The Royal Gold Medal was established by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1848 and is still awarded and celebrated today. It was conceived as a result of a conversation between the then President of the Institute of British Architects, Earl de Grey, and Prince Albert.
Here we take a look at some of the winners over the years since the award began.
The architect behind Battersea Power Station and the red K2 GPO telephone box, two iconic British structures
Edwin Lutyens studied at the Royal College of London before working in both London, Liverpool and New Delhi. He is known for championing architecture as a superior art form.
Creator of modern architecture in post-Independence India, Correa won the Royal Gold Medal in 1984 and has worked for over four decades
Norman Foster has been described as one of the truly influential figures of his generation. His most famous buildings include the Reichstag, Berlin and the Hearst Tower, New York.
Richard Rogers, the architect behind Terminal 5 at Heathrow and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, has "an unshakeable belief in the art of the possible".