Moshe Safdie, architect of the recently-released Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore, is to receive the 2015 AIA Gold Medal, it was announced this week. The prize is awarded annually to an architect whose work has had a lasting influence on the profession, inspiring a multitude of others with their designs. Safdie will be celebrated at the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta.
The reasons given include ‘the broad, explicit combination of grid-based forms with fluid curves’ found in Safdie’s work. A statement from the AIA furthers: “Safdie’s work naturally melds opposing forms - fusing arcs into squares, spheres into cubes, and ovals into rectangles - to create emotionally evocative architecture.”
Safdie is a citizen of Israel, Canada and the United States, and currently operates offices in Boston, Jerusalem and Shanghai. Having studied architecture at McGill University, he worked under Louis Kahn before making his mark with a series of stacked apartments for the World Fair in 1967.