About the Royal Gold Medal
Royal Gold Medal
Established in 1848, the Royal Gold Medal is still celebrated today. The Royal Medal online exhibition was especially created to coincide with the RIBA's 175th anniversary and takes you through the history, winners and more.
Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is awarded annually to a person or group of people
whose influence on architecture has had a
truly international effect.
The award is for a body of work, rather than for one building or for an architect who is currently fashionable. Previous winners include Le Corbusier (1953), Frank Gehry (2000), Archigram (2002), Frei Otto (2005), Toyo Ito (2006), Herzog and de Meuron (2007), Edward (Ted) Cullinan (2008), Alvaro Siza (2009), I. M. Pei (2010), Sir David Chipperfield (2011) and Herman Hertzberger (2012).