RGM medallists



German Pavilion, Barcelona, 1929

Designer: Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig (1886-1969)
Copyright: Robert Elwall/RIBA Library Photographs Collection (1994)

1950 - Eliel Saarinen, Finland

1951 - Emanuel Vincent Harris

1952 - George Grey Wornum

1953 - Le Corbusier (CE Jeaneret) France

1954 - Sir Arthur George Stephenson

1955 - John Murry Easton

1956 - Dr. Walter Adolf Georg Gropius, Germany/USA

1957 - Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, Finland

1958 - Robert Schofield Morris, Canada

1959 - Prof. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Germany/USA   



RGM in historical context - world events in this decade

 1950 The Korean War starts between communist North Korea and the Republic of South Korea, quickly escalating into a proxy war between the capitalist powers of the United States and its allies and the Communist powers of the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union. 
  Eames House in Santa Monica, California, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, is completed. 
 1951 The Royal Festival Hall in London, designed by Leslie Martin, Peter Moro and Robert Matthew is opened, built as part of the Festival of Britain.  
  The JK Building in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is designed by Oscar Niemeyer, intended to function like an entire town. 
  Nikolaus Pevsner publishes the first in his Buildings of England series on Nottinghamshire.  
 1954 Le Corbusier completes the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France. 
 1956 The Suez Crisis is fought on Egyptian territory following the nationalisation of the Suez Canal when the United Kingdom, France and Israel successfully invade. The USA and Soviet Union unite in opposition and force the invading allies to withdraw, symbolizing the weakening of European global importance and the collapse of the British Empire. 
 1957 The Interbau project in West Berlin is completed, a housing development constructed as part of the 1957 International Building Exhibition in West Berlin. Contributing architects include Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Egon Eiermann, Walter Gropius, Arne Jacobsen and Oscar Niemeyer.  
 1958 The Seagram Building in New York, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is completed. 
 1959 The Guggenheim Museum in New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is completed, founded to showcase avant-garde art by early modernists. The distinctive building, Wright's last major work, polarised architecture critics.  
  The Vietnam War starts in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, lasting through to 1975, having a major impact on US politics, culture and foreign relations.