Royal Gold Medal

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English architect Charles Robert Cockerell was the first recipient of the Royal Gold Medal in 1848.

The Royal Gold Medal for architecture[1] is awarded annually by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of the British monarch, in recognition of an individual's or group's substantial contribution to international architecture. It is given for a distinguished body of work rather than for one building, and is therefore not awarded for merely being currently fashionable.

The medal was first awarded in 1848 to Charles Robert Cockerell, and its winners include some of the most influential architects of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1864), Frank Lloyd Wright (1941), Le Corbusier (1953), Walter Gropius (1956), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1959) and Buckminster Fuller (1968). Already with the second recipient, the Italian Luigi Canina in 1849, the award went international.

Not all recipients were architects. Also recognised were engineers such as Ove Arup (1966) and Peter Rice (1992) who undoubtedly played an outstanding role in the realisation of some of the 20th century's key buildings all over the world. Repeatedly, the prize was awarded to influential writers on architecture, including scholars such as the Rev Robert Willis (1862), Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1967) and Sir John Summerson (1976) as well as theoreticians such as Lewis Mumford (1961) and Colin Rowe (1995). It honoured archaeologists such as Sir Austen Henry Layard (1868), Karl Richard Lepsius (1869), Melchior de Vogüé (1879), Heinrich Schliemann (1885), Rodolfo Lanciani (1900) and Sir Arthur Evans (1909), and painters such as Lord Leighton (1894) and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1906). Another notable exception was the 1999 award to the city of Barcelona.

List of recipients


  1. ^ RIBA Royal Gold Medal
  2. ^ Oliver Wainwright, "'I'm dumbfounded!' … Neave Brown on bagging an award for the building that killed his career". The Guardian, 6 October 2017. Accessed 6 October 2017
  3. ^ "Social Housing Pioneer Neave Brown Wins 2018 RIBA Gold Medal", Architectural Record, 28 September 2017
  4. ^ "Paulo Mendes da Rocha Awarded 2017 RIBA Royal Gold Medal", Architectural Record, 29 September 2016
  5. ^ "Dame Zaha Hadid awarded the Riba Gold Medal for architecture - BBC News". Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  6. ^ Oliver Wainwright: "RIBA awards Royal Gold Medal to architectural historian Joseph Rykwert", in The Guardian, 18 September 2013
  7. ^ 2007 winner
  8. ^ 2006 winner Archived 2006-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36802). London. 24 June 1902. p. 10. 

External links

  • RIBA page on Royal Gold Medal
  • "List of medal winners 1848-2008 (PDF)" (PDF). RIBA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-02. 
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