Antoine Predock, FAIA, has won the AIA's highest honor, the 2006 AIA Gold Medal, and California-based Moore Ruble Yudell Architects have won the 2006 Firm Award.
Predock, based in Albuquerque, becomes the 62nd AIA Gold Medalist. His work is inspired by the country's rugged landscapes, with buildings that often emulate rock formations, combined with highly contemporary, angular shapes. One well- known project is the Minnesota Gateway in Minneapolis, whose fa?ade seems similar to a large stone face. Its interior is highlighted by a public space formed by an irregular polyhedron of colliding granite planes and glazed fissures that allow sunlight to enter in sharp beams. The recently completed Flint Riverquarium in Albany, Georgia (RECORD, May, 2005), merges the rocky geology of the city's Flint River with the building itself, formed with concrete and limestone blocks. Predock also recently completed a new City Hall for Austin, Texas, and a new baseball stadium for the San Diego Padres.
Completing an honors lineup tilted towards the Western states, Moore Ruble Yudell, headquartered in Santa Monica, has garnered acclaim for its human-scaled, urban, and welcoming large-scale residential projects. These include the recently-completed Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center at the University of Cincinnati (RECORD, August 2005). Here, the firm created a lively, light-filled collection of spaces by carefully overlapping interior and exterior spaces, and juxtaposing brick, metal, and concrete range of materials. The 'Tango' Housing in Malm?, Sweden (RECORD, February, 2002) employs subdued massing and angular geometries to both mesh with the surrounding streetscape and add to excitement to the interior courtyards.
Both the Gold Medal and Firm Award will be awarded at the AIA's Accent on Architecture in Washington, D.C. on Friday, February 10. More coverage on the Gold Medal, the Firm Award, and other AIA honors will be featured in coming days.