Archinect - News 2017-07-22T18:53:35-04:00 Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins RIBA Royal Gold Medal Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-29T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-09T17:17:29-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Paulo Mendes da Rocha is attracting international recognition once again as he continues to rack up top-tier lifetime achievement awards this year. [...] Awarded since 1848 and approved by the Queen of England, the Gold Medal is awarded to an individual or a group of people who have significantly influenced &ldquo;the advancement of architecture either directly or indirectly&rdquo;. da Rocha is the second Brazilian architect to win the accolade, joining Oscar Niemeyer who won it in 1998.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Paulo Mendes da Rocha is most known for his work establishing what would become Brazilian Brutalism. From Bustler:</p><p><em>Spearheading the Brutalist movement in his native Sao Paulo,&nbsp;da Rocha is credited for transforming the city&nbsp;with his numerous cultural buildings, which are typically designed in&nbsp;exposed concrete&nbsp;and rough finishes.&nbsp;Born in 1928, da Rocha's architecture career kicked off&nbsp;at a young age when he won the competition to&nbsp;design the gymnasium in the Paulistano Athletics Club (pictured [below]) at&nbsp;age&nbsp;29.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>On the occasion of da Rocha's win, RIBA President and chair of the selection committee Jane Duncan said, "Mendes da Rocha&rsquo;s work typifies the architecture of 1950s Brazil &ndash; raw, chunky and beautifully &lsquo;brutal&rsquo; concrete.&rdquo; Some of his most notable Brazilian projects being: Saint Peter Chapel (1987) [below], the Brazilian Sculpture Museum MuBE (1988), Patriach Plaza (1992-2002), the Pinacoteca do Estado gallery (1993) [second below] and the FIESP Cultural Center (1997).</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>da Rocha exp...</p> What's the Big Deal‽ – Assemble, Serpentine and YAP winners, and BIG controversy on Archinect Sessions #52, with special guest co-host Will Galloway Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-02-11T18:25:00-05:00 >2016-02-16T12:49:13-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Long-time Archinector and reliably sane commentator <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will Galloway</a> joins us from his base in Tokyo to discuss the weekly news, including&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">his interview with Assemble</a>, crucially taking place mere weeks before they won the Turner Prize. While news from Bjarke Ingels Group commanded the feistiest comment threads this week &ndash; with renderings of BIG's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">spiraling Hudson Yards tower</a> provoking debate over craft in skyscrapers, and the firm being selected to design the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Serpentine Pavilion for 2016</a> in their last last eligible year &ndash; recent news included big wins for firms both star-studded and unknown. MoMA PS1 named <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Escobedo Sol&iacute;z Studio as the 2016 winner of its Young Architects Program</a>, for their "Weaving the Courtyard" submission, while <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dame Zaha Hadid received her RIBA Gold Medal</a> (the first woman to win solo). Lastly, for you planning wonks, we throw in a brief discussion of a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">controversial proposed ballot measure</a> to halt big developments in Los Angeles.&nbsp;</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 52 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Ses...</strong></a></p> Zaha Hadid joins the ranks of RIBA Gold Medalists Justine Testado 2016-02-04T18:11:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T13:10:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Following RIBA's announcement back in September, Zaha Hadid was presented with the 2016 Royal Gold Medal yesterday evening...Though particular projects in her practice haven't been without its disputes, Hadid has long been a force in the architectural field. Being the first woman to win on her own accord, the RIBA Gold Medal is a crown jewel to Hadid's illustrious career, as well as another major highlight for women in architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architectural historian Joseph Rykwert receives 2014 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture</a></p> Zaha Hadid announced as winner of 2016 Royal Gold Medal Julia Ingalls 2015-09-23T21:24:00-04:00 >2015-09-29T00:12:06-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="978" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>As the first sole woman to win the medal in its 167-year history (women have shared the prize with others before), <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> said, "I am very proud to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal, in particular, to be the first woman to receive the honor in her own right. Part of architecture&rsquo;s job is to make people feel good in the&nbsp;spaces where we live, go to school or where we work - so we must be committed to raising standards. Housing, schools and other vital public buildings have always been based on the concept of minimal existence &ndash; that shouldn&rsquo;t be the case today. Architects now have the skills and tools to address these critical issues.&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Baghdad-born Hadid, who started her now London-based practice in 1979, adds the Queen of England and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Royal Institute of British Architects</a>-given award to other notable prizes, including her 2004 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pritzker Architecture Prize</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>&#8203;In Professor Sir Peter Cook's Royal Gold Medal citation, he notes that Hadid's "vociferous criticism of poor work or stupidity re...</p> Sheila O'Donnell + John Tuomey win 2015 RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture Justine Testado 2014-09-24T13:30:00-04:00 >2014-10-02T13:30:59-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="650" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Irish architects Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey have been named the 2015 recipients of the prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Awarded since 1848 and personally approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the Gold Medal recognizes a lifetime's work of an architecturally influential person or group.</p><p>After training at the University College Dublin, O'Donnell and Tuomey previously worked together at Stirling Wilford Associates and Colquhoun &amp; Miller in London. They then co-founded their practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O'Donnell + Tuomey Architects</a> in Dublin in 1988.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Taking part in "Group 91 Architects" in the early '90s, the husband and wife pair first gained recognition for their first permanent building, the Irish Film Institute (1991). Since then, O'Donnell and Tuomey have built private homes, schools, public housing, and community buildings -- many of their projects crafted in the couple's signature style of smartly arranged brick and sharp-lined geometric forms.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>O&rsquo;Donnell + Tuomey have been shortl...</p> Architectural historian Joseph Rykwert receives 2014 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture Alexander Walter 2013-09-19T15:32:00-04:00 >2013-09-23T21:12:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="449" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has announced celebrated architectural critic, historian and writer Joseph Rykwert as the recipient of the 2014 Royal Gold Medal.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Peter Zumthor: RIBA awards gold medal to architecture's man of mystery Archinect 2013-02-05T11:34:00-05:00 >2013-02-12T17:06:38-05:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the age of 69, he has only built around 20 projects, but each one has caused ripples. He is now courted by millionaires around the globe &ndash; from Spiderman's Tobey Maguire to Qatar's Sheikh Saud al-Thani &ndash; each desperate for a piece of his pure, unadulterated vision. He is the architect every architect wants to be, the inspiration every student cites. So how did the myth of the mountain man come to be?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Peter Zumthor to Receive the 2013 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture Alexander Walter 2012-09-28T19:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-19T14:36:46-04:00 <img src="" width="530" height="476" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Pritzker-winning architect Peter Zumthor has been announced as the recipient of the 2013 Royal Gold Medal for Architecture. Given in recognition of a lifetime&rsquo;s work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Queen of England and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence on the advancement of architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Herman Hertzberger to Receive the 2012 Royal Gold Medal Alexander Walter 2011-12-06T21:20:31-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="463" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Royal Institute of British Architects has named internationally acclaimed Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger as the recipient of the 2012 Royal Gold Medal. Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by the Queen of England and is awarded annually to a person or group of people whose influence on architecture has had a truly international effect.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>