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The AIA Finally Awards Its Gold Medal to a Black Architect—Posthumously

Why can't architecture manage to identify living women and architects of color for their most prestigious award?
Paul Revere Williams with his Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport.
Paul Revere Williams with his Theme Building at Los Angeles International Airport. Julius Shulman Photographic Archive/The Getty Research Institute

The American Institute of Architects just awarded its highest honor to a black architect for the first time ever—posthumously.

Paul Revere Williams, a Los Angeles–based designer who died in 1980, won the Gold Medal for his extensive body of work in Southern California and beyond. His honor comes two years after the AIA awarded its Gold Medal in 2014 to a woman for the first time ever—posthumously.