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AIA Gold Medal, Predock, Moore
Antoine Predock, FAIA, has won the AlA's highest honor, the 2006 AIA Gold Medal, and California-based Moore Ruble Yudell Architects have won the 2006 Firm Award.
Predock, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, becomes the 62nd AIA Gold Medalist. His work, which spans roughly 40 years, is inspired perhaps most by the country's rugged landscapes, with buildings that often emulate rock formations, combined with contemporary angular forms. Another major influence, says the architect, is the cultural landscape
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surrounding each building. Predock notes that poets, writers, painters, and dancers are some of his greatest influences, next to the likes of Louis Kahn and Frank Lloyd Wright. "We delve into everything about a site," he says of his firm's highly site-specific work, which he calls "episodic," and even "cinematographic."
One well-known project is the Minnesota Gateway in Minneapolis, whose facade seems similar to a large stone face. Its interior is highlighted by a public space formed by an irregular polyhedron of colliding granite planes and glazed fissures that allow sunlight to enter in sharp beams. The recently completed Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, Georgia [RECORD, May, 2005, page 218], merges the rocky geology of the city's Flint River with the building itself, formed with concrete and limestone blocks. Predock recently completed a new City Hall for Austin, Texas, and a new baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres. His office has just opened a branch in Taipei, Taiwan, and last month broke ground on the National Palace Museum in that city. The project, like much of Predock's latest work, is lighter, employing glass, steel, and bronze, and utilizing high-tech materials like photovoltaics throughout its meshlike facade.
Predock, born in Missouri, studied architecture at the University of New Mexico and at Columbia University. His firm has won numerous regional AIA awards, and he won the American Academy's Rome Prize in 1985 and the Chicago Architecture Prize in 1992.
Completing an honors lineup tilted toward the western states, Moore Ruble Yudell, headquartered in Santa Monica, has garnered acclaim for its humanistic, urban, welcoming, large-scale residential and mixed-use projects. The firm is led by partners John Ruble, FAIA, and Buzz Yudell, FAIA, and was established in 1977. An excellent example of the firm's work is the recently completed Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center at the University of Cincinnati [RECORD, August 2005, page 118]. Here, the firm created a lively, light-filled collection of spaces by carefully
overlapping interior and exterior areas, and juxtaposing brick, metal, and concrete materials. The "Tango" Housing in Malmo, Sweden [RECORD, February, 2002, page 156] employs subdued massing and angular geometries to both mesh with its surrounding streetscape and add excitement to its interior courtyards.
The firm has also completed civic, cultural, institutional, and research projects. In addition to architecture, it provides interior and graphic design services.
Both the Gold Medal and Firm Award will be handed out at the AIA's Accent on Architecture Gala in Washington, D.C., on February 10. Sam Lubell
Topaz Medallion and 25 Year Award complete major prizes
Topaz Medallion William McMinn, FAIA, will receive the AIA and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)'s 2006 Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education. McMinn, 74, is best known as the founding dean of the architecture program at Florida International University. McMinn achieved full accreditation for the department from the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and changed its status to a school of architecture in 1997. McMinn also served as dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell and as NAAB president, and helped establish architecture programs in Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
25 Year Award This year's recipient of the AIA 25 Year Award is Thorncrown Chapel, designed by E. Fay Jones. The building is considered the most famous work by Jones, the highly regarded student of Frank Lloyd Wright. Located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, the structure rises from a flagstone wall that nestles into an Ozark hillside. A
rhythmic series of diamonds appears in a system of cross-lattice wooden members overhead, which are a counterpoint to the attenuated volume. These trusses also recall the intertwined tree branches viewed through the chapel's 425 windows. Jones passed away last year at age 83 [RECORD, October 2004, page 31]. David Sokol
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