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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 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 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.

2015 Call for Entries

View the 2015 Call for Entries

2015 Deadline & Entry Fee

The deadline for submissions has passed.

There is no entry fee for this program.

2015 Jury


Linna Jane Frederick, FAIA (Chair)
Frederick + Frederick Architects
Beaufort, South Carolina

Stephen Ayers, FAIA
Architect of the Capitol
Washington, DC

Jim Childress, FAIA
Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Centerbrook, Connecticut

Sho-Ping Chin, FAIA

Timothy J. Dufault, AIA
Cunningham Group Architects

Thom Mayne, FAIA
Culver City, California

Edward A. Shriver, FAIA
Strada Architecture

Submission Preview

Please review the 2015 Gold Medal Submission Preview.

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

    • The 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition, May 14-16 in Atlanta.

    • 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 Jury and include the following.

    • A nomination letter 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. 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 2015 program has passed. Information for the 2016 program will be posted in the spring of 2015.

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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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