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Edward Barnes awarded posthumous AIA Gold Medal.

The AIA New York Chapter announced that the chapter's nominee, Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, was posthumously awarded the national 2007 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

Mark E. Strauss, FAIA, AICP, 2006 president of the New York Chapter noted, "The work of Edward Barnes had a major impact both on New York City and nationwide during his career, and his influence on practitioners continues to be felt today."

The AIA Gold Medal, voted on annually, is considered to be the profession's highest honor that an architect can receive.

The Gold Medal honors an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Barnes becomes the 63rd AIA Gold Medalist, joining the ranks of such visionaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves and Santiago Calatrava. In recognition of his legacy to architecture, Barnes' name now will grace the granite Wall of Honor located in the lobby of the AIA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In September, the New York Chapter, along with the Chicago and Kansas City chapters, made a joint nomination on behalf of Mr. Barnes, who died in 2004 at age 89. The recognition came about because of the efforts of a distinguished group of architects from around the country who orchestrated the support for Mr. Barnes's nomination. The group included Henry Cobb, FAIA; Bruce Fowle, FAIA; Robert Campbell, FAIA; Kevin Roche, FAIA; Charles Gwathmey, FAIA; Terrence Riley, AIA; and Toshiko Mori, FAIA.

Henry L. Cobb, FAIA, Principal of the internationally celebrated architectural firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, made the presentation to the awards committee on behalf of Mr. Barnes. In response to the award, Cobb ob served, "Ed Barnes was arguably the most accomplished and influential of those American-born architects who were trained by the first generation of European Modernists and then went on to give Modernism a specifically American voice.

"During his 45 years of active practice, Barnes gave eloquent voice to his own interpretation of modernist design principles in a wide variety of building types and settings.

"I am honored to have helped him achieve this long overdue recognition"

Bruce Fowle, FAIA, principal of FXFOWLE Architects said, "Ed Barnes' selection as the 2007 Gold Medalist is a great thrill for all of us who helped in this effort and everyone who had the pleasure of working for this wonderful, talented, and most generous man. Posthumous recognition of Ed's numerous contributions is a welcome sign that the critical values of our profession prevail."

Barnes was noted for crisp, geometric buildings in both rural and urban landscapes.

His work includes Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, Crown Center in Kansas City, 590 Madison Avenue (formerly the IBM Building) in New York City, 599 Lexington Avenue, in New York, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Dallas Museum of Art, Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C. and The Sarah M. Scaife Gallery at the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh.

Barnes will be commemorated at the American Architectural Foundation Accent on Architecture Gala, February 9, 2007 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
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Date:Dec 27, 2006
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