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Royal Institute of British Architects Award, England, UK

29 Sep 2017

RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture 2018 Winner

Royal Gold Medal for architecture awarded to British Architect Neave Brown

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce Neave Brown will receive the 2018 Royal Gold Medal, the UK’s highest honour for architecture.

Neave Brown, the revered Modernist architect, is perhaps best known for his visionary 1970s Alexandra Road estate near Swiss Cottage built by Camden Council. With its striking stepped concrete terraces and spacious flats, not only does it provide 500 homes but, in Neave’s own words, it’s ”a piece of city”, containing shops, workshops, a community centre, special needs school, children’s centre, a care home for young people with learning difficulties and a 16,000sq m public park.

RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture 2018 Winner

2 Feb 2017

Paulo Mendes de Rocha Awarded Royal Gold Medal by RIBA

Paulo Mendes de Rocha Awarded Royal Gold Medal by RIBA

Paulo Mendes da Rocha was born in October 1928 in the city of Vitória- the harbor capital of Espírito Santo, son of the naval engineer Paulo Menezes Mendes da Rocha and Angelina Derenzi, daughter of an Italian family that had emigrated to Brazil.

The 2017 Royal Gold Medal medallist was nominated and seconded by architects Neil Gillespie OBE and John McAslan CBE; their comments follow. Paulo Mendes Da Rocha’s nomination was supported by architects Sir David Chipperfield CBE, John Tuomey and Yvonne Farrell.

Paulo Mendes de Rocha Awarded Royal Gold Medal by RIBA

24 Sep 2015

Zaha Hadid : Royal Gold Medal Winner

The Winner of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture for 2016

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today announced that the globally-renowned architect Dame Zaha Hadid will receive the 2016 Royal Gold Medal, the first woman to be awarded the prestigious honour in her own right.

Zaha Hadid Gold Winner

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”. Awarded since 1848, past Royal Gold Medallists include Frank Gehry (2000), Norman Foster (1983), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1959), Le Corbusier (1953), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941) and George Gilbert Scott (1859).

Zaha Hadid is internationally known for her built, theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over thirty years of revolutionary experimentation and research in the fields of architecture, design and urbanism.

RIBA President and chair of the selection committee, Jane Duncan, said: “Zaha Hadid is a formidable and globally-influential force in architecture. Highly experimental, rigorous and exacting, her work from buildings to furniture, footwear and cars, is quite rightly revered and desired by brands and people all around the world. I am delighted Zaha will be awarded the Royal Gold Medal in 2016 and can’t wait to see what she and her practice will do next.”

Zaha Hadid said: “I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honour in her own right. I would like to thank Peter Cook, Louisa Hutton and David Chipperfield for the nomination and Jane Duncan and the Honours Committee for their support. We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense. There has been tremendous change over recent years and we will continue this progress. This recognition is an honour for me and my practice, but equally, for all our clients. It is always exciting to collaborate with those who have great civic pride and vision. Part of architecture’s job is to make people feel good in the spaces where we live, go to school or where we work – so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence – that shouldn’t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.”

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Zaha Hadid started her architectural journey in 1972 studying at the progressive Architectural Association in London. She joined her former professors, Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis, at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, where she became a partner in 1977. By 1979 she had established her own practice in London – Zaha Hadid Architects – garnering a reputation across the world for her trail-blazing theoretical works including The Peak in Hong Kong (1983), the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin (1986) and the Cardiff Bay Opera House in Wales (1994).

Working with office partner Patrik Schumacher, Hadid’s interest is in the interface between architecture, landscape, and geology; which her practice integrates with the use of cutting-edge technologies – the result is often unexpected and dynamic architectural forms.

Hadid’s first major built commission, one that catapulted her rise, was the Vitra Fire Station in Weil Am Rhein, Germany (1993); subsequent notable projects including the MAXXI: Italian National Museum of 21st Century Arts in Rome (2009), the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games (2011) and the Heydar Aliyev Centre in Baku (2013) illustrate her quest for complex, fluid space. Buildings such as the Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati (2003) and the Guangzhou Opera House in China (2010) have also been hailed as architecture that transforms our ideas of the future with new spatial concepts and dynamic, visionary forms.

