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Moshe Safdie, AIA Gold Medal 2015

Eclectic Practices


Since the year 1907 the American Institute of Architects has given its Gold Medal to professionals deemed influential in architectural theory and practice. The prize for 2015 goes to Moshe Safdie, born in 1938 in Haifa (Israel) but based abroad since 1953, first in Toronto and then in the USA, where he trained with Louis Kahn, whom he considers his master. Through his prolific though uneven career Safdie has worked in different languages, from the Kahnian classicism of the Khalsa Heritage Center, the brutalism of the Habitat 67 apartments, or the refined expressionism of the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem to the dazzling corporate iconography of one of his latest buildings, the megalomaniac Marina Bay Sands complex in Singapore.

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