The board of directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) last week selected internationally acclaimed Santiago Calatrava as the recipient of the 2005 AIA Gold Medal.
The Gold Medal, the highest honour the AIA confers to an individual, recognises someone whose 'significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture'.
The selection comes at a time when the Spaniard's profile in the US has never been higher, following his appointment to design the new Metro station at the Ground Zero site in New York.
'I feel very honoured, ' Calatrava said about the award. 'I will try to be at the level of this honour for the rest of my career and honour you with my work.' The citation read: 'Santiago Calatrava defines the reason for the AIA Gold Medal.'