Presentation of the 2020 President’s Medal to Andrew Freear

July 1, 2020

Recorded on June 1, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines in effect through the spring of 2020, The Architectural League presented its 2020 President’s Medal in an online program and ceremony on June 1, 2020. League President Paul Lewis presented the medal to Andrew Freear, director of Rural Studio, Auburn University’s off-campus design-build program located in Newbern, Alabama.

The President’s Medal is The Architectural League’s highest honor and is bestowed, at the discretion of the League’s President and Board of Directors, to recognize extraordinary achievements in architecture, urbanism, art, design, and the environment.

This year’s proceedings were streamed live to an audience of supporters, collaborators, and friends. Along with a video tribute to Andrew and to the achievements of Rural Studio, the evening featured Andrew live in conversation with Billie Tsien, founding partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners, and Marlon Blackwell, Professor and Chair of the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Paul Lewis and Rosalie Genevro, League Executive Director, gave additional remarks as the medal was formally presented.

The Architectural League thanks the supporters of the 2020 President’s Medal.

Amale Andraos, Columbia GSAPP
Annabelle Selldorf
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Mary Burnham
Paratus Group
Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
Sciame Construction, LLC
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Paul Schulhof | Architects + Partners

Architecture Research Office
Fogarty Finger Architecture
Hargreaves Jones
Jeannie and Tom Phifer
Ken Smith Workshop
Kubany Judlowe
Leroy Street Studio
LTL Architects
Marvel Architects
MdeAS Architects
Michael A. Manfredi and Marion Weiss
Nancy Owens Studio Landscape Architecture + Urban Design PLLC
Sage and Coombe Architects
Sharon Davis
Susan T Rodriguez | Architecture • Design
Tsao & McKown
WXY architecture + urban design

Brian Steinwurtzel
BuroHappold Engineering
COOKFOX Architects
Hank Koning and Julie Eizenberg
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Rob Rogers and Alissa Bucher
Rockwell Group
SHoP Architects
Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects

Agnes Gund
Amanda M. Burden
Armand LeGardeur
Barbara Wilks
Deborah Nevins
Guy Nordenson and Associates
Karen Stein
Kliment Halsband Architects
Leslie Gill Architect
Peter Reed
Stephen Yablon
Sylvia Smith, FXCollaborative Architects