gold medal

Médaille d'or


This unique distinction, international and free from any governmental or private interest, is the highest recognition the UIA can give, the highest distinction an architect can receive from his/her peers. It is awarded to a living architect as a tribute to his/her achievements and the contributions made throughout his/her life and career to mankind, society, and the promotion of the art of architecture.


The UIA Gold Medal is awarded every three years and its winner honoured during an official ceremony at the UIA world congress of architecture. In creating this distinction in 1984, the UIA Council hoped to invest it with the same prestige as the Nobel Prize in the areas of art, science, and peace.


The UIA Member Sections and Council members can submit a single candidate to each session to select a UIA Gold Medallist. The candidate can be from their own organisation or another UIA Member Section.

Gold medal 1996

During his career of international renown, Rafael Moneo has devoted himself to architectural design and teaching architecture. His projects have enlightened the architectural profession by enhancing the urban context while preserving and respecting the existing environment.

Most of his works are woven into the city fabric and are an integral part of the life and daily space of the inhabitants. Rafael Moneo succeeds in creating a balance between tradition and innovation.