The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture is one of
the most prestigious honors awarded in the discipline of
architecture and its related fields, arising from the unique
environment afforded by Jefferson's design for the University of
Virginia. Since 1966, the medal has recognized the architects,
historians, politicians, and benefactors behind some of the most
influential designs of the last half century, including Shigeru
Ban, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Richard Rogers, Jane Jacobs,
Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, Vincent J. Scully, Lawrence Halprin,
Philip Johnson, I. M. Pei, Kenzo Tange, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto,
and Mies van der Rohe.
This handsome volume catalogues the first forty recipients of
this honor, outlining their achievements in brief biographies and
showcasing their most famous work in color photographs. As School
of Architecture Dean Karen Van Lengen writes in the introduction,
the Medal "acknowledg es] the comprehensive nature of the design
and development of our public realm.... As democracy is a process,
so too is design a process that shapes current aesthetic and
technological innovations and gives our culture meaning. The
Medalists in this book reflect these values and principles in many
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