Fifth Annual Hammer Award was presented on November 11, 2011

The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati gave its annual Hammer Award to Shayne O. Manning, P.E., S.E., Leed AP of THP Limited.

The Foundation presented the award at the Cincinnati Design Awards banquet on Friday November 11, 2011. The foundation established the Hammer to honor a Practitioner who has made a consistent, significant contribution to the built environment of Greater Cincinnati over at least a 20 year period. Nominees may be architects, designers, artists, engineers, developer, planners and officials- anyone who has an active role in creating our community’s built environment.

The skyline of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is a landscape that has been significantly shaped by the engineering genius of Shayne Manning, P.E. Shayne is a professional structural engineer and Managing Principal of THP.

Shayne Manning, a Managing Principal for THP Limited, has been with the firm since 1977. He specializes in practical and economical solutions to complex structural engineering challenges for the building industry. He thrives being involved in all types of structural engineering project types, but particularly when combined with a strong architectural aesthetic.

Shayne holds a Professional Engineer license in 14 states throughout the U.S. He holds his Structural Engineer license in the State of California, among others. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and serves on the University of Cincinnati Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

His experience includes both the design and design/build of new and renovations of existing major commercial, industrial, institutional and residential facilities. Recent projects include The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge (Covington, KY), designed by Daniel Libeskind; the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art (Cincinnati, OH), designed by Zaha Hadid; the University of Cincinnati Recreation Center designed by Thom Mayne; and the Richard E. Lindner Athletic Center at the University of Cincinnati, designed by Bernard Tschumi.

Other notable projects include the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base BRAC Human Performance Wing D/B project (Fairborn, Ohio). He also enjoys working with artists and architects who design cultural and community sculptures.

Shayne is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering in 1988.

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The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) makes the award to a practitioner who has made a consistent and significant contribution to the built environment in the Greater Cincinnati region. The award is for an individual, not a firm or other entity.

Practitioners include architects of all disciplines, designers, artists. engineers, builders, developers, planners, officials – anyone who has taken a hands-on role in creating the built environment. Consistent is taken to mean his or her involvement has exceeded twenty years.


Nominations may be made by any member of the Foundation, the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the American Society of Interior Designers, or The International Interior Design Association. These same groups jointly organize the Cincinnati Design Awards.


Please prepare one electronic packet in PDF format or five hard copy packets of the following:

Section One: Facts and Narrative:

(8.5 by 11 format, may be single-spaced type but no smaller than 11 point.)

Nominator: Name, occupation and company or organization name if applicable, address, phone number, and email;
Nominee: Name, field of practice and company name(s), number of years as a practitioner, current address, phone number, and email;
Narrative: (two-page limit, 8.5 by 11 format) an explanation of why you believe the person deserves the Hammer Award.
Section Two: Attachments

(May be scanned and included in the electronic packet)

Optional – Testamentary letters from persons (limit two) besides yourself;
One set of one-to-five images (may be scanned and included in the electronic packet) or other exhibits of the nominees’ accomplishments that support your explanation. Please refer to these attachments in your narrative. Material will not be returned.

Completed nominations must have been received by email to the executive director (Sue Ann Painter), or by delivery to the Foundation office no later than 1 p.m. EST, Thursday, August 30, 2012.

Contact and Delivery:

Send packets by electronic mail or REGULAR mail.

Email your nomination to
For hard copy delivery of nomination (FIVE sets), and supplemental materials contact the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, (513) 421-4469. The office address is 811 Race Street, Cincinnati OH 45202.
Receipt of submissions will be confirmed by email to the nominator. The nominator and the winner will be contacted by telephone before the general announcement.


All nominations are reviewed by an AFC board of trustees subcommittee. Three submissions are presented to the entire board for final selection.