Frank Gehry and Maya Lin Awarded Obama’s Presidential Medal of Freedom

Frank Gehry and Maya Lin Awarded Obama's Presidential Medal of Freedom, Louis Vuitton Foundation image © Todd Eberle. Vietnam Veterans Memorial competition image via Library of Congress, released to public domain by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Louis Vuitton Foundation image © Todd Eberle. Vietnam Veterans Memorial competition image via Library of Congress, released to public domain by Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

President Obama has named architects Frank Gehry and Maya Lin among the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. Established in its current decoration in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy, the award is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation’s highest civilian honor—it’s a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better. From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way,” said President Obama in a statement.

Previous architects to have won the award include Mies van der Rohe (1963), Buckminster Fuller (1983) and I.M. Pei (1993)

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Gehry was noted by the White House for his role in defining contemporary architecture, citing his well-known works the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Dancing House in Prague, and the Guggenheim Museum building in Bilbao, Spain.

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Maya Lin received commendation for her work in architecture, sculpture and landscape art, notably her design for Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., as well as her recent environmental activism, as seen in her ongoing project, “What is Missing?”.

The complete list of Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients is as follows:

  • Frank Gehry
  • Maya Lin
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Elouise Cobell (posthumous)
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Robert De Niro
  • Richard Garwin
  • Bill and Melinda Gates
  • Margaret H. Hamilton
  • Tom Hanks
  • Grace Hopper (posthumous)
  • Michael Jordan
  • Lorne Michaels
  • Newt Minow
  • Eduardo Padrón
  • Robert Redford
  • Diana Ross
  • Vin Scully
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Cicely Tyson

News via The White House Office of the Press Secretary.

World Architecture Festival 2016 – Day One Category Winners

Mixed-Use Completed Building: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, Malmö Live, Malmö, Sweden

Display – Completed Buildings: The Waterfront Pavilion by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp

Office – Completed Buildings: The Zig Zag Building, Lynch Architects

Culture – Completed Buildings: National Museum in Szczecin – Robert Konieczny, KWK Promes

Housing – Completed Buildings: Babin+Renaud, Aluminium Tip, Paris, France

Schools – Completed Buildings: Grüntuch Ernst Architekten, German School Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Infrastructure – Future Projects: Scott Brownrigg and Grimshaw, Nordic, Haptic, Fonksiyon, TAM/Kiklop, Istanbul New Airport

New and Old – Completed Building: Tabanlioglu Architects, Beyazit State Library

Civic and Community – Completed Buildings: Salburua Civic Centre, Vitoria-Gasteiz – Spain, by IDOM

Experimental – Future Projects: Spark Architects, Beach Hut, Singapore

House – Completed Buildings: OHLAB / Oliver Hernaiz Architecture Lab, House MM, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

 Production Energy And Recycling – Completed Buildings: Thomas Chung, Floating Fields, Shenzhen, China

Civic – Future Projects: Kohn Pedersen Fox, Hudson Yards, New York, USA

Office – Future Projects: nabil gholam architects, a.spire, Beirut, Lebanon

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