In 2004 Zaha Hadid became the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. She has twice won the UK’s most prestigious architecture award, the RIBA Stirling Prize: in 2010 for the MAXXI Museum in Rome, a building for the staging of 21st Century art, the distillation of years of experimentation, a mature piece of architecture conveying a calmness that belies the complexities of its form and organisation; and the Evelyn Grace Academy, a unique design, expertly inserted into an extremely tight site, that shows the students, staff and local residents they are valued and celebrates the school’s specialism throughout its fabric, with views of student participation at every turn.

Zaha Hadid’s other awards include the Republic of France’s Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Japan’s Praemium Imperiale and in 2012, Zaha Hadid was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She was made Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture.

Zaha has held various adademic roles including the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; the Sullivan Chair at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture; guest professorships at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg; the Knolton School of Architecture, Ohio and the Masters Studio at Columbia University, New York; the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

25 Feb 2014

Joseph Rykwert : Royal Gold Medal Winner

The Winner of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture for 2014
Joseph Rykwert receives the 2014 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The celebrated architectural critic, historian and writer Joseph Rykwert has this evening (Tuesday 25 February) been presented with the 2014 Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards.

Joseph Rykwert
Joseph Rykwert Royal Gold Medal
photograph : Pawel Mazurl CC Krakow

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

Joseph Rykwert is a world-leading authority on the history of art and architecture; his groundbreaking ideas and work have had a major impact on the thinking of architects and designers since the 1960s and continue to do so to this day.

His seminal book The Idea of a Town (1963) remains the pivotal text on understanding why and how cities were and can be formed. He has written numerous influential works of architectural criticism and history, published over a sixty-year period and translated into several languages. The most significant of these are On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972), The First Moderns (1980), The Necessity of Artifice (1982), The Dancing Column: On Order in Architecture (1996), and The Seduction of Place (2002); all have changed the way modern architects and planners think about cities and buildings, and how historians view the architectural roots of the modern era.

Rykwert’s works have influenced generations of architects with many either having been taught by him directly or taught in a school where his influence has had a profound effect on a department’s teaching. Distinguished architects David Chipperfield, Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano are amongst the previous Royal Gold Medallists who have personally supported Joseph’s nomination.

Joseph Rykwert said about his selection for the Royal Gold Medal:

“If we all had our desserts’, the poet asked, ‘who would scape a whipping?’ Certainly not I. So I can’t think of a Gold Medal as my dessert. It is a wonderful gift which my colleagues have made me and adds weight and authority to my words to which they could never otherwise pretend.

“What makes the gift doubly precious is that it does not come from my fellow-scriveners, but from architects and builders – and suggests that what I have written has engaged their attention and been of use, even though I have never sought to be impartial but have taken sides, sometimes combatively. So I feel both elated and enormously grateful.”

RIBA President Stephen Hodder said;

“The recognition of Joseph with this prestigious award is long overdue; that it has gone to a man whose writings have provided inspiration to so many who practice in the heart of our cities, gives me particular personal pleasure. Joseph’s writing and teaching are rare in that he can deliver the most profound thinking on architecture in an accessible way. All our lives are the richer for it.”

Born in Warsaw in 1926, Joseph Rykwert is a naturalized British citizen. He has held a number of university teaching posts in Britain and the United States. He is currently Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus and was Professor of Art History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Joseph Rykwert has lectured or taught at most of the world’s major schools of architecture and has held visiting appointments at Princeton, the Cooper Union, New York, Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Sydney, Louvain, the Institut d’Urbanisme, Paris, the Central European University and others. He has held fellowships at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, Washington and the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.

In 1984, he was appointed Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Cordoba, Argentina, the University of Bath, Toronto and Trieste and Rome, and is a member of the Italian Accademia di San Luca and the Polish Academy. In 2000, he was awarded the Bruno Zevi prize in architectural history by the Biennale of Venice and in 2009 the Gold Medal Bellas Artes, Madrid. He has been president of the international council of architectural critics (CICA) since 1996.

