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 1990


During it meeting in Paris on January 21 and 22, 1990, the jury attributed the UIA Gold Medal to Charles Correa for "the exemplary nature of his life's work, in homage to his artistic insight and his human qualities that are an integral part of his architecture."
"The integration of strong geometric forms and the frequent use of vernacular materials satisfies both the aspirations and the cultural identity of the communities for which the edifices are constructed."