RGM medallists



Staatsgalerie extension, Stuttgart

Designer: James Stirling Michael Wilford & Associates
Copyright: Alastair Hunter/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection (1983)

1980 - James Stirling

1981 - Sir Philip Dowson

1982 - Berthold Lubetkin

1983 - Sir Norman Foster

1984 - Charles Correa

1985 - Sir Richard Rogers

1986 - Arata Isozaki

1987 - Ralph Erskine

1988 - Richard Meier

1989 - Renzo Piano













RGM in historical context - world events in this decade

 1980 Designed by Richard Seifert, Tower 42 (formerly known as the NatWest Tower) was built as the first skyscraper in the City of London. 
 1982 The short-lived Falklands War took place, as the UK rescued the Falklands Islands from Argentina. 
 1983 Trump Tower, New York City by Der Scutt of Swanke, Hayden Connell was completed. With 58 storeys, the reinforced concrete tower was the tallest structure of this type in New York City when completed. 
 1984 The world became aware of famine in Africa as Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure recorded and released 'Do they know its Christmas?' to raise money for hunger relief. 
  At the Royal Gold Medal presentation, HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles described a proposed extension to the National Gallery, London as 'a hideous carbuncle on the face of an elegant and much-loved friend'. This was the first public declaration of His Royal Highness’ views on architecture. 
 1985 Designed by Sir Norman Foster and Partners, the headquarters of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited was completed. The 180 metre high building is notable for its absence of internal supporting structure, possibly due to the steel modular design and use of bridge engineering techniques. 
 1988 The longest undersea tunnel in the world, the Seikan Railway Tunnel in Japan was opened.  
 1989 The Berlin Wall fell and was followed by German reunification in 1990.