Today the AIA New York Chapter will award Daniel Libeskind, AIA, with the 2011 Medal of Honor. The 144th Annual Meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at the Center for Architecture. The Medal of Honor has been given to a member or firm for distinguished work and high professional standing. Beginning in 1917 this award is the highest honor and past recipients include Louis Skidmore (1949), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958), Toshikio Mori (2005) and David Childs (2010).
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Libeskind is an international architect and designer, and founder of Studio Daniel Libeskind, whose work includes museums, concert halls, universities, housing, hotels, convention centers and shopping centers. His buildings address the cultural context of their communities while inspiring new understanding of the importance of design to go beyond the expected. In New York, Mr. Libeskind is best known as the author of the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the re-animation of Lower Manhattan. Along with his wife and partner, Nina Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind has made a commitment to New York City, locating their office and residence in Lower Manhattan, and becoming active in the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, all of the living past presidents of AIANY (a list dating back to 1974) will be recognized at the event. Additional awards are below:
Award of Merit – Frank J. Sciame, Jr., Hon. AIANY Honorary Membership – Charles McKinney, Assoc. AIA, ASLA Andrew J. Thomas Award – Carol
Lamberg Harry B. Rutkins Award – Frederic Schwartz, FAIA Public Architect Award – Laurie D. Kerr, AIA George S. Lewis Award – WNYC Stephen
A. Kliment Oculus Award – John Morris Dixon, FAIA Special Citations
- Lisa Phillips and the New Museum
- Battery Park City Authority, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Albanese Organization, Inc.
- Solar One Green Energy, Arts and Education Center – Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA
The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Miele, and beverages are provided by Brooklyn Brewery.