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Royal Gold Medal

Royal Gold Medal 2021

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."

Awarded since 1848, past Royal Gold Medallists include Grafton Architects (2020), Sir Nicholas Grimshaw (2019), Neave Brown (2018), Dame Zaha Hadid (2016), Frank Gehry (2000), Sir Norman Foster (1983), Frank Floyd Wright (1941) and Sir George Gilbert Scott (1859).

“Receiving the Royal Gold Medal consolidates and inspires our conviction that architecture is an optimistic discipline with possibilities of imagining new ways of living, based on invention, respect, and economy in the use of precious natural resources.” - Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects and recipients of the Royal Gold Medal 2020.

See the list of Royal Gold Medal recipients from 1980 to 2020. 

Nominate someone for the 2021 Royal Gold Medal

Nominations for the 2021 Royal Gold Medal are now open.

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