Globalization Has Made Architecture Homogeneous, Says 2022 AIA Gold Medal Winner

Internationally renowned and multi-award winning Australian architect Sean Godsell, who was awarded the 2022 Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, has embarked on his lecture tour, which will explore the impacts of globalization on architecture and the importance of regionalism and environmentalism to his work.

The Gold Medal recognizes architects who have served with distinction and designed or executed buildings of great merit, produced works of great distinction to advance architecture, or endowed the profession.

Considered the highest honor of the Australian Institute of Architects, the Gold Medal was awarded to Godsell this year in recognition of a lifetime of work as a true master craftsman and for his commitment to excellence in design. design, detail and resolution.

Godsell’s notable portfolio includes Carter Tucker House, Peninsula House, St Andrews Beach House and House in the Hills. In 2015 he was shortlisted for the $450 million Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Modern project.

“Godsell’s work has made a significant contribution in expressing, on the world stage, an architectural response to Australia’s unique landscape,” noted the jury.

Godsell has started his gold medal tour, which will take him to every state and territory in Australia. His lecture series will delve deeper into the role of the architect in contemporary society and the interplay between globalism and local identities.

“Over the past twenty years or so, globalization has made architecture homogenous, where the very cultural considerations that make architecture possible – history, tradition and local conditions – have become abstract and amorphous,” a- he declared.

“We don’t subscribe to architecture that is hopelessly interesting on its own. We strive to make each building a little better than the last, and most of the time we manage to achieve this goal. »

Godsell’s lecture series also addresses the role architects will play in addressing global climate change.

“Throughout history we have served the community by designing buildings that continue to evolve and endure as we do and now we are on the front lines of the battle against climate change, ready and willing and able. to continue to help make the world a better place.

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