Archinect - News 2015-01-25T17:28:37-05:00 Toyo Ito to receive 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture Justine Testado 2014-03-17T15:03:00-04:00 >2014-03-18T09:36:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="756" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Renowned Japanese architect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Toyo Ito</a> was recently named the recipient of the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture. Hosted by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture</a>, the annual award recognizes achievements in fields that Thomas Jefferson -- the 3rd U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of UVA -- excelled in and highly regarded.</p><p>Ito will formally receive the medal on Friday, April 11, instead of the traditional date of Jefferson's birthday on April 13. He will also be speaking in a translated public talk at 3:30 p.m. in the UVA Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.</p><p>Here's more info about Toyo Ito:</p><p>"After studying architecture at the University of Tokyo, Ito worked in the office of prominent Japanese architect Kiyonori Kikutake until founding his own Tokyo-based office, Urban Robot, in 1971, later renamed Toyo Ito &amp; Associates. Ito&rsquo;s practice has completed a wide range of projects, from small-scale housing to seminal public works,...</p> American Icons: Monticello Archinect 2012-02-17T14:46:00-05:00 >2012-02-19T18:44:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="307" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Monticello is home renovation run amok. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States; he designed Monticello to the fraction of an inch and never stopped changing it. Yet Monticello was also a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson&rsquo;s own children. Today his white and black descendants still battle over who can be buried at Monticello. It was trashed by college students, saved by a Jewish family, and celebrated by FDR.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>