The Gold Medal is the AIA’s highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world, the Gold Medal has been received by well renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Julia Morgan, and Moshe Safdie.
The Gold Medal is open to a single individual (living or deceased), or two individuals, who have created a body of distinguished architectural work.
AIA chapters, Knowledge Communities, or members sponsoring via petition may submit nominations.
Only one Gold Medal is awarded each year. Living Gold Medal recipients are automatically elevated to Fellowship, Honorary Membership, or Honorary Fellowship in the Institute, as eligible.
Members of the AIA Board of Directors, Strategic Council, and members of their firms may not be nominated.