Paulo Mendes da Rocha wins the 2021 UIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement


Paulo Mendes da Rocha @UIA website

Brazilian architect, Paulo Mendes da Rocha has been announced as winner of the 2021 UIA Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement .


The Jury resolved to recognize Mendes da Rocha’s «unique status as a daring iconoclast whose work has taken architecture to new heights of technical virtuosity». Regarding his conviction that all spaces should be understood as public, the jury said that his «UIA Gold Medal exemplifies a lifetime of achievement spanning seven decades that emphasized architecture as a public act», as stated on the International Union of Architects (UIA) website.


His passion for concrete and innovative construction methods has led him to be a great representative of modern architecture not only in Latin America but internationally; and has earned him awards such as the 2nd Mies Van der Rohe prize for Latin American architecture (2000), the Pritzker Prize (2006), the Venice Biennale Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (2016) being the first Brazilian architect to obtain this merit. In 2017, he was also awarded the Royal Gold Medal.


Here you can find the press release, where other winners were also announced:


– Diébédo Francis Kéré – The Robert Matthew Prize for Sustainable & Humane Environments.

– Doğan Kuban – The Jean Tschumi Award for Architectural Writing.

– Anupama Kundoo & Rudy Ricciotti – The August Perret Prize for Technology

– Joan Busquets i Grau – The Patrick Abercrombie Prize for Urban Planning and Design

– David Kaunitz and Ka Wai Yeung / Nadia Tromp / Jiansong Lu – The Vassilis Sgoutas Prize for Implemented Architecture Serving the Impoverished.

The following is a compilation with some of the most relevant projects of Paulo Mendes da Rocha:

Brazilian Sculpture Museum. Sao Paulo, Brazil @via Arquitectura y Diseño
Pinacoteca of the State of Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo, Brazil @Leonardo Finotti
FIESP Cultural Center. Sao Paulo, Brazil @Nelson Kon
Museum of the Portuguese Language. Sao Paulo, Brazil @via Wikipedia
National Coach Museum. Belém, Portugal @Fernando Guerra
Paulistano Athletic Club Gymnasium. Sao Paulo, Brazil @via Arquitectura y Diseño
Butantã House. Sao Paulo, Brazil @Nelson Kon

The BAM team congratulates Paulo Mendes da Rocha on this gratifying achievement and without any doubt, acknowledges this great architect as one of the most important in Brazil, Latin America, and the rest of the world.


The images used in this article are taken from UIA and Arquitectura y Diseño websites, and other related pages.

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