The American Institute of Architects announced today that it has awarded the 2009 AIA Gold Medal to Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, Hon. FAIA. Murcutt was recognized by the AIA for the depth of his work and the breadth of his influence.
In making the award, the AIA acknowledged Murcutt’s ‘sustainable style’, noting that the architect is known for his ecologically responsive and socially responsible Modernist suburban and rural homes that incorporate a variety of natural materials. Although Murcutt works exclusively in Australia, he has had and continues to have a profound impact on architecture around the world. “While some might characterize a single-continent geographic range of work as ‘regional,’ the effect of Mr. Murcutt’s is amplified by impassioned and extensive lectures and a commitment to teaching throughout the world,” said Tom Howorth, FAIA, chair of the AIA Committee on Design’s Gold Medal Committee.
The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an individual. The award honours an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Murcutt will be presented the award at the American Architectural Foundation's Accent on Architecture Gala in February.
Others honoured with an AIA award this year include Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, who will receive the association’s 2009 Firm of the Year Award, which recognizes a practice that has “consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years” and Adele Naudé Santos, FAIA, who will receive the 2009 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education, given jointly by the AIA and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.