In the recent past, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Denise Scott Brown with the prestigious American Institute of Architects 2016 Gold Medal. Denise, an 84-year-old architect, won the award together with her husband and design partner, Robert Venturi.
Denise Scott becomes the second woman to win the American Institute of Architects award since it was established. The first woman to win the award was Julia Morgan. She received it in 2014. Julia was an architect in the early 20th century. However, Denise remains the first woman to ever win the award during her lifetime.
Scott Brown is an outstanding architect. Over the years, she has developed numerous structures. She has spent most of her career working together with her husband Venturi. AIA recognized the two for their contribution to the industry. Their works have served as an inspiration and challenge to many established and upcoming architects. Denise and Robert were awarded for their work on the Franklin Court Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia and the Sainsbury Wing of London’s National Gallery.
Scott Brown became a household name in 1991 when her husband won the Pritzker Prize without her. This was strange considering the fact that the two architects worked on the project together. In 2013, the Pritzker Prize jury decided not to revisit her exclusion from the award. This situation has generated protest from many professionals in the industry.
About American Institute of architects
The American Institute of architects is a Washington-based professional organization. The organization offers support to American architects by offering education, community redevelopment, government advocacy and public outreach. It also works towards enhancing the image of the industry.
The organization has over 90,000 members in the country. The institution has achieved much success under the visionary leadership of Robert Ivy, its chief executive officer, and Thomas V. Vonier, the president. Its headquarters are housed at a building that was designed by the institution. Notably, they own the building.
The American Institute of Architects was established in 1857 by a team of 13 architects in New York City. The group aimed at using the institution to promote scientific and practical perfection of architects in the country. It was also charged with the duty of elevating the standards of architecture in the country.
The organization has over 300 chapters. Its 90,000 members are licensed to practice in the United States. All members of AIA are required to follow the code of ethics and professional conduct, which has been formulated by the group. This requirement ensures that clients, colleges and the public enjoy the highest standards of professional practice.