The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has named architectural historian and critic Joseph Rykwert the recipient of the 2014 Royal Gold Medal in recognition of his contributions to the field. Over his 60-year career, Rykwert has written numerous influential works of architectural criticism and history, including "The Idea of a Town"(1963), which offers an in-depth look at why and how cities are formed. His other significant books—among them "Adam's House in Paradise" (1972), "The First Moderns" (1980), "The Necessity of Artifice" (1982), and "The Seduction of Place" (2002)—continue to shape how modern architects and planners think about cities and buildings.
“Joseph's writing and teaching are rare in that he can deliver the most profound thinking on architecture in an accessible way,” RIBA president Stephen Hodder said in a statement. “All our lives are the richer for it.”
In addition to his published works, Rykwert has held a number of university teaching posts and visiting appointments at Princeton, the Cooper Union, Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Sydney, and Louvain, among others. He is currently Paul Philippe Cret Professor of Architecture Emeritus and was professor of art history at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his honors are the Bruno Zevi prize in architectural history and the Gold Medal Bellas Artes.
Rykwert officially will receive the Royal Gold Medal at a special event in February.