Rafael Moneo awarded with Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement


Rafael Moneo @La Biennale di Venezia website

Spanish architect, Rafael Moneo will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will take place on May 22nd, 2021.


Hashim Sarkis, Curator of the 2021 Biennale di Architettura, recommended Moneo as deserving of the award, stating that:


«Rafael Moneo is one of the most transformative architects of his generation (…) Throughout his long career, Moneo has maintained a poetic prowess, reminding us of the powers of architectural form to express, shape but also to endure. He has also been tenaciously committed to architecture as an act of building.


The Golden Lion for lifetime achievement is only befitting for the architect who took part in the Giudecca housing project of 1983, who won the competition for a new Cinema Palace at the Lido di Venezia in 1991, and who has drawn many a lesson for architecture from Venice». 


Sarkis arranged an exhibition to acknowledge and celebrate Moneo, in the Book Pavilion at the Giardini, which consists of a selection of plastic models and pictures of Moneo’s buildings that can be seen as an answer to the question: How will we live together?


Rafael Moneo besides being an emblematic architect, is an educator, a critic, and a theoretician who mints a Pritzker Prize (1996), a UIA Gold Medal (1996), a Royal Gold Medal – RIBA (2003), a Praemium Imperiale (2017), among others.


Here you can find the Biennale Architettura 2021 abstract of Moneo’s recognition.

The following is a compilation with some of the most relevant projects of Rafael Moneo:

University Museum of Navarra. Navarra, Spain @Duccio Malagamba
Torre Puig. Barcelona, Spain @Rafael Vargas Fotografía
Laboratories Building for Columbia University. Broadway, NY, USA @Duccio Malagamba
Toledo Convention Center. Toledo, Spain @Duccio Malagamba
National Museum of Roman Art. Mérida, Badajoz, Spain @Miguel Ángel Otero
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Los Angeles, California, USA @Michael Moran/OTTO
Murcia City Hall Extension. Murcia, Spain @Michael Moran/OTTO
Kuursal Auditorium and Congress Center. San Sebastián, Spain @Kuursal Website

The BAM team congratulates Rafael Moneo for the acknowledgment of his incredible work once more and we are sure it will always be among the greatest references to other architects.


The images used in this article are taken from Rafael Moneo’s website and other related pages.

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