The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has unveiled a recording of the day Ray Eames became the first woman ever to receive the Royal Gold Medal. Commemorating a historical ceremony, the audio reveals the acceptance speech of Ray Eames, during the 131st presentation of the Royal Gold Medal to the office of Charles & Ray Eames in 1979. RIBA, has released an audio recording of Ray Eames and RIBA President Gordon Graham at the RIBA Royal Gold Medal ceremony. Converted to a digital file by RIBA’s former Chief Archivist, the architectural historian Kurt Helfrich, the never-released audio highlights the day Ray Eames accepted the Medal, on 12 June 1979, one year after the death of her partner Charles Eames. Selected by a committee with a strong affiliation to modernism philosophy and American design influences, the duo had a different architectural output from previous medal recipients. Awarded for the contribution to the general field rather than just for their architecture, Charles & Ray Eames were celebrated because of their design for everyday life.
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