Kansas City, Kan.–based architect Robert Berkebile, principal of BNIM Architects, was awarded a $100,000 Heinz Award for his work promoting green building design. A founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Berkebile also is the founding chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment. He is one of 10 recipients of a Heinz award for 2009.

The Heinz Awards are given from the Heinz Family Foundation in memory of former Senator John Heinz. In the past, the awards recognized recipients in five categories. This year, the awards focused on the environment and named 10 individuals who have worked to bring about a more sustainable planet. Individuals are put forth for consideration by a council of anonymous nominators. Award recipients then are selected by the Heinz Awards’ board of directors. In addition to the $100,000 prize, each winner receives a medallion at a private ceremony in Washington, D.C.