The UIA member sections are invited to nominate candidates for the Gold Medal and the five UIA Prizes, to be awarded at the next UIA congress in Durban.
The Gold Medal is the most prestigious award conferred upon an architect by architects, chosen from among nominations submitted by professional organisations worldwide. The truly international procedure expresses UIA values: professionalism, cultural diversity and independence. It is free from all forms of discrimination, self-interest or partisanship. Espousing similar values are the UIA Prizes, which recognize a particular theme in architectural professional practice:
- The Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize for town planning and improving the quality of public spaces and landscapes
- The Auguste Perret Prize for advanced technology, innovation, and implementation of green and energy-efficient structures and materials
- The Jean Tschumi Prize for excellence in architectural education, criticism or architectural history, all of which contribute to high quality architecture
- The Sir Robert Matthew Prize for the amelioration of habitats and public spaces in the interest of harmonious and cooperative development
- The Vassilis Sgoutas Prize for architecture serving the most impoverished and for the conception of inventive solutions for reducing poverty and indigence.
These five prizes are named for the past Presidents of the UIA whose fame was founded on their ethics as well as on their mastery of their particular discipline. Candidatures suggested by the UIA member sections or Council members should be uploaded to the UIA website before 31 March 2014. The jury, composed of the UIA Bureau members, will meet on 5 May 2014, in Melbourne, Australia.
In 2011, the Gold Medal was accorded to Portugese architect, Alvaro Siza; the Auguste Perret Prize went to Japanese architect Shigeru Ban; British architect Kenneth Frampton and Mexican Louise Noelle Gras were awarded the Jean Tschumi Prize; the Chief town-planner of Saint Petersbourg, Valentin Nazarov, won the Sir Patrick Abercrombie Prize; the Vassilis Sgoutas Prize went to Italian architect Fabrizio Carola and the Mexican team led by Carlos Gonzalez Lobo.