Phare Tower by Morphosis
Earlier today the Board of Directors of The American Institute of Architects voted to award the 2013 AIA Gold Medal to Thom Mayne, principal of Morphosis. The Gold Medal honors an individual whose work reflects a lasting influence on the practice of architecture. The Pritzker winner is the 69th AIA Gold Medalist, joining the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Santiago Calatrava, and Steven Holl.
Cooper Union by Morphosis
Morphosis, Mayne's Los Angeles-based firm, was founded in 1972, the same year that the architect and colleagues founded the Southern California Institute of Architect (SCI-Arc). Know for his angular forms and exposed structural elements, Mayne’s work has continued to evolve with every new project, rather fitting considering the name of his firm. In addition to his growing body of work, Mayne also sits on the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities.
American Folk Art Museum by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
The AIA Board of Directors also voted for the recipient of the 2013 AIA Architecture Firm Award, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The award is the highest honor the AIA can bestow on an architecture firm, recognizing practices that have continually produced distinguished work over the past 10 years. Both winners will be honored at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver in June.