & Urban Planning Board of Visitors (C)

UCLA – School of Architecture & Urban Planning
Board of Visitors (C)

Smithsonian Institute
Certificate of Contributing Membership (C&R)

1973
20th Sydney Film Festival
Selected for Exhibition
Tops  May 29 – June11, 1973

17th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival
Special Jury Award
SX-70 October 17 – 28, 1973 (C )

American Institute of Graphic Arts
Fifty Books for the Year, 1972 award for Computer Perspective Book

Melbourne Film Festival
Selected for participation
Tops

Museum of Modern Art
Furniture by Charles Eames Exhibition

Triennale di Milano
Diploma di collaborazione (C)

1974
American Institute of Architects California Council
Distinguished Service Citation, 11.15.74 (C&R)

American Philosophical Society
Penrose Memorial Lectures (C)

Associated Councils of the Arts
Board of Directors (C)

Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Filmex)
Acknowledgement of participation
“View from the People Wall” (C&R)

1975
American Society of Interior Designers (A.S.I.D.)
New York Metropolitan Chapter
Elsie De Wolfe Award, 04.09.75 (C&R)

New York International Animation Festival
Bronze Praexinoscope Award
Exponents, 10.01.75 (C & Ray Redheffer)

Federal Design Council
Award of Excellence, Design Response Exhibition
Franklin & Jefferson Exhibit Package, 11.21.75 (C)

American Council for the Arts in Education
Panel Member (R)

Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (C.I.N.E.)
Golden Eagle Award for SX-70 and Exponents

Columbus International Film Festival
Bronze Chris Plaque Award for SX-70, Exponents, and Alpha (C)

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
Membership (C)
Membership (R)

1976
University of Southern California
Honorary Doctor of Laws, 01.27.76
Diploma & certificate (C)

United States Information Agency
Outstanding Service Award
The World of Franklin & Jefferson, March 1976 (C&R)

Missouri Historical Society
Brass Card #399
The World of Franklin & Jefferson 04.19.76

20th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival
Participation, Communication Competition
Something about Photography, October 13 – 24, 1976 (C&R)

Montreal Psychics Film Exposition & Festival
First Prize for Powers of Ten

Herman Miller, Inc.
30 Year Award, January 1976 (C&R)
Poster & watches

Melbourne Film Festival
Selected for Participation
Exponents

Industrial Design: The 1976 Design Review for Excellence of Design
The World of Franklin & Jefferson
Sselected for Review

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Annenberg School of Communications (C&R)

Printing Industries of America
Certificate of Award
Timeline: The World of Franklin & Jefferson (C&R)

National Endowment for the Arts
IBM, Herman Miller Inc., Westinghouse and UCLA Arts Council
The exhibition Connections: The Work of Charles & Ray Eames opens at UCLA

Southern California Chapter of American Institute of Architects
Honorary Associate Members (C&R)

1977
California Museum of Science & Industry
Muses Woman of the Year 02.10.77 (R)

American Institute of Architects, Southern California Chapter
Honorary Associate Members, February 1977 (C&R)

La Universidad Nacional “Federico Villarreal,” Lima, Peru Profesor Honorario
Certificate & medal, 05.20.77 (C)

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in Communications Design (R)
Honorary Doctor of Science in Industrial Design (C)
05.27.77

Michigan State University
Honorary Doctor of Humanities
Diploma & medal, 06.11.77 (C)

John H. Poelker, Mayor, St. Louis
Key to St. Louis & Gateway Arch of St. Louis
Trophy 09.11.77 (C)

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
Connections Exhibition, Laumeier Gallery
September 11 – October 23, 1977

“To Charles Eames with appreciation and best wishes,”
from Betty Ford & Gerald A. Ford for serving on National Council on the
Arts

University of California, Los Angeles, California
Regents’ Professor, Winter Quarter (C)

American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters
Institute Membership (C)

Alliance Graphique Internationale
Members (C&R)

American Institute of Graphic Arts
Medalist Award (C&R)

1977 Robinson’s Design Award
Certificate & medal (C&R)

Max Factor Award (C&R)

Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (C.I.N.E.)
1977 Golden Eagle
The Look of America, 1750-1800

13th Chicago International Film Festival
Silver Plaque
The Look of America, 1750-1800”  (C&R)

Printing Industries of America
Certificate of Award
Images of Early America booklet

1978
University of Cincinnati
Honorary Degrees
Doctor of Fine Arts (C&R)
Diploma awarded 01.17.78

Bucknell University
Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
Folder & diploma awarded 05.28.78 (C)

National Association of Schools of Arts
Citation for Distinguished Contributions to the Visual Arts, 10.09.78 (C)

22nd Annual San Francisco International Film Festival
Participation, Communication Competition October 4 – 10, 1978 (C&R)
Powers of Ten and Cezanne: The Late Work

Annenberg School of Communications

American Institute of Architects
1978 Twenty-five Year Award
The Charles Eames Residence (C&R)

20th Annual American Film Festival
Selected for screening
The Look of America, 1750-1800

Birmingham International Film Festival
Certificate of Recognition
The Look of America, 1750-1800

Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (C.I.N.E.)
1978 Golden Eagle
Powers of Ten (C&R)

Greater Miami International Film
Gold Medal Scientific Research
Powers of Ten (C&R)

Fourth Federal Design
Certificate of appreciation (R)

