The winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2014 is the celebrated architect, critic, historian and writer Joseph Rykwert. He was presented with the medal by RIBA President Stephen Hodder at a black tie dinner at the RIBA in London.
Joseph also gave a lecture on 24 February 'The Profession and the Art', which will also see the Honorary and International Fellowships presented.
Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty The Queen and is given to a person or group of people who have had a significant influence 'either directly or indirectly on the advancement of architecture'.
Joseph has written numerous influential works of architectural criticism and history, published over a sixty-year period and translated into several languages. The most significant of these are On Adam's House in Paradise (1972), The First Moderns (1980), The Necessity of Artifice (1982), The Dancing Column: On Order in Architecture (1996), and The Seduction of Place (2002); all have changed the way modern architects and planners think about cities and buildings, and how historians view the architectural roots of the modern era.