Álvaro Siza has been announced as the RIBA's 2009 Royal Gold Medallist. As part of the RIBA's 175th anniversary celebrations, the medal will be presented by Her Majesty the Queen at a private audience at Buckingham Palace on 26 February 2009. This is only the fourth time the medal has been presented by the Queen in person.
The official citation reads:
“Álvaro Siza is simply a profoundly complete architect who defies categorisation. The forging of a masterful and seemingly inevitable architecture out of the possibilities of a site is one of the supreme characteristics of Álvaro Siza’s architecture. He manipulates his readings of place into sculptural forms that are never predictable or ordinary, yet are never allowed to dominate over use or typological intelligibility."
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