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Two Architects Practicing Together Eligible for AIA Gold Medal in 2014
To better reflect the collaborative and multidisciplinary way architecture is designed, the AIA Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a proposal to change the eligibility requirements for the AIA Gold Medal so that not only an individual but also two individuals working together will be eligible to receive the award. The change, announced by AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, at the Thursday morning general convention session, will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
“This is an idea that has been percolating for several years, and we feel that the decision to make this important and historic change better reflects the changing nature of the practice that has become increasingly more collaborative in nature,” said Jacob. “We took a careful, measured approach to the implications that this decision will have on the award itself, and we are confident that this is a positive change for the architecture profession going forward.”
By changing these eligibility guidelines, the annual Gold Medal will better demonstrate that architecture is a collective, creative enterprise that uses its diversity of expertise and aspirations to solve complex, multifaceted problems for communities everywhere. The Gold Medal will be awarded to two individuals only if their collaborative efforts over time are recognized as having created a singular body of distinguished architectural work.
The Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA can bestow on individuals. Past winners have included Frank Gehry, FAIA, I.M. Pei, FAIA, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and Thomas Jefferson. Thom Mayne, FAIA, the 2013 AIA Gold Medalist, is being honored tomorrow at the 2013 AIA Convention in Denver.