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Morphosis co-founder Thom Mayne lands AIA Gold Medal

US architect and Morphosis co-founder Thom Mayne has been awarded the 2013 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal

The 68 year-old, who has already bagged the 2005 Pritzker Prize, started the Santa Monica-based practice Morphosis in 1972.

Mayne, who has taught at many top architecture schools including Harvard, Yale and the Bartlett, joins an illustrious list of past winners including Frank Lloyd Wright (1949), LeCorbusier (1961), Louis Kahn (1971), Calatrava (2005) and Renzo Piano (2008).

The architect’s 40-year body of work includes the Cooper Union building in New York (pictured). He was described by former AIA gold medallist Antoine Predock as ‘intellectually rigorous and consistently searching’.

The AIA also announced that New-York based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has won the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award.

The AIA said the 30-strong practice, formed by married couple Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, was ‘…noted for exquisite care for detail with subtle, reverent architecture that’s both timeless in its abstracted, meditative forms and materially specific to context and place’.

The practice’s work includes The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia (pictured) and The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City.


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