He joins previous theorists and largely non-practitioners to have been honoured with the Royal Gold Medal including Colin Rowe (1995), Sir John Summerson (1976) and Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1967).

18 Sep 2013

Royal Gold Medal for architecture winner in 2013

The Winner of the Royal Gold Medal for architecture for 2014

Joseph Rykwert to receive the 2014 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The celebrated architectural critic, historian and writer Joseph Rykwert has been named today (Wednesday 18 September) as the recipient of the 2014 RIBA Royal Gold Medal, one of the world’s most prestigious architecture awards.

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

Joseph Rykwert is a world-leading authority on the history of art and architecture; his groundbreaking ideas and work have had a major impact on the thinking of architects and designers since the 1960s and continue to do so to this day.

His seminal book The Idea of a Town (1963) remains the pivotal text on understanding why and how cities were and can be formed. He has written numerous influential works of architectural criticism and history, published over a sixty-year period and translated into several languages. The most significant of these are On Adam’s House in Paradise (1972), The First Moderns (1980), The Necessity of Artifice (1982), The Dancing Column: On Order in Architecture (1996), and The Seduction of Place (2002); all have changed the way modern architects and planners think about cities and buildings, and how historians view the architectural roots of the modern era.

Rykwert’s works have influenced generations of architects with many either having been taught by him directly or taught in a school where his influence has had a profound effect on a department’s teaching. Distinguished architects David Chipperfield, Frank Gehry and Renzo Piano are amongst the previous Royal Gold Medallists who have personally supported Joseph’s nomination.

Joseph Rykwert said about his selection for the Royal Gold Medal:

“If we all had our desserts’, the poet asked, ‘who would scape a whipping?’ Certainly not I. So I can’t think of a Gold Medal as my dessert. It is a wonderful gift which my colleagues have made me and adds weight and authority to my words to which they could never otherwise pretend.

“What makes the gift doubly precious is that it does not come from my fellow-scriveners, but from architects and builders – and suggests that what I have written has engaged their attention and been of use, even though I have never sought to be impartial but have taken sides, sometimes combatively. So I feel both elated and enormously grateful.”

Joseph Rykwert
Joseph Rykwert Royal Gold Medal
photograph : Pawel Mazurl CC Krakow

7 Feb 2013

Peter Zumthor wins Royal Gold Medal for architecture

Peter Zumthor is presented with the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

The world renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumthor last night (Wednesday 6 February 2013) received one of the world’s most prestigious architecture prizes, the Royal Gold Medal at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. He was presented with the medal by RIBA President Angela Brady, in the presence of over 200 guests.

Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor Royal Gold Medal
photograph : Morley von Sternberg

Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence “either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture”.

Known for running a small yet powerful and uncompromising practice, Peter Zumthor founded his award-winning firm in 1979 in Switzerland. His most celebrated projects include the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Austria, the Therme Vals (thermal baths) in Vals, Switzerland and the Kolumba Art Museum in Cologne. He designed London’s 2011 Serpentine Pavilion and is currently designing a house in Devon for philosopher Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture architect-designed holiday home scheme.

He is exceptionally talented at creating highly atmospheric spaces through his mastery of light and choice of materials. Zumthor’s buildings, such as his small rural chapels and the Thermal Baths at Vals, are an experience for all the senses, with every detail reinforcing the essence of the building and its surroundings.

RIBA President Angela Brady, who chaired the Honours Committee which selected the Royal Gold Medal winner said,
“Peter Zumthor’s work renews the link with a tradition of modern architecture that emphasises place, community and material practice. His writings dwell upon the experience of designing, building and inhabitation while his buildings are engaged in a rich dialogue with architectural history. I will be delighted to present him with the Royal Gold Medal.”

Peter Zumthor will be presented with the Royal Gold Medal on Wednesday 6 February 2013 at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London, during which the 2013 RIBA International and Honorary Fellowships will also be presented.

