The Royal Institute of British Architects has given its 2018 Royal Gold Medal to artist and architect Neave Brown for being “a pioneer of quality public housing,” reports ArchDaily. The London-based Brown is known for postwar housing projects such as the terraced Alexandra Road Estate.
“All my work! I got it just by flying blind, I seem to have been flying all my life,” said Brown upon receiving the news. He added, “The Royal Gold Medal is entirely unexpected and overwhelming. It’s recognition of the significance of my architecture, its quality, and its current urgent social relevance.”
Brazilian architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha and British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid are the two previous recipients of RIBA’s gold medal.