The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just announced that Moshe Safdie, FAIA, will be the 2015 AIA Gold Medal recipient. Honoring him for his “comprehensive and humane approach to designing public and cultural spaces across the world has touched millions of people and influenced generations of younger architects,” the AIA believes that Safdie's work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. “Moshe Safdie has continued to practice architecture in the purest and most complete sense of the word, without regard for fashion, with a hunger to follow ideals and ideas across the globe in his teaching, writing, practice and research,” stated Boston Society of Architects president Mike Davis in his nomination letter. The Israeli-born, Canadian and American architect, best known for his stacked Habitat ’67 apartments in Montreal, was first mentored by the great Louis Kahn (also an AIA Gold Medalist). Since, he has served as an educator, most notably the director of Harvard GSD's urban design program from 1978-84, and has establish offices in Boston, Jerusalem and Shanghai.
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