1979
The Learning A.V. Awards, Palo Alto, CA
Best Films and Filmstrips of the Year,
1978-1979 Award for Powers of Ten

International Science & Technology Tokyo Film Contest Certificate of Participation
Powers of Ten, April 15 – 21 1979

XVII Festival Internazionale Del Film Di Fantascienza, Trieste, Italy
Diploma of Participation
Powers of Ten,  July 7 – 14, 1979

XVII Festival Internazionale Del Film Di Fantascienza, Trieste, Italy
Silver Medal of Trieste
Power of Ten

23rd San Francisco International Film Festival
Honorable Mention
Degas in the Metropolitan, October 10 – 21, 1979

27th Annual Columbus Film Festival
The Chris Statuette
Powers of Ten, 10.25.79 (C&R)

10th International Film Festival of Scientific Films
By the Editors of O Globo, Rio de Janero
Powers of Ten, November 5 – 12, 1979

American Film Festival Selection for Screening
Powers of Ten

American Film Festival, New York
Red Ribbon Award
Powers of Ten

Information Film Producers of America, Inc.
Bronze Cindy plaque & certificate
Powers of Ten

8th International Film Festival of Scientific Technique, Brussels, Belgium
Participation Certificate
Powers of Ten

8th International Festival of Scientific and Technical Films Katovice, Poland
Powers of Ten

11th International Festival of Technical/Scientific Films, Belgrad, Yugoslavia
Powers of Ten

Valley Forge Honor Certificate Award
The Look of America, 1750-1800 (C&R)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Gold Medal Award
Model & poster June 1979 (C&R)

International Short Film Festival
Diploma of Participation, Moscow, 1979

Council on International Non-Theatrical Events (C.I.N.E.)
1979 Golden Eagle Award
Degas in the Metropolitan

1980
Art Center College of Design
50th Anniversary Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement (C&R)

13th Annual Film Festival, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Certificate of Participation
Degas in the Metropolitan

11th International Festival of Technical/Scientific Films, Belgrad, Yugoslavia
Powers of Ten

Midcon/80, Electronic Show and Convention, Dallas, Texas
Best Film
Powers of Ten

Modern Language Film Festival, Middleburg, Vermont
Golden A Award, 2nd Place in French Category
Powers of Ten (French)

Film Theater of Wescon/80
Presented to Pyramid Films
Powers of Ten

1981
IBM grant to the Library of Congress
for acquisition of papers & working materials of the Office of Charles and Ray Eames 10.16.81

Who’s Who Historical Society, California
Certificate of Recognition, August 1981 (R)

Certificate of Recognition-R 8/81
Industrial Designers Society of America
Honorary Membership (R)

Women’s Architectural League, Los Angeles Chapter, Inc.
Honorary Membership (R)

Arts & Architecture Editorial Board (R)

Society of Typographic Arts
100 Show
Judge (R)

1982
Cranbrook Academy of Arts
Saarinen Medal, Special Tribute, May 1982 (C&R)

State of Michigan Special Tribute
Senate Certificate recognizing Saarinen Medal, 05.06.82 (C&R)
Science Media Conference, Museums & Toy Panel (R)

Herman Miller’s Eames Memorial Program
14 Eames films placed in 10 universities, with memorial lectures, 05.07.82

Los Angeles County Museum
Modern & Contemporary Arts Council Award for Distinguished Achievement, 09.24.82 (R)

Arts & Architecture Editorial Board (R)

Science Media Conference
Museums & Toys Panel (R)

IDSA Honorary Membership (R)

1983
Rhode Island School of Design
Board of Trustees (R)

1984
Los Angeles Design Alliance
Executive Committee, Founding Member 01.25.84 (R)

Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design
A division of the New School for Social Research
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts
Diploma & citations, 05.25.84 (R)

American Institute of Architects/Olympic Architects, 84/84 Committee
Certificate of Commendation, 06.15.84
Architect 84/84 Los Angeles Medal

Art Directors Club, New York
Hall of Fame, 10.26.84 (C)

American Institute of Graphic Arts
Membership Certificate, 11.15.84 (R)

National Endowment for the Arts
Presidential Design Award
The World of Franklin & Jefferson (C&R)

Presidential Design Awards/Federal Design Achievement Award
Award for Exhibits Service of the U.S. Information Agency in Recognition of their
Contribution to Excellence in Design for the Government of the United States of America

1985
International Congress of Societies of Industrial Designers
Special Trophy, “Most Influential Designer of the 20th Century,” 08.21.85 (C)
World Design 85 Medal

Industrial Designers Society of America, Washington, D.C.
Fourteenth International Congress of Societies of Industrial Designers
“In Honor of the Past Presidents, Fellows and Life Members” 08.23.85 (R)

Marquis Who’s Who Publications Board
Who’s Who in America, Forty-Third Edition 1984-1985 (R)

1986
Massachusetts College of Art
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, May 1986

5th Annual Women’s Building, Los Angeles, California
Vesta Award: “Honoring women who have made significant contributions
to the arts in Los Angeles”
Design Arts, 12.19.86 (R)

National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India
Memorial Recognition: “The Charles Eames Award”
Biennial citation and grant to honor design endeavours in industry and
communication for the benefit of humankind, December 1986

No Date
The American Institute of Graphic Arts Award
for A Computer Perspective as one of the 50 Books of the Year

“Towers We Built Together” Olive and Tom Watson (C&R)

Small Key to St. Louis
Gateway Arch
Given to Charles by Mayor John H. Poelker

YMCA Century Club Plaque  (C)