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Gold Medal

The Gold Medal is the highest honor The American Institute of Architects can bestow on an individual. It is conferred by the Board of Directors 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, is eligible to receive the Gold Medal.

Nominations that are made by an AIA component, AIA knowledge community, or a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors will be accepted for review by the Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award Advisory Jury. The jury will also accept nominations by petition if a candidate receives signatures from either 5 Fellows or any 10 AIA members in good standing. Petition signers 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.

2014 Call for Nominations

2014 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submission completion was July 12, 2013 before 5:00 PM (Eastern). All deadlines are strictly observed. Please allow plenty of time to upload files and fill out required information on the submission site.

There is no entry fee for this program.

2014 Jury


Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA (Chair)
Richter Architects
Corpus Christi

Steven Alspaugh, AIA
Schmidt Associates

Peter Bohlin, FAIA
Bolin Cywinski Jackson
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

Kristine K. Fallon, FAIA

Linna Jane Frederick, FAIA
Frederick + Frederick Architects
Beaufort, South Carolina

Raymond F. Kogan, AIA
Kogan & Company
Arlington, Virginia

Tom Kundig, FAIA
Olson Kundig Architects

Submission Preview

There are two different methods of nomination – please review the PDF file of the type you plan to use to see a preview of that submission site.

AIA component, AIA knowledge community, or Member of the Board

Nominations may be made by an AIA component, AIA knowledge community, or a Member of the Institute’s Board of Directors.


Nomination by Petition

Nominations may also be made by petition if a nominee receives signatures from either 5 Fellows or any 10 AIA members in good standing. Petition signers may not be a principal and/or employee of the nominee or the nominee’s firm. Once you have entered your petition signers into the submission site they will be contacted by the system and receive a separate link to login and enter their information which consists of the materials found here.

Submission Criteria

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

    • The candidate shall have evidenced great depth, having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture.

    • The candidate shall have evidenced great breadth, having influenced the direction/profession of architecture.

    • The candidate shall be an individual whose contributions to the profession of architecture have consistently been directed toward the future as well as respectful of the past.

    • The candidate shall 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.

    • The candidate shall be widely known by the quality of his or her 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 the candidate’s 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 candidate has had the opportunity to address them, or as these topics may enhance the candidate’s presentation.

Should the candidate be selected as a finalist by the Gold Medal/Firm Award Advisory Jury, a presentation on the candidate’s behalf will be made to the Institute’s Board of Directors at its December meeting. The presentation must be made by an individual AIA member in good standing (not a principal or employee of the candidate’s firm). Additional submission materials will be required which may include, but are not limited to, up to 40 digital images/slides suitable for a PowerPoint presentation.

Please note that if the candidate is selected as the Gold Medal recipient, he/she will be obligated to participate in the following:

    • The 2014 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, June 26-28 in Chicago.

    • 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 exhibits 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.

    • A nomination letter summarizing the candidate’s contributions not to exceed one page from a member of the national AIA Board of Directors, a representative from an AIA component or AIA knowledge community, or from one AIA member sponsoring the candidate by petition.

    • 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. There should be 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)

    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 the 2014 program has passed.

The 2015 information will be posted in the spring of 2014. Until that time we encourage you to use the 2014 submission preview as a guideline.

Questions may be directed to

Past Recipients

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


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