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Michael C. Duda Preservation Awards

Duda Awards


The Texas Historical Foundation is proud to host the bi-annual Michael C. Duda Preservation Awards


The Texas Historical Foundation's Michael C. Duda Preservation Awards event pays tribute to the legacy of architect and former THF board member Michael C. Duda by acknowledging outstanding preservation efforts in Texas. The selected projects have significant effects on our state's heritage education and tourism and receive grants to assist in the completion of their projects.

The inaugural 2024 Michael C. Duda Preservation Awards event took place on April 20, 2024. The next event will take place in 2026, with applications available in mid-2025. Be sure to sign up for our email list to be notified when the application process begins. 


2024 Awards

Top Prize $100,000 Winner of the 2024 Duda Preservation Award will receive $100,000 towards the completion of their preservation project.
Second Place $30,000 Second highest scoring project will be recognized with an Honor Award and $30,000 toward the project completion.
Third Place $20,000 Third highest score will receive an Honor Award and $20,000 towards the completion of their project.

More about Michael C. Duda


"I hope I will never take for granted the variety of experiences Texas offers, and if given the opportunity would be glad to help preserve everything that has made this state the best in the nation."
- Michael C. Duda


Born in Dallas in 1981, Michael found a passion and wonder for Texas history at an early age. While characterized by family and friends as "a man for others," Michael was also a young man unafraid to forge his own path. He founded the now nationally competitive Jesuit Rugby Club as a high school student before departing the state to pursue a degree in architecture at the University of Notre Dame.

While he travelled the world throughout his life, his heart always belonged to Texas, and it was never long before he returned to his home state. He made his way back to Dallas for good in 2007, where he applied his passion for historic architecture to his work in real estate and as a beloved member of the Texas Historical Foundation board. 

THF is honored to offer this award in the same spirit of service and enthusiasm for the preservation of Texas heritage that characterized Michael's life and legacy.