The Swiss architects Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron, famed for projects
including Tate Modern and the Laban dance centre in the UK, are the recipients
of one of architectures most prestigious prizes, the Royal Gold Medal.
They will be presented with the award by Jack Pringle, President of the Royal
Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
at a glittering ceremony tomorrow night at the RIBA in London.
Given in recognition of a lifetimes work, the Royal Gold Medal is approved
personally by Her Majesty the Queen and is given annually to a person or group
of people whose influence on architecture has had a truly international effect.
The honour recognises the impact Herzog & de Meuron have made both on cities
and on architects throughout the world, from their early inspirational work
in Switzerland, via the London projects for Tate Modern (2000) and the RIBA
Stirling Prize - winning Laban dance centre (2003), to their recent and current
work in Barcelona, Tokyo, Beijing and the United States.
Jack Pringle, RIBA President said:
I look forward to presenting Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron with
the Royal Gold Medal tomorrow night. Their career has seen them move painlessly
from being an experimental studio to a big practice without the work being diluted
in any way. They reinvent everything with each new project and do it with such
vigour. As teachers their influence on the current and future generations of
architects is huge.
This years Royal Gold Medal jury was chaired by RIBA President Jack Pringle
and made up of: Chris Wilkinson, Wilkinson Eyre Architects; Deborah Saunt, DSDHA;
Christophe Egret, Studio Egret; Kenneth Powell, journalist and writer and client
Lady Susie Sainsbury of Turville.
At the ceremony, the RIBA will also be awarding its 2007 International and
Honorary Fellowships to recipients including Odile Decq, Ken Livingstone, Paul
Smith and Kevin McCloud. The 2007 Royal Gold Medal programme is supported by
Ebel and Hobs Reprographics.