Rafael Moneo To Be Awarded Inaugural Soane Medal For Contribution To Architecture

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Pritzker Prize-winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo has been named as the recipient of the Inaugural Soane Medal for his contributions to architecture, presented by Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Rafael Moneo is the first architect to receive the Soane Medal and to deliver the Soane Annual Lecture – a new signature public event that recognises architects, artists, writers and others whose work has broadened and enriched understandings of architecture and the built environment.

The Soane Annual Lecture will be held on November 1st, 2017 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street and will be the headline event in the Museum’s new programme of talks beginning in September.

The inaugural Soane Annual Lecture will be delivered by the distinguished Spanish architect Rafael Moneo, who has devoted his career to teaching, writing and practice.

Moneo’s career has embodied the idea of architecture as something that resides not just in the structure and the materials of a building, but in time and place, word and image, people and community. His most famous works include the National Museum of Art in Merida, the extension to Prado Museum in Madrid, and the City Hall in Murcia.

In addition to the lecture Moneo will be awarded the Soane Medal, a copy of the medal presented in 1835 to Sir John Soane by ‘the Architects of England’, in recognition of his ‘essential services to Architecture’. The Soane Annual Lecture continues the mission established by the Museum’s founder Sir John Soane.

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