The American Institute of Architects has honored Ginnie Cooper, DC's Chief Librarian, with a 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture for her work to raise public awarenesss of neighborhood libraries through quality design. Since she began her work with the DC Public Library (DCPL) in 2006, 14 libraries have been renovated or rebuilt.
The award recognizes Cooper in the public official category for "promoting design excellence." On the award announcement page, Cooper is "credited for the recent renaissance in library construction and renovation in the nation’s capital."
In a prepared statement, Cooper said, “The Library has been working hard to transform buildings and services. This award helps validate that the District is offering residents the world-class Library they deserve.”
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library, which suffered extensive damage from a fire in 2007, underwent a restoration and renovation that Cooper helped unveil in October 2010.
"This is an incredible building. It really is a gift to the community, from the community," said Cooper when the Georgetown library re-opened in 2010.
DC Mayor Vincent Gray praised Coooper for her "leadership."
“Not only has she transformed our public library system, but she has brought some of the world’s most innovative, beautiful and sustainable architecture to neighborhoods all over D.C. Her work has beautified our city and inspired more residents to visit and use their libraries,” said Gray.