The Alvar Aalto Medal

Sketch of Alvar Aalto medal. Alvar Aalto Museum Collections

The Alvar Aalto Medal winners and juries

The medal bearing the name of Academician Alvar Aalto and also designed by him, was founded in 1967 to honour creative architecture. The medal can be awarded to living persons who have in a significant way distinguished themselves creatively within the field of architecture.

Alvar Aalto himself received the first medal in 1967. The internationally renowned prize is awarded every few years.

2017 will mark 50 years since the founding of the award.

1967 Alvar Aalto

On the initiative of the founding bodies, the Finnish Association of Architects, Foundation for the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and the Finnish Society of Architecture.

1973 Hakon Ahlberg (Sweden)

Jury: Alvar Aalto, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Kirmo Mikkola, Heikki Hosia, Kjell Lund, and Leslie Martin.

1978 James Stirling (UK)

Jury: Erik Kråkström, Aarno Ruusuvuori, Kirmo Mikkola, Kjell Lund and James Richards.

1982 Jørn Utzon (Denmark)

Jury: Aarno Ruusuvuori, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Kirmo Mikkola, Henning Larsen, and Roland Schweitzer.

1985 Tadao Ando (Japan)

Jury: Aarno Ruusuvuori, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Kirmo Mikkola, Henning Larsen, and Roland Schweitzer.

Architect Tadao Ando at the Alvar Aalto Symposium. Photo: Alvar Aalto Museum.

1988 Alvaro Siza (Portugal)

Jury: Pekka Salminen, Jaakko Numminen, Juhani Pallasmaa, Pekka Helin, Carl Nyrén, and Kenneth Frampton.

1992 Glenn Murcutt (Australia)

Jury: Gunnel Adlercreutz, Pentti Kareoja, Aimo Murtomäki, Juhani Pallasmaa, Sverre Fehn, and Kenneth Frampton.

1998 Steven Holl (USA)

Jury: Jyrki Tasa, Pentti Kareoja, Markku Komonen, Aimo Murtomäki, Niels Torp, and Kenneth Frampton. The medal was presented on the occasion of the centenary anniversary of the birth of Alvar Aalto on February 3, 1998.

2003 Rogelio Salmona (Columbia)

Jury: Kristian Gullichsen, Harri Hautajärvi, Aimo Murtomäki, Pekka Pakkala, Peter Zumthor, and Louisa Hutton.

2009 Tegnestuen Vandkunsten (Denmark)

Jury: Anna Brunow, Mikko Heikkinen, Juha Ilonen, Pekka Pakkala, Matti Rautiola, Yoshio Taniguchi, and Gert Wingårdh.

2012 Paulo David (Portugal)

Jury: Glenn Murcutt, Jens Arnfred, Luis Mansilla, Roy Mänttäri, and Simo Paavilainen.

2015 Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano (Spain)

Jury: Rainer Mahlamäki, Simo Freese, Wessel de Jonge, Dorte Mandrup–Poulsen.

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