Edward ‘Ted’ Cullinan has been awarded one of architecture’s most prestigious prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.
The award, personally approved by the Queen, places Cullinan among such esteemed company as Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Giles Gilbert Scott.
Given in recognition of a lifetime’s work, the Royal Gold Medal is handed out annually to a person or group whose influence on architecture has had a truly international effect.
Cullinan is the first British architect to be awarded the honour since Archigram in 2002, and is only the fourth in the past 20 years.
Responsible for more than 110 buildings, Cullinan was educated at Cambridge, the Architectural Association and Berkeley before beginning his career with Denys Lasdun, where he designed the student accommodation at the University of East Anglia.
He set up his own practice, Edward Cullinan Architects, in 1965, and went on to design buildings such as RMC Headquarters in Surrey, and the Weald & Downland Museum.
RIBA President Sunand Prasad, said: ‘Over four decades of inspirational practice and teaching Ted Cullinan has shown us how a keen awareness of the natural environment and a deep engagement with those who use and experience buildings, can generate compelling and poetic architecture.
‘He is also known for being one of the great teachers of our times, and hundreds of students continue to be inspired by his enthusiasm, energy and deep insights into architecture.’
Cullinan will be presented with the 2008 Royal Gold Medal at the RIBA on Tuesday 12 February 2008, and will give the Royal Gold Medal 2008 lecture on Wednesday 13 February 2008.