This year’s RIBA Honours Committee was chaired by RIBA President Angela Brady with architects Peter Clegg, Yvonne Farrell, Professor Adrian Forty, Niall McLaughlin and Sarah Wigglesworth.

27 Sep 2012

Royal Gold Medal for architecture

Peter Zumthor to receive the Royal Gold Medal for architecture

Peter Zumthor
Peter Zumthor
photograph : Gerry Ebner

RIBA Gold Medal 2013 : further information – the full citation
Kolumba Diocesan Museum Cologne
picture © Breun

RIBA Gold Medal Past Winners

Herman Hertzberger to receive the 2012 Royal Gold Medal for architecture

RIBA Gold Medal 2012 : Herman Hertzberger
Herman Hertzberger Architect
photo © Hans van den Bogaard

RIBA Gold Medal 2011 : David Chipperfield
Neues Museum
photograph : Ute Zscharnt

RIBA Gold Medal 2010 : I M Pei
Museum of Islamic Art Doha
photo : Courtesy of the Museum of Islamic Art

RIBA Gold Medal 2009 : Alvaro Siza
Alvaro Siza
photo : Courtesy of RIAS

Established in 1848, the Royal Gold Medal is given in recognition of a lifetime’s contribution to architecture. The Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is awarded annually to a person or group of people whose influence on architecture has had a truly international effect.

Previous winners include Sir Edwin Lutyens, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, Toyo Ito, Herzog and de Meuron, Alvaro Siza and I. M. Pei.

RIBA Gold Medal 2008

Winners of the RIBA Gold Medal will be added over the years


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RIBA Royal Gold Medal Winners

2010: I M Pei
2009: Alvaro Siza
2008: Ted Cullinan Architect
2007: Herzog and de Meuron Architects
2006: Toyo Ito
2005: Frei Otto – architect/engineer
2004: Rem Koolhaas
2003: Rafael Moneo
2002: Archigram – visionary architects
2001: Jean Nouvel
2000: Frank Gehry
1999: City of Barcelona
1998: Oscar Niemeyer
1997: Tadao Ando
1996: Harry Seidler
1995: Colin Rowe – theoretician
1994: Michael & Patricia Hopkins
1993: Giancarlo de Carlo
1992: Peter Rice – engineer
1991: Colin Stansfield Smith
1990: Aldo van Eyck
1989: Renzo Piano
1988: Richard Meier
1987: Ralph Erskine
1986: Arata Isozaki
1985: Richard Rogers
1984: Charles Correa
1983: Norman Foster
1982: Berthold Lubetkin
1981: Philip Dowson
1980: James Stirling
1979: Charles and Ray Eames
1978: Jorn Utzon
1977: Denys Lasdun
1976: John Summerson – writer
1975: Michael Scott
1974: Powell & Moya
1973: Leslie Martin
1972: Louis Kahn
1971: Hubert de Cronin Hastings
1970: Robert Matthew
1969: Jack Coia
1968: Buckminster Fuller – architect/engineer
1967: Nikolaus Pevsner – writer
1966: Ove Arup – engineer
1965: Kenzo Tange
1964: Max Fry
1963: Lord Holford
1962: Sven Gottfried Markelius
1961: Lewis Mumford
1960: Pier Luigi Nervi
1959: Mies van der Rohe
1958: Robert Schofield Morris
1957: Alvar Aalto
1956: Walter Gropius
1955: John Murray Easton
1954: Arthur George Stephenson
1953: Le Corbusier

RIBA Royal Gold Medal – key winners from the past

1950: Eliel Saarinen
1941: Frank Lloyd Wright
1940: Charles Voysey
1925: Sir Giles Gilbert Scott
1921: Edwin Lutyens
1916: Robert Rowand Anderson
1886: Charles Garnier
1877: Charles Barry
1859: George Gilbert Scott
1848: CR Cockerell




RIBA Awards

RIBA Stirling Prize
MAXXI Rome
photo : Roland Halbe

RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner 2006 : Toyo Ito Architects

RIBA Royal Gold Medal winner 2007 : Herzog and de Meuron Architects

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