Awards and bibliography

President Wallace has earned accolades from Elle Décor, DesignIntelligence, Fashion Group International, the State of Georgia, the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia Trend, Style Atlanta, and more.

For her profound contributions to the creative community and the cities that SCAD calls home, President Wallace has earned the following:

  • Recipient of the Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award from the American Society of Interior Designers, 2017
  • Recipient of the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2016
  • Recipient of the Roger Milliken Honorary American Institute of Architects Legacy Award, 2016
  • Named an American Institute of Architects (AIA) honorary member, 2016
  • Earned the Arthur Ross Award for Stewardship from the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, 2016
  • Named one of Conde Nast’s “The Daring 25,” honoring iconic individuals who are reshaping and reimagining the world, 2016
  • Named on the Blouin Artinfo 2016 Power List: High-Wattage Women of the Art World
  • Inducted as a Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society, 2015
  • Recipient of one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Women Who Mean Business Awards," 2014
  • Named one of DesignIntelligence's 30 Most Admired Educators, 2013
  • Named among the "100 Most Influential Georgians" by Georgia Trend magazine, 2012
  • Recipient of the Sustainability Award from Fashion Group International, 2009
  • Recipient of the inaugural Elle Décor Vision Award from Elle Décor magazine, 2008
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Georgia State University College of Education, 2008
  • Awarded the Impact on Design Education Award at the Style Atlanta Awards, 2005
  • Appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Conseiller Culturel and Consul Général of the French Embassy in the United States of America, 2005
  • Named "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Ernst & Young (Southeastern U.S.), 2004
  • Member of the National Advisory Board of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington, D.C.), since 2003
  • Awarded the James T. Deason Human Relations Award and the W.W. Law Legacy Award, 2003
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA, Great Britain), 1997
  • Named an "Outstanding Georgia Citizen" by Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox

In print

Wallace is a prolific author whose books and monographs include design publications, children's books, and, most recently, a memoir.

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Cover of The Bee and the Acorn

The Bee and the Acorn

A Memoir by Paula S. Wallace

The inspiring story of SCAD from the perspective of its president-founder.

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Cover of Perfect Porches

Perfect Porches

Designing Welcoming Spaces for Outdoor Living by Paula S. Wallace

An intimate look at 40 homes and their exquisite porches.

Cover of A House in the South

A House in the South

Old-Fashioned Graciousness for New-Fashioned Times by Frances Schultz and Paula Wallace

An illuminating meditation on Southern style through the lens of 20-plus homes.

"Against magnificent odds, President Wallace has built something unique, alive and enduring. Her story is an inspiration."

Geoffrey Fletcher | Academy Award-winning screenwriter

In conversation

President Wallace engages leading artists, designers, writers, and filmmakers on the questions of the day.

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