AIA Gold Medal 2010


Peter Bohlin

Peter Bohlin

“Again and again, his work demonstrates that great cities, towns, and buildings are created by designers looking to further the story of their place in a collaborative and contextual way, not by singular architecture that calls for heedless and self-serving attention”. With these words, the jury of the American Institute of Architects justified its decision to bestow its greatest recognition on Peter Bohlin. Founding member of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – which already received in 1994 the AIA award to the best architectural studio –, Bohlin is the author of an extensive work characterized by the intelligent use of a varied palette of materials, contained and elegant forms, and concern for urban context. Among this works, the AIA has highlighted the Ledge House in Maryland – a vernacular residence formed by a series of timber pavilions; the Apple Store on 5th Avenue in New York – a cube of structural glass that takes visitors below ground, away from the busy urban milieu; or the Seattle City Hall – a prism of glass and steel that reflects the urban fabric and the sky, opening up to a staggered public square.  

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