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Every year, the AIA recognizes one firm that has produced notable architecture for at least a decade.

The Gold Medal is the AIA’s highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Considered one of the most prestigious awards in the architecture world, the Gold Medal has been received by well renowned architects such as Moshe Safdie, Denise Scott Brown & Robert Venturi, and Paul Revere Williams.

The Gold Medal is open to a single individual (living or deceased), or two individuals, who have created a body of distinguished architectural work.

Only one Gold Medal is awarded each year. Living Gold Medal recipients are automatically elevated to Fellowship, Honorary Membership, or Honorary Fellowship in the Institute, as eligible.

Members of the AIA Board of Directors, Strategic Council, and members of their firms may not be nominated.

The jury evaluates candidates based on how well they meet program criteria, which include how their contributions have:

  • demonstrated great depth and breadth having a cumulative effect on the profession of architecture
  • addressed the future of architecture while honoring its tradition
  • transcended or united specific areas of expertise
  • become widely known—by architects, designers, educators, and the public—for the quality of their work

Submit supporting documentation as a single PDF file—max 10 MB—and include the following:

  • one-page nomination letter, addressed to the jury chair, summarizing the candidate’s contributions
  • brief biography of the candidate (max two pages)
  • statement or list of the candidate’s achievements and awards (max two pages)
  • descriptive statements and images of the candidate’s work—including site plans—for each project represented accompanied by at least three images
  • five one-page letters of support addressed to the jury chair
  • other miscellaneous material—including clippings and articles—is optional but may not exceed three pages

Deadlines for submissions



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