The American Institute of Architects NY Chapter (AIANY) bestowed it's the highest award, the Medal of Honor, upon designer and architect Daniel Libeskind for his distinguished work and high professional standing. Past recipients include Louis Skidmore (1949), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1958), Toshiko Mori (2005) and David Childs (2010).
Libeskind is best known as the author of the master plan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center site and the re-animation of Lower Manhattan. Along with his wife and partner, Nina Libeskind, he has made a commitment to New York City, locating their office and residence in Lower Manhattan, and becoming active in the AIA New York Chapter and Center for Architecture.
Daniel Libeskind in front of his extension to the Denver Art Museum.
Founder of Studio Daniel Libeskind, his work includes museums, concert halls, universities, housing, hotels, convention centers and shopping centers. His buildings address the cultural context of their communities while inspiring new understanding of the importance of design to go beyond the expected.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, all of the living past presidents of AIANY (a list dating back to 1974) were recognized at the event. The following awards were also bestowed:
Award of Merit: Frank J. Sciame, Jr.
Honorary Membership: Charles McKinney
Andrew J. Thomas Award: Carol Lamberg
Harry B. Rutkins Award: Frederic Schwartz
Public Architect Award: Laurie D. Kerr
George S. Lewis Award: WNYC
Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award: John Morris Dixon, FAIA
Special Citations went to Lisa Phillips and the New Museum; Battery Park City Authority, Pelli Clarke of Pelli Architects; Albanese Organization; Solar One Green Energy, Arts and Education Center; and Kirsten Sibilia, Assoc. AIA.