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James Stewart Polshek Wins 2018 AIA Gold Medal

16:20 - 6 December, 2017
James Stewart Polshek Wins 2018 AIA Gold Medal, William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley
William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has named James Stewart Polshek, FAIA, as the recipient of the 2018 AIA Gold Medal. Lauded by the AIA for his “unparalleled vision and leadership,” Polshek has enjoyed fruitful professional and academic careers as a founding partner of James Stewart Polshek Architect (later Polshek Partnership and currently Ennead Architects) and a former dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Honoring “an individual or pair of architects whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture,” the AIA Gold Medal is often considered the highest honor awarded in the United States for architecture.

Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto Newseum / Freedom Forum Foundation World Headquarters (2008). Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto The Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York (2000). Image © Jeff Goldberg/Esto William J Clinton Presidential Center and Park (2004). Image © Timothy Hursley + 5

"Every Building is a Social Critique" - Polshek Describes His Oeuvre in Latest Book

00:00 - 10 May, 2014
"Every Building is a Social Critique" - Polshek Describes His Oeuvre in Latest Book, Polshek's memorable design for the Rose Center for Earth and Space (2000) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Image © Timothy Hursley
Polshek's memorable design for the Rose Center for Earth and Space (2000) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Image © Timothy Hursley

While architects don't always see the connection between politics, social constructs, and architecture, James Stewart Polshek considers the three indivisible. In an interview on Metropolis Magazine about his newly released book Build, Memory, he describes how this belief launched his career 65 years ago. To learn more about Polshek's approach to architecture and the publication, click here.

ArchDaily takes on the National Mall by Bike

13:00 - 23 May, 2012
Washington National Monument and the United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily
Washington National Monument and the United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily

Partially cloudy with a high in the mid-seventies, this was weather we couldn’t say no to on the Sunday after the 2012 National Convention. Therefore we took advantage of the Washington D.C. Capital Bikeshare and set off on a self-guided tour of the National Mall. Although the National Mall was packed with graduates and tourists, we managed to weave in and out of pedestrian traffic quick enough to visit many of the historic buildings and memorials before heading off to Eero Saarinen’s beautiful Dulles International Airport. What a perfect way to wrap up an eventful week in the nation’s capital.

United States Capitol Building © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily Vietnam Veterans Memorial © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily Lincoln Memorial © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily Thomas Jefferson Memorial © Karissa Rosenfield / ArchDaily + 33