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Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is the highest honor The American Institute of Architects can bestow on an individual(s) in recognition of a significant body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.




Any individual (not necessarily an American or an architect) living or dead at the time the nomination is made; or two individuals working together (but only if their collaborative efforts over time are recognized as having created a singular body of distinguished architectural work) are eligible to receive the Gold Medal.

Nominations made by an AIA component, AIA knowledge community, or a member of the Institute will be accepted for review by the Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury. Nominators may not be a principal and/or employee of the candidate or the candidate’s firm.

No more than one such award shall be made in any year.

A living winner of the Gold Medal shall be automatically elevated to Fellowship, Honorary Membership, or Honorary Fellowship in the Institute, as eligible.

2016 Call for Entries

View the 2016 Call for Entries

2016 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for 2016 submissions has passed. Please check back in the Spring of 2016 for information on the 2017 program.

2016 Jury


Jim Rains, FAIA (Chair)
Rains Studio, PA
Ramseur, North Carolina

Charles Griffin, AIA
WHR Architects

James C. Lord II, AIA
KGA Architecture
Las Vegas

Stephen Maher, AIA
Ritter Maher Architects
Baton Rouge

Antoine Predock, FAIA
Antoine Predock Architects

Linda Reeder, AIA
Linda Reeder Architecture
New Haven

Mark Ripple, AIA
New Orleans

Charles Leroy Travis III, FAIA
Housing Studio

Submission Preview

Please review the 2016 Gold Medal Submission Preview.

Submission Criteria

Candidate(s) will be evaluated on how well they meet the program criteria as established by the Board, which may include:

    • Contributions which have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture.

    • Contributions which have evidenced great breadth, having influenced the direction/profession of architecture.

    • Contributions to the profession of architecture have consistently been directed toward the future as well as respectful of the past.

    • Contributions which have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas, in the event the candidate's areas of focus might be considered circumscribed.

    • Contributions which are widely known by the quality of their products: by those who practice architecture, by those who teach architecture, and by those who perhaps do neither.

Additional Considerations
Throughout the submission, where applicable and to the extent possible, you are encouraged to highlight any aspects of work or life experience that may have reflected contributions or sensitivity concerning areas of special interest to the Institute, its members, and the architecture profession, including but not limited to the Policy and Position Statements of the AIA. These might include such areas as diversity, sustainability, or the mentoring of emerging professionals, to the degree the entrant has had the opportunity to address them, or as these topics may enhance the presentation.

A presentation on the candidate's behalf will be made to the Institute’s Board of Directors at its December meeting.

Please note that the Gold Medal recipient(s) will be obligated to participate in the following:

    • The 2016 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 19-21 in Philadelphia.

    • A Gold Medal Seminar at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC (date to be coordinated with the NBM).

    • The Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury as a future juror – date to be determined.

All supporting documentation must be submitted in a single .PDF file not to exceed 10 MB for presentation to the Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury and include the following.

    • A nomination letter, addressed to the jury chair, summarizing the candidate’s contributions not to exceed one page.

    • A brief biography of the candidate not to exceed two pages

    • A statement/list of the candidate’s achievements/awards not to exceed two pages

    • Descriptive statements and images of the candidate’s work with a minimum of three images for each project represented, including a site plan and an exterior and interior image whenever possible.

    • A maximum of five (5) letters of support (not to exceed one page each), addressed to the jury chair.

    Optional – miscellaneous material including clippings, articles, etc. not to exceed three pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to start and finish my submission in one session?
No. You can start your submission and come back to finish it before the deadline date of 5:00 pm (Eastern). Upon beginning your submission, you will receive an email with login credentials unique to your entry. Keep this email and use it to log in and complete your submission at a later time.

What if I want to make changes to my entry after I have completed my submission?

You can enter the system at any time to edit or update your submission before the deadline date prior to 5:00 pm, Eastern Time.

Can I update my e-mail address or other contact information after I’ve submitted my entry?
Yes. Log back into the system and edit your profile information accordingly then select the “Update Settings” button. If it is after the deadline you will not be able to access your entry but you will still be able to make changes to your profile, including your e-mail address. It is imperative that you provide an accurate and working e-mail address in order to receive status notifications regarding your submission.

How will I know my submission has been received?
Upon submitting your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail message containing your submission details.

What should I do if I did not receive an e-mail containing my login credentials after beginning my submission or a confirmation e-mail containing my submission details?

First, check your junk mail folder – the most likely problem is that your spam filter sent the e-mail from to junk mail. You should change your account settings to accept future e-mail from us. If it did not go into your junk mail folder, please contact for assistance.

Begin Your Submission

The deadline for submission completion was July 10, 2015 before 5:00 PM Eastern.

Questions may be directed to

Past Recipients

Complete List of Recipients


Kathleen Daileda, Hon. AIA
Director, Honors & Awards
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20006


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