David Chipperfield will be awarded the RIBA Gold Medal, it has been revealed
The news comes just days after his hotly tipped Neues Museum in Berlin missed out on this year’s Stirling Prize to Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI in Rome.
The medal, which recognises lifetime achievement, will be presented to Chipperfield on 10 February 2011 at a ceremony at the RIBA headquarters in London.
David Chipperfield said: ‘I am overwhelmed by the decision of the RIBA to award me the 2011 Royal Gold Medal and to join a list that includes so many great architects and personal heroes.
‘I hope that my career will justify this great honour and that I can fulfil the expectations that this award bestows on me. I share this award with my colleagues and family without whom such a personal achievement would have been well out of reach.’
RIBA President Ruth Reed, who chaired the Honours Committee which selected the Royal Gold medal winner, said: ‘The Royal Gold Medal is a highly prestigious award and in David Chipperfield we have an exceptional recipient.
He is a craftsman of delightful spaces and beautiful detailed buildings
‘David is one of the world’s greatest architects with a portfolio of work that is international in influence. His architecture is one of calm rational elegance, he is a craftsman of delightful spaces and beautiful detailed buildings, and has carved out a career which is an inspiration to anyone seeking to work outside the boundaries of their home country. I will be delighted to present him with the Royal Gold Medal.’
The award is approved personally by the Queen.