The names of 2016 Gold Medal recipients Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown are chiseled into the Gold Medal wall at AIA headquarters in Washington, DC.

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 Denise Scott Brown & Robert Venturi, Paul Revere Williams, Julia Morgan, or Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa.

The Gold Medal is open to a single individual (living or deceased), or two individuals, who have created a body of distinguished architectural work.

